How to Draw Cupped Hands

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When drawing cupped hands you just have to learn how to master a few really basic shapes. Learn how to draw cupped hands with help from an artist in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Daisy. I'm an artist and I'm going to show you how to draw cupped hands today. We're going to start with really basic shapes. I'm going to be looking down on the hands. So I'm going to draw two circles to kind of start the hand shape and then bring where the fingers are in like this. There's a couple lines and then what I find is really good is looking at your own hands in the mirror. It helps a lot then trying to do it off the top of your head but we're going to put a couple lines in here just to give us reference for where the arms are and then we can start filling in some detail. So this line is going to be the top of the fingers. We're going to fill in the fingers by just following our guidelines and bringing them in like so and don't forget these fingers get bigger they're different sizes. So don't make them all the same size. Now you can choose which side is going to be on top or if they're going to be right together. I'm going to have this hand a little bit more on top so this little finger is going to be right on top of all of the fingers and they're all just going to come in. Make sure you've got the right amount and some you won't really see too much. Then let's not forget the thumbs so we've got a basic shape with like an oval up here where the thumb is, a long line coming out and meeting here. And this line connects to the oval. You can get rid of some of these working lines in the middle so you can see it a little bit better. And the same on this side, an oval and a long oval shape for the thumb and it connects to this side. So you can shade in under where the thumbs are to give it a little bit of shadow and even put some wrinkles in. When you're happy with the way it looks and you've done enough shading, you've got a pretty simple pair of cupped hands. And I just like working away and then taking some away and there we go. My name is Daisy and that's how you draw cupped hands.

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