How to Draw a Skeleton Hand

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A skeleton hand drawing is complex and simple at the same time.
A skeleton hand drawing is complex and simple at the same time. (Image: la mano image by caironbohemio from Fotolia.com)

The human skeleton hand has 26 bones, which is more bones than in any part of the body. The pieces all attach together in separate parts to build the fingers and the wrist, secured with tendons. Drawing a skeleton hand is simple and complex at the same time. While there are many pieces to create, each piece is generally very easy to draw. Another bonus is that there is very little shading, compared to drawing other skeletal pieces, such as the skull.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Piece of paper
  • Picture of skeleton hand (optional)
  • Eraser

Run a pencil over the top of a piece of drawing paper, creating a very general line structure that is shaped like a human hand. Make a single line for each finger, long enough to run through the finger itself and through the palm to the wrist.

Add in each individual piece of bone to the outline, drawing them directly over the line. The very tips of the fingers have sharper bones that are slightly triangular in shape. From there, the bones form through each of the three joints on each finger. They continue to reach downward, each bone long and tubular, to join with the cluster of wrist bones. Depending on how realistic you’d like your drawing to be, you may want to use a scientific diagram of the skeleton hand to ensure complete accuracy.

Erase any evidence of the initial line structure. Use the side of your pencil to shade lightly the very outside edges of each bone, darkening slightly whenever near a tendon.

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