Question: How To Draw A Hand With Nails?

How to Draw Fingernails 6 Different Ways

This tutorial demonstrates how to draw fingernails in a variety of styles, with an emphasis on anime and manga art, but the techniques can be applied to other styles as well.

Drawing a Hand With No Fingernails

This tutorial will teach you how to draw nails. In anime and manga, hands are sometimes drawn without fingernails, especially when they are shown from afar. When a person’s hand is drawn up close, you are more likely to see nails.

Drawing Short Fingernails

You can fully outline each nail and leave a tiny bit of space between the tips of the nails and the tips of the fingers when drawing short realistic nails.

Drawing Simplified Fingernails

The nails are not completely outlined in the example above, but there is no gap between the fingers and the nails, so you can draw them just as well as before.

Drawing Long Fingernails

Long fingernails should obviously be drawn longer, with pointier tips, but it’s still a good idea to fully draw out the hand first, then draw the nails over top of it, as shown in the video, and then erase the parts of the fingers that are covered by them afterwards.

Drawing Simplified Long Fingernails

Long anime fingernails can also be drawn in a more Manga style, but otherwise they’re pretty much the same as the previous example. They’re similar to the short nails, but with a gap in the inner ends instead of a straight line.

Drawing Fingernails With Nail Polish

To draw anime/manga style nails with open inner ends, fill the shapes of the nails with color but leave the gaps in the outlines.

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Drawing Long Finger Nails With no Nail Outlines

When drawing non-close-up drawings of hands with long fingernails (as is common in anime and manga), you can use this trick to avoid showing the outlines of the nails by giving the fingers pointier tips instead of outlining.


This is a relatively short tutorial because there isn’t much to it; if you need help drawing hands, see the links at the beginning of the tutorial; for other similar tutorials, see

How do you draw a hand step by step?

Part 1 of how to draw hands u2013 Construction

  1. Step 1: Draw the palm. Step 2: Draw five circles. Step 3: Measure and draw the fingers. Step 4: Find the joints for each finger. Step 5: Draw circles at each joint. Step 6: Draw the thumb.

How do you draw ideas?

Ideas for Drawing: Imagination

  1. Create an alternate cover for your favorite book or album.
  2. Illustrate a scene from your favorite song.
  3. Draw a scene or character from your favorite book.
  4. Illustrate your favorite fairy-tale.
  5. Invent your own insects.

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