Use negative space to draw better hands

Even a seemingly complex process like drawing a hand can be simplified, with the right drawing techniques and tricks. Using shapes and working with negative space will create a foundation for your drawing, to help you to draw better hands. 

The exercise outlined in the following steps is one that you can try at home, drawing your own hand (using a mirror) or a friend's. It could just as easily be applied to a chair, a plant or anything that presents trapped shapes and negative spaces. It will help you to exercise one of the most helpful skills you can develop when making observational drawings – objectivity.

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Jake is an artist, author of a bestselling series of how to draw books and head tutor of independent drawing school Draw. He uses drawing as a tool for communication.