How to Draw the Back of the Hand
Whereas the palm side of the hand is muscular and fatty, the back of the hand is bony and full of tendons. The extensor tendons of the thumb (A) are visible when con-tracted, as are the other four extensor tendons (C). The first dorsal interosseous (B) is the largest of the four dorsal interosseous muscles, and it is the only one that shows its form through the skin’s surface; when the thumb is flexed, this muscle appears as a bulging teardrop shape. When you learn how to draw the back of the hand, remember to pay attention to the bone structure. This is how you will make your drawing realistic.
Artwork (c) 2004, 2005 Ken Goldman