Hands are one of the most complex parts of human anatomy, and a struggle for many artists to master. When drawn correctly, hands can convey as much emotion and movement as any facial expression. When they aren’t designed with correct proportion and angles, however, hands become a glaring problem in what might otherwise be a well-drawn tattoo.
Following the Tattoo Smart community’s reaction to his Pile of Skulls stamp brush set and asset library, Javi Antunez was excited to develop an accompanying toolkit to help tattooers and artists move past designs that hide hands intentionally, or find themselves endlessly scrolling the internet only to settle for a not-quite-right reference photo.
The hands in this asset library are incredibly dynamic, capturing the emotion of each gesture in the varying tension and musculature of the pose. Featuring 3 different types of hands, male, female, and skeletons, each with 10 different finger/fist poses, and each of those shown from 5 different angles. The breadth of variation in this toolkit means that you can try an immense range of options to capture exactly the gesture to suit your design.
The male hands are rugged and somewhat weathered, and a strong representation of a masculine hand. The female hands, soft and dainty, are immediately more elegant and feminine. The skeleton hands are incredibly useful for both skeleton tattoo reference and as a way of learning the underlying structural anatomy.