How to draw a hand holding a pencil

How to draw a hand holding a pencil

Drawing hands is very challenging.

Because a human hand is versatile from every angle.

And when you’re considering looking at a hand from either a top view or front view, drawing a hand can become slightly difficult even for an artist who’s been drawing for a long time.

Drawing hands comes with practice.

I’ve already covered how to draw a cartoon hand in this post.

But today, I will be teaching you how to draw a cartoon hand holding a pencil specifically.

This is what you will be learning today:

Once you color the hand, you will have learned how to draw a hand holding a pencil.

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Let’s begin.

How to Draw a Hand Holding a Pencil (Easy Tutorial for Beginners)

Before I start with the tutorial, please know that I always draw a rough guide before drawing the hand – this helps me draw the hand properly since I have a template to start with.

You can check out my entire tutorial on drawing hands here if you want to really learn how to draw a hand at any angle.

Step 1: Drawing the hand template

Let us start with a bean shape like this first:

Draw a bean shape

If you are using pencils to draw this drawing, please draw this very lightly.

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Now, let’s draw the part of the hand that holds the thumb – it’s usually oval in shape and attached to the bean like object like this:

Draw a circle on the side of the bean shape

Easy enough, right?

Now, it’s time to draw the index finger.

Start by drawing little circles where each circle represents a segment of the finger.

Overlap the circles so that you can easily see where the joints of the fingers are.

Draw the index finger

Repeat the same process when drawing the thumb.

Only the thumb and index finger are mainly used when the hand is holding the pencil, so we don’t need to do this for the other fingers since these 2 fingers are the main heroes in this drawing!

Remember, the thumb only has 2 segments – not 3.

Draw the thumb

Now, draw the pencil; the pencil rough sketch can overlap the template because we will be drawing over this with a permanent outline later.

Just focus on keeping your pencil lines straight and angle it however you want.

You can also hold a pencil and see how the pencil rests in your hand before drawing this pose.

Draw a rough guide for a pencil

Now that we have the rough sketch, let’s begin drawing the hand. Start drawing the outline slowly.

Start drawing the hand

And then draw the index finger.

Draw the index finger

Now, draw the thumb.

Remember to add the finger nails when drawing the fingers.

Draw the thumb

Draw the rest of the hand, take it slowly; there is no rush.

Remember to add the winkles in the skin when drawing the hand.

Draw the rest of the hand

Once you finish drawing the hand, draw the rest of the arm, including the wrist.

This doesn’t require much effort.

Draw the arm

Now, it’s time to draw the pencil!

It’s okay if the lines are overlapping – we can clean it up later.

Draw the pencil

Once you’re happy with the hand holding a pencil, start cleaning up the overlapping lines.

Clean up all the lines

Once you’re done with the drawing, you can color your drawing.

I have a whole video here on how to color your digital art.

Once you color the hand, you will have learned how to draw a hand holding a pencil.

And we’re done!

We’ve learned how to draw a hand holding a pencil.

Conclusion + Resources

I hope this in-depth tutorial was helpful to you, and you were able to learn how to draw a hand holding a pencil

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