Tips for Drawing: Hands 103

The journey into drawing the human hand continues with this third installment, discussing an issue brought up by reader ‘Catplanet’ from the comments of the previous article. Today we tackle fingernails and their use at defining the planes of the fingers. Plus a few quick tips to differentiate male hands from female’s!

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Hands are just one part of the drawing puzzle. If you’re stuck on a particular aspect of drawing, one-on-one help can be found at Don’t hesitate to stop by and send along an email if you have any questions. Let’s see what we can do to get you to the next level!

Joshua Taback is a veteran Director, Animator, and Character Layout Artist. He has worked for many years on The Simpsons television show, as well as Family Guy. Currently, he is a Director on Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja for Disney, and a personal mentor for artists via

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Hermes Gander

Love these articles!

Sgt. Stacks

I really wish I could draw that good how do you do it? Every time I try it comes out looking ugly I don’t think I’m very good at this. I would like to go to art after high school but my parents are against it and I don’t know if I could keep up with people who I see online and are already better than me. I just like making comics it’s fun.


Very useful tips! I also have a hard time drawing hands and feet, so this comes handy! Thank you!

Daniela Gobbo

I always enjoyed drawing hands, but I was never that good. These articles are really helpful!
But I still think that feet are too weird and they can never be drawn properly.

Joshua Taback

Feet huh? I think I smell a challenge …… or is the just feet?

James D.

OooH! Is the next one going to be on feet? Please please! I especially need help with shoes and stuff. My characters make it look like they are floating on the floor instead of standing you know what I mean? Like they aren’t all the way standing on the ground with weight.


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Slick stuff thanks for the tutorials. Is there gonna be a part 4 yet?




What’s up, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this post. It was great. Keep on posting!


Fantastic tutorial!


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