Sheldon Borenstein offers a valuable insight into two methods of how to draw hands in this detailed and observant drawing tutorial.
The entire hand should be treated as a body as it contains all the necessary components hypothetically speaking like the limbs, main torso and the head so it is very important when drawing the hand that shape and form is of paramount importance. Pencil sketch artist Borenstein studies the hand of the wax figure and uses a soft grade pencil to lightly define all the outlines which form the major construction and body of the hand. Next, he goes in with the side of his white charcoal pencil and picks out the highlights of the side planes for example the edges of the fingers and palm, this begins to develop body within your pencil sketch.
More complex areas of bone and thin skin like around the knuckle areas are drawn in and emphasised adding linear proportions and a definite shape to the form of the hand, and it is with a selection of hard lines and soft lines that the appearance of realism starts to unfold. He talks about drawing with the shoulder rather than the wrist because it allows a freer flow of the pencil rather than complicating your style with too much unnecessary pencil shading and intricate line work.
A cross hatch method is adopted when shading with the pencil using both the white chalk pencil and the dark soft pencil to compliment and contrast each other with either deep tonal shades or striking white highlights.
The end of the pencil drawing tutorial shows the artist laying tracing paper over his finished sketch and he begins to section each of the fingers and components into blocks to allow you to see how the hand and any other part of the human body has it’s roots fundamentally rooted in basic geometrics. Learning to draw the hand can become very easy when this method is used over and over and is a very quick and useful way to be able to draw hands in all their various positions. Get your sketchbook and pencils and go out in public to get some practice in how to draw people’s hands.