First lets look at the fingers and how they
relate to the hand. When the hand is laid flat
like so, it can be enclosed by an oval. The oval
can give you a general idea of how tall the
fingers are on the hand. It can also help in
drawing the hand. If you draw an oval at the top
of the wrist, you can get a rough idea of where
the fingertips will be.
middle finger is the tallest finger on the
average hand. The fourth, or ring finger, is the
second tallest finger. This is a mistake some
artists make when drawing hands - they depict
the middle and fourth fingers as being the same
common error - which finger is shorter - the
thumb or pinky? Trick Question! They're
about the same length!
question: Which finger is longer - the index
finger or pinky? Ok, that one is easy - the
index finger. BUT - the pinky is only
about half a fingernail shorter. It's not as
short as many people imagine it to be.
common error is to draw the knuckles in a
straight line across the hand. That's not how
they are laid out on the hand. They're on a
curve that follows the top of the palm.