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Tutorial- Using Refs for Hands by ThirdPotato Tutorial- Using Refs for Hands by ThirdPotato
This is a continuation of my Using Photo Reference tutorial.

*jeevani's tutorial really inspired me with her eye-opening understructure for hands, so I wanted to expound on how to use references for uncovering such understructure. So props to *jeevani!

The 3D hands you see there are from a fantastic site here: [link] which is great for being able to see body parts in three dimensional space, for when you can't get the right angle you want with real life or photo reference. So do check that out.

:iconjeevani:'s Tutorials on Hands
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:iconmystictrinket:
MysticTrinket Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
My new go to reference guy <3
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wnter06 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015
:) (Smile) 
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dvymark Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for this it has helped me a lot
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VincentRinehart Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh man thanks so much. i'm totally balls at drawing hands. glad i stumbled across your page!
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you kindly >w< I'm glad to have helped!
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RainaRainStorm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
oh wow! i never really thought about using refs for hands....might as well get started looking for hand postures/poses,now.

thank you for opening my eyes to something i havent really thought about
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
By all means n.n
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UsayFudo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Student General Artist
cool
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:iconnavanavin:
navanavin Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Love it!
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:iconklivanrobert:
KlivanRobert Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
agh. yes. hands and feet are always the hardest to sketch
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:iconmaxine2:
maxine2 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
thank you so much,I's very important to have good tutorials like yours to practice from.
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:iconnepitty:
Nepitty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Super helpful! O.O Better than any others I've seen!!
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the comments!
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:iconnepitty:
Nepitty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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silverkeeper01 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Digital Artist
great tuto!
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TreeTracer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow - this helped out a lot. Thanks!
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Nothofagus-obliqua Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellently done, and very useful tutorial :)
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BudgieFace Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
This is so useful. I was looking at my own hand about the aligning joint thing. I appear to have TINY pinkies and thumbs :L
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
XD Well everyone's quite different, so you just never know n.n
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:iconlupa92:
Lupa92 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
possibly the most useful piece of artwork I've seen Great Job!
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconflickabee:
FlickaBee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG you made it to the front page gurl! 8D
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Orly!? Hot diggity!!!
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FlickaBee Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yah rly! X3
Congrats!

And how have you been lately? I haven't seen you on GB in awhile, i hope everything is okay.
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ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much again, Steel! I really do appreciate it n.n

I've been aiight, but so busy these days! I do miss the forum; I ought to get back to that, and check out everything again. I been needing my GNG/GDW fix lately! But yeah, man. Since I graduated college in May, life seems to have become somehow even more busy than usual XD Funny the way that works. Oi, I guess that's adulthood o.o I'm not prepared for all that. XD And how've you been?
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FrostedIcefire Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I saw a tutorial once that said females and males have different hands. Female's pinky finger reaches to the top joint of the ring, making it a litle different. The male's hand, well, you already gave it. ^^
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ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed! That, and everyone's hands are different too, it's almost hard to pinpoint where things line up. Seems to be a vast variety
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Naiv-chan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really helps a lot, I appreciate this! :D
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edaphosaurus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
very helpful to us~!!!
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331060 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! This is definitely helpful!
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ScMartinez Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Excellent reference. Thanks.
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ffej52 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
very very nice, many thanks
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Dantexvergillover Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Man this will soo help me out hands are the hardest to draw for me!

Thank you for this
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Miss-Jazzmatazz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that helps thanks you ^^
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Grimmy-The-Otaku Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
seeing how the hand is made into different parts really helps me to understand how to draw hands. great tutuoral
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SlackersDeadAccount Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Thanks! This shall help me a lot!
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VisualEcho Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
thanks :D
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awesomemcnugget Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
very helpful
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Rossellini Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Bottled epicness :iconfreeinternetplz:
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KyleCartlidge Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
nice tutorial, one of my least favorite things to draw! i'll keep it in mind thanks
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:iconthirdpotato:
ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks n.n
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ixori Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Nice tutorial!
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stuffelstar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Student General Artist
thanks
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cartoonistinu Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this will be really helpful! thanks!
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Salmela Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Gee, thanks. These tutorials have been very useful to me. :dance:
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NezumiYuki Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice! =D
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PT-Freeman Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
This is most amazing.I'm impressed on how you 'dissect' the hand to make it easier to draw.:D Love the tutorial.
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roman-leif-teufel Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome. I can draw hands worth a poop. :)
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Specifier Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
that bottom grabbyhand reminds me of ern. Prob cause it looks a bit small and soft-edged. xD
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ThirdPotato Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
HAHAHA I'm so glad you thought so too XD I thought I was going crazy keke
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