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Hand Study Angle Chart 1 by Shadowcross Hand Study Angle Chart 1 by Shadowcross
While I was working on building assets for an animation project, I found myself drawing a lot of hands. Even with a static camera angle, hands are dynamic, and require much, much more than the standard 8 drawings for the turn-a-round. So, in addition to the standard 8 angles, I drew two variants (one tilted up, and one tilted down), and one extra for the front angle (bottom), for a total of 25 drawings.

I've arranged these drawings into a handy (haha, pun!) chart as a visual aid to determine the which drawings each hand should reasonably transition into. I originally made this chart for my personal use, but then, I thought that maybe others can use it as a guide to help them on drawing hands for their art projects.

This hand shape is a neutral hand position. It's the natural shape the hand takes when it's not being used. It can also be used as a transitional shape between the full open and full closed (fist) shapes.

Feel free to use this as a reference for your projects. Hell, trace it if you want (I learned tracing DOES help beginners get better). Just remember to credit me in your comments and link back to either this deviation or my account page.

Hand Study Angle Chart 2
Hand Study Angle Chart 3
Hand Study Angle Chart 4
Hand Study Angle Chart 5
Hand Study Angle Chart 6
Hand Study Angle Chart 7
Hand Study Angle Chart 8
Shoe Study Angle Chart

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MaidenMegara Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally love you for loading these.
BotanofSpiritWorld Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014   Digital Artist
These are amazing references! These will come in handy, sorry the pun :giggle: 
SilentShadowHill Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Good and interesting.
puddlefisher Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014   Digital Artist
Stupendous and handy ( :shrug: ), thanks a bunch for sharing!
CorvidCatastrophe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is incredibly helpful!
I would go through and favourite each, but that seemed excessive. :) Thank you for this!
EyeGoCrazy Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful :)
Infindibulator Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
This is great! I have to work on drawing hands, but it's such a chore :|
SakuraNights Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very helpful! Thanks!
Sir-Herp Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Incredibly useful, thanks for making these available to reference!
PirraAiren Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   General Artist
<font><font>Очень нужное)))</font></font>
Berryfox Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
so nice tut thank you very much *O*
Yuraura Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Filmographer
Great! It's very useful! I used this for my short animation's model study.
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