6 Ways to Draw Anime Hands Holding Something

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to draw manga, anime, or comic-book-style hands that hold different objects. Examples include hands holding the sword, knife or shopping bag, gun, cell phone, pencil, or pen. The examples can be used to draw real hands.

6 Ways to Draw Anime Hands Holding Something

It is also possible to look at Drawing Anime Step by Step or Manga Hands Step by Step.

Anime hands holding different objects

Drawing hands by themselves isn’t easy. Drawing hands while holding objects is even more difficult as certain hands can be completely covered by the object making it more difficult to determine the proper position and proportions of the different hand parts.

This tutorial will show you some examples of drawing objects you will likely find in manga, anime, or comic books.

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Knife

Anime hand holding knife palm and thumb base

Begin by drawing the proportions overall of the main parts in the hand. If your fingers are positioned together, they can be drawn in one large shape, before drawing each finger separately.

Anime hand holding knife fingers and thumb proportions

Draw the outline of the thumb, and then draw your thumb. The different shapes could overlap, however, you can erase the lines that overlap while you draw to ensure that your sketch doesn’t become too messy.

The final proportions sketch you draw will look like your hand that is wearing a glove.

Anime hand holding knife thumb and finger proportions

Once you’ve got the basic shape of your hand (this could be a rough sketch) sketch the actual item that your hand will hold (in this instance, the knife).

Anime hand-holding knife sketch

Make sure you clean up the drawing and erase any lines.

 

Anime hand-holding knife

Sketch in the specifics of the knife and hand. It is also possible to draw over the drawing with more detailed lines that are cleaner and darker.

You could also use the same perspective of the hand as well as the same techniques when drawing it with other types of objects. You can also change the object’s direction to face upwards instead of downwards. For instance, you could sketch a club or sword. It is also possible to rotate your hand and draw it onto something similar to handrails.

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Sword

Anime hand holding sword palm and thumb base

Begin with the most important hand shapes.

Anime hand holding sword fingers and thumb and index proportions

Since in this instance there will be an index finger that is slightly displaced towards the rest of the fingers, we draw it as a separate. It is possible to begin drawing the other fingers in one shape (same as the first illustration).

Anime hand-holding sword finger proportions

Once you have the main proportions, draw the sword. Draw the fingers individually following that.

Anime hand-holding sword sketch

Make sure you clean up your drawing.

Anime hand-holding sword

Draw the small details.

As in the previous illustration, you could also make use of this particular view and the location in the hands to demonstrate the hand holding objects or holding onto objects in a more relaxed fashion.

To learn how to draw a katana, refer to:

How to Draw a Katana Step by Step

 

For different types of weapons, check out:

  • How to Draw a Shuriken (Ninja Star) Step by Step
  • How to Draw a Kunai (Weapon) Step by Step

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Shopping Bag

Anime hand holding shopping bag palm and thumb base

Begin by drawing the most important designs in the palm. Draw the palm as well as the thumb’s base.

Anime hand holding shopping bag fingers and thumb proportions

Draw the overall form of your fingers. Then draw the thumb’s base, followed by the thumb itself.

Anime hand holding shopping bag finger proportions

Draw the bag once you’ve drawn a rough sketch of your hand and draw each finger individually afterward.

Anime hand-holding shopping bag

Remove the guidelines and finish your drawing with specifics.

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Phone

Anime hand holding phone palm and thumb base

While later on, most of the hands will cover by the phone, it is important to sketch the basic designs of the hand as in the previous examples in order to avoid mistakes later.

Anime hand holding phone fingers and thumb proportions

Draw a rough outline to mark the outline of your fingers (you could also opt to skip this step for this particular image and draw each finger in turn). Then trace the thumb.

Anime hand-holding finger proportions

The phone is drawn with a light touch so that you are able to feel the hand.

Anime hand-holding phone sketch

Clean your drawing. To aid in the tutorial, the phone is kept as “see-through” in this step, but you are able to proceed to erase the parts that are hidden from the hand.

Anime hand-holding phone

It is possible to erase the visible hand part If you didn’t do this in the previous step. Then, draw the specifics.

 

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Gun

Anime hand holding gun palm and thumb base

Draw the most prominent designs on your hand.

Anime hand holding gun fingers and thumb proportions

The index finger should be drawn separately from the other fingers (it will be placed on the trigger) and draw the overall form of the other fingers.

Anime hand holding gun index finger proportions

Make sure to draw the gun once you have the largest proportions of your hand.

Anime hand-holding gun finger proportions

Draw each finger individually.

Anime hand-holding gun sketch

Make sure you clean up your drawing.

Anime hand-holding gun

Make sure you draw in the specifics.

How to Draw Anime or Manga Hand Holding a Pen or Pencil

Anime hand holding pen or pencil palm and thumb base

Find the proportions overall of the hand. It may be harder drawing the palm portion of the hand when looking this way.

Anime hand holding pen or pencil thumb and index finger proportions

Draw your thumb and index finger, and then draw with a pencil or pen.

Anime hand holding pen or pencil middle finger proportions

Because the fingers of the other hand are not visible from this angle, it is hard to trace them out in the right size and position. So it’s best to sketch out every finger from the base up to the tip using light lines (you can erase the invisible portions in the future).

In the interest of the instruction, certain parts that make up the hands are drawn in a way that is transparent, making it easier to distinguish the other hand parts. It’s not necessary to be concerned about this when drawing.

Anime hand holding pen or pencil ring finger proportions

Make sure you draw the ring finger.

Anime hand holding pen or pencil pinky finger proportions

Draw your pinky finger.

Anime hand-holding pen or pencil sketch

Make sure you clean up your drawing.

Anime hand-holding pen or pencil

Draw the smaller parts of your hand.

Conclusion

As we have mentioned, you can draw the hands using the illustrations in this guide to sketching hands that hold other objects. You can draw hands from different angles with the same techniques beginning with a rough sketch drawing the most important portions of your hand at first, and moving on to the smaller details. If you’re having difficulty drawing the areas which aren’t visible make sure to draw the hand with “see-through” to help you position them properly.

Always ensure that you examine the different proportions of your hand with each other to avoid making mistakes. Hands can be difficult to draw so don’t let yourself get discouraged when your drawings don’t look correctly at first. Keep practicing.

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