How to Draw a Skeleton Hand

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"You have two hands: one to help yourself and the second to help others."
- Unknown

Human hands are unique appendages. We have a prehensile thumb, for example, set at an angle that allows us to grasp objects and expertly operate tools.

This drawing guide takes a look beneath the surface of the hand. The skeleton hand can be seen in x-rays, which allow the bones to be viewed. Skeleton hands are also part of the dry skeletons of the deceased.

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Skeletons are often used in Halloween iconography. They are also used to demonstrate the dangerousness or forbidden quality of places like tombs and hidden passages. In many movies, a skeletal hand may fall on someone's shoulder as they explore the unknown.

Would you like to draw a cartoon skeleton hand? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing guide is here to show you how. All you will need is a pencil, an eraser, and a sheet of paper.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Skeleton Hand

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 1

1. Begin by drawing the bone of the arm. Use a long, curved line to draw the rounded "W" shaped ends of the bone, called the proximal and distal epiphysis, and the parallel length of the bone, called the diaphysis. There are two long bones in the arm, so this could represent the ulna or radius.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 2

2. Draw an inverted, rounded "W" shaped line, forming a flattened heart like shape. This forms a simplified version of the bones of the palm, which include the trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate, pisiform, triquetrum, lunate, and scaphoid bones.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 3

3. Draw an irregular rounded shape overlapping the palm, erasing as necessary. This forms the base of the thumb, called the metacarpal bone.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 4

4. Draw an irregular peanut shape at the end of the metacarpal bone. This forms the thumb's proximal and distal phalanx.

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How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 5

5. Draw two irregular shapes like curved rectangles emerging from the palm. These form the metacarpal bones of the pointer and middle fingers.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 6

6. Use curved lines to create two more irregular, roughly rectangular shapes emerging from the palm. These form the metacarpal bones of the ring and pinky fingers.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 7

7. Draw curved rectangles extending from the first two fingers. These are the proximal phalanx bones of the pointer and middle fingers.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 8

8. Draw curved rectangles at the tips of the ring and pinky fingers, forming the proximal phalanx bones.

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How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 9

9. Draw partial oval shapes at the tips of each finger, forming the distal phalanx bones. draw a curved line across the palm.

How to Draw Skeleton Hand: Step 10

Color the skeleton hand. Bones are often depicted as white, cream, or black.

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