Learning how to draw a finger can be useful if you need to draw an illustration featuring more details or a closer view. We can all agree that cartoon characters usually don't have a high level of details. Hands are also represented with four fingers instead of five, so sketching a realistic finger is not something you will do quite often. Still, it can be a good idea to learn to draw this body part properly.
Most of the fingers and toes are made from three phalanges. The proximal, the middle one and the distal phalanx. You also need to create a simple nail near the tip of the cartoon finger. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add simple shadows and reflections on the finger to create more depth and volume. Ready? Let's proceed with the first step now.
First, let's sketch a few shapes to create a template that will be used to help us draw the finger. All three phalanges are represented by irregular rectangles. For the nail, you can draw a large oval shape. The finger is slightly bent, so make sure to draw these shapes accordingly. It's also time to polish the posture and make sure proportions are accurate.
Using mostly long curved lines, it's now time to use our template to draw the silhouette of the cartoon finger. All lines are thicker near the middle and made from pointed ends.
Lines on top of the finger are slightly bent while lines on the bottom of the finger are more curved. Once you are done, you can erase all basic shapes created previously (seen in gray below).
Now that the silhouette of the finger is completed, you can add plain colors inside the illustration. The finger itself can be darker while the nail is brighter. Nice work! This lesson on how to draw a finger is progressing nicely. We need to add more details if we want to end up with something visually more appealing.
Between all three phalanges, you can draw short curved lines to illustrate a few wrinkles. Use a darker color once all lines are drawn (lines are currently blue, but this will be visible in the next step). Next, draw another large shape on the bottom of the finger to represent a simple shadow.
On the nail, you can sketch three simple shapes to create reflection. All these three shapes must be filled with a brighter color. On all three phalanges, you can also draw subtle oval shapes to complete this drawing lesson.
Below, you can see the final illustration once all steps are completed. The fun part about this tutorial is that the finger looks quite realistic even if no gradients of complex effects were used. Only basic shapes are assembled to create this fun image.
If you want to study all steps quickly and effectively, then you can use the image below. Don't hesitate to sketch more versions using various angles, postures and textures. Fingers are definitely a little bit challenging to sketch, but drawing a whole cartoon hand can be more complicated.
Now that we are done learning how to draw a finger in just six easy steps, you are invited to try more fun body parts from this site below. Don't forget to practice often and have fun with all these amazing resources.