In this post I will teach you how to draw a hand on a hip

How to draw a hand on a hip

When drawing characters, one of the most popular positions is to draw the character with their hand on their hips.

It can be slightly confusing, especially when taking the length of the arms and the position of the body.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how to draw a hand on a hip in a step-by-step way so that you can draw people in this position easily!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a drawing beginner who’s learning how to draw. The following steps are extremely easy to understand. As long as you follow the tutorial step by step, you should have no difficulty understanding it.

This is the position we will be learning to draw today.

Draw the waist and clothes. You will learn how to draw a hand on a hip.

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Let’s begin.

How to Draw a Hand on a Hip- (Step by Step) Easy guide for beginners

We will begin by drawing a rough sketch of the character first.

When drawing Anatomy, it’s wise to draw a rough sketch of the body first – this makes it easy for us to use the rough sketch as a template when creating the main illustration.

This will make it easy for us to draw the character with their hand on their hip.

Let’s start by drawing the head shape first.

Draw the head

I’m using the technical pencil in Procreate for this (it is free with the app) but if you are drawing this on paper, make sure the lines are very light, because we’ll be erasing these lines later to draw our final character.

I won’t go into detail about drawing heads because this post is about drawing the position of a hand on a hip, but you can check out this book if you’re interested.

I highly suggest getting that book because you’ll learn to draw human anatomy from scratch and it will make a huge difference to your art.

Next, we’ll draw a rough sketch of the neck and the torso.

I’m twisting it slightly as you can see so that we can draw this character in a nice position that’s more seemly.

Draw the neck and torso

Next, I’ll draw the shoulder joints – we always draw joints as circles.

Draw the shoulder joints then

And to complete the main body, I will draw the waist and the hip. Women’s hips are bigger than men’s so we draw a big box for the hips.

Draw the waist and hips

Now, it’s time to draw arms.

I’m going to draw the arm that’s behind her – this arm will be straight lying at her side.

Draw the other arm that's behind the hip

And now, we’ll draw the other arm.

The other arm is going to rest on her hip so we need to fold it like this.

At this point, don’t bother making your drawing perfect. It’s okay if it’s rough – this is just to give us a rough idea of how to ink our lines later.

Draw the hand on a hip

And we’ve finished our rough sketch.

We can start by inking out the head and the hair. I’m using the dry ink brush in Procreate for this.

You can draw any character – in any art style.

Draw the head and face

Next, I’ll pen out the neck and the torso of the character like this:

Draw the torso of the body

And we’ll draw the shoulder and the arm that is behind her.

If you want to learn how to draw human anatomy, do get this book. It’s what I used to learn to draw better characters.

Draw the other arm

Now, we’ll draw the hand.

I’m going to draw the bean-shaped palm first and the thumb.

Always draw the palm first. This makes it easier to draw the hand.

Draw the hand

Note: Read this post to learn how to draw cartoon hands.

Next, we’ll draw the fingers one by one. You can get this book if you want to learn how to draw hands.

Draw the fingers

Now, we can draw the other arm.

Note that the elbow is lower than what you expect it to be generally. And keep very little distance between the elbow and the torso.

Draw the other arm of the body

Now, it’s time to draw the other hand.

We’ll start with the bean shape of the palm first.

Draw the hand on the hip

Isn’t that easy?

Note: I break down drawing hands in this post if you’d like to understand how to draw hands easily.

Draw the fingers one by one

And next, we’ll draw the fingers one by one.

We aren’t going to draw the thumb because the thumb is behind the hip.

Once we’ve finished drawing both the arms, we can draw the waist and the hips.

And add the clothes.

To keep this drawing very simple, I’m going to draw a sports bra and leggings to make the clothes fit tight.

Draw the waist and clothes. You will learn how to draw a hand on a hip.

And we’ve finished learning how to draw a hand on a hip.

You can also use this hand on hip drawing reference to draw your character in the same pose!

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I’m going to go ahead, erase the rough lines and color my illustration now. Read this post if you would like to learn how to color digital art.

Next, I’ll add some shadows and highlights and use the blend tool to blend the shadows and I’m done!

Add highlights and shadows to the illustration

Conclusion + Resources

I hope this in-depth tutorial was helpful to you, and you were able to learn how to a hand on a hip easily.

Drawing poses can be a little tricky, but you can use several methods to make drawing poses easier for you:

  • Go to to practice drawing poses
  • Take photos of yourself in different poses and use that as a drawing reference (one of the best ways to learn)
  • Or look at stock photos online of people in poses so you can draw poses better.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t look right straight away.

Drawing poses gets better with practice.

If you want to see more tutorials on hair and people, just leave a comment down below. You can check out my other Character Tutorials to learn how to draw people and clothes.

I will be adding more drawing tutorials to this blog, so keep a lookout!

If you are looking for books on drawing people and bodies check these out.

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