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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Draw a Hand in a Clenched Fist

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Hands: a symbol of protection, collaboration, solidarity, and friendship. Whether they’re splayed, extended, or clenched—like they are here—hands are one of the most difficult parts of the human anatomy to draw.

But by taking a rough sketch into Illustrator and tracing its outlines, you can create elegant vector artwork to use for logos or a motivational poster like the one shown in today’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques.

Deke deconstructs the process, taking the artwork back to its original scanned state and showing you how to build it back up again.

He’ll show you how to draw a hand by placing an image of the sketch in an Illustrator document, convert it to a template, and trace the drawing with the Pen tool, adjusting individual anchor points with the Selection (white arrow) tool as you go. You’ll trace the wrist, the backside of the palm, knuckles, and so on, and give the detail lines a variable width stroke.

Check out the follow-up movie in the lynda.com library for tips on cleaning up the original sketch (captured as a cell phone pic) before you trace it. Then come back next week and find out how to turn your single arm into a four-person hand clasp.

 

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