How to Draw HANDS - Muscle Anatomy of the Hand

There’s three large muscle groups in the hand that every artist should know. Knowing the anatomy of the hand will make it much easier to draw hands from any angle and any pose. Get the full lesson at

I’ve poured all my experience into this hand lesson series. I’ll teach you hands in 4 parts… Part 1 explains the muscles of the hand and how to draw them. Part 2 teaches all the surface details, like fingernails, skin folds, and fat pads. In Part 3, I’ll show you a drawing process for drawing hands from reference or from your imagination. Part 4 is a treat: there’s 6 drawing demos, teaching you how to draw everything from relaxed poses to clenched fists. I even talk about foreshortening! This lesson will teach you how to draw anatomically correct hands, and more importantly, interesting and lifelike hands. Don’t want to miss a minute of it? Sign up for the full course at

How to Draw Hand Bones:

Part 1 - Muscle Anatomy of the Hand

Part 2 - Details for Realistic Hands!

Part 3 - Drawing Hands from Imagination

Demos - Tips on Shading and Drawing Hands

Demos - How to Draw a Fist

Demos - How to Draw Cartoon Hands

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This free drawing lesson is a sample of the Anatomy for Artists course offered on The premium section has more demonstrations and extended lessons on the forms of the human body. It also has ebooks for each lesson that you can print out for review and has 3d models of bones and muscles that you can spin around, study, and draw from any angle. The premium section for the hand lesson has extra footage, including a detailed overview of the 7 hand muscles. The hands are notoriously hard to draw; get yourself a helping hand at



Artist | Instructor | Producer - Stan Prokopenko (
Script - Jesse Martel (, Stan Prokopenko
Production Assistance - Sean Ramsey (
Editing - Dzmitry Tsydzik (, Sean Ramsey, Stan Prokopenko
3D Animation - Jijo Sujathan, Essam Kotb, Sean Ramsey, Stan Prokopenko
3D Modeling - Marc Felico Camacho, Alexander Lee (
3D Texture Painting - Cody Shank, Stan Prokopenko
Additional Artwork - Cody Shank
Models - Laura Dasi, Mallory Ownbey, Sekaa, Marshall Vandruff

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