How to Draw a Hand Holding Something


The human body has been a popular topic among drawing for beginners as much as it has been for professional artists. The contours and details of the human body allow for completely creative renditions of these individual parts. The hand itself has 27 bones, and the shape and texture can differ greatly from person to person. If you wish to draw a hand holding an object, the best way to approach this drawing is with a reference to guide you through this process. A picture of a hand will work well, but using your own hand as a model can be a fun experience.

Things You'll Need

  • Drawing pad
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Eraser
  • Reference of hand
  • Determine which object you want the hand to be holding in your drawing. If you are using your own hand as the model, common objects such as pencils, remote controls and food work great for this exercise. If you wish to use a picture of a hand as your reference guide, browse through a collection of photos until you find one that best suits your needs.

  • Sketch the basic outline of the hand using light pencil marks. Sketch the basic shape of the object that the hand is holding, overlapping lines of the hand outline. Check the rough draft with the model or picture you are using as a reference and erase any inconsistencies in basic proportions.

  • Clean up the lines that outline the hand and object it is holding to create more defined images.

  • Add detail to the object before adding any of these lines to the hand itself. Pay close attention to the object and how it rests firmly in the grip of the hand. Add detail to the hand once you have finished with the object, ensuring that you sketch the fingers and palm of the hand as they grasp the object as depicted in the model you are using as a reference guide. Make sure you get all of the lines in the palm and creases of the fingers.

  • Trace all of the pencil marks that define this drawing with an ink pen. Carefully move the pen over the intended areas, as mistakes are harder to fix than with the pencil. Let the ink dry, then erase all remaining pencil marks from the page to create a cleaner look.

  • Add shading to the hand and object to add a more realistic and three-dimensional aspect to the drawing. Areas underneath the fingers, for example, will need shading as they wrap around the object. Use either a pen or a pencil to create this effect, as both utensils offer different techniques.

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