How to Draw Anime and Manga Hands

This tutorial illustrates how to draw anime and manga hands in various positions.

While It’s difficult to have one clear guideline for how to draw hands as they can bend in so many different ways this tutorial does provides some basic tips and examples.

Anime hand drawings

How to draw anime hands

Hands are one of the most difficult body parts to draw and the best way to learn is through a lot of practice.

Drawing anime hands is a little easier then drawing realistic hands as a lot of the details are left out. But the overall shape and proportions are still close.

How to Start Drawing Anime Hands

Anime hand with line showing finger bends

Hand proportions and bends

If you are a beginner then you should practice by first drawing the hand with the palm open and fingers extended to get an idea of the proportions. You can also look at photographs other drawings or at your own hands for reference.

The fingers (fully extended) and the palm of the hand should be roughly the same length. The tip of the thumb if drawn at a 45 degree angle to the hand should reach to just slightly below the knuckle bone of the index finger.

The middle finger should be the longest with the pinky the shortest. The index finger and the ring finger should be roughly the same length.

When drawing the hand in other positions with the fingers bent keep in mind that the fingers basically consist of 3 parts with the distance from the tip of the fingers to the top joint being the shortest and the distance from the knuckles to the bottom join being the longest (as shown in the image above with the blue lines).

Drawing Anime Male and Female Hands

Male and female anime hand drawings

How to draw male and female anime hands

Anime male and female hands are often drawn in basically the same. However when drawing close ups of the hands there are a few differences.

Female hands are usually more slender and curvy with long fingernails. Male hands are usually bigger in comparison and more blocky.

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