Hugs are a universal expression of love, comfort, and affection. Drawing a picture of a hug is a great way to capture this emotion. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to draw a hug in easy-to-follow steps.
- Pencils – HB or 2B for sketching, 4B or 6B for shading
Step 1: Start with Basic Shapes
Begin by sketching two circles for the heads of the people hugging. Draw a line for their shoulders and a rectangular shape for their bodies. Use a ruler to ensure their shoulders are level.
Step 2: Sketch the Arms and Hands
Draw the arms of each person with simple lines, positioning them around each other. Sketch their hands as mittens to define the space where the actual hands will be drawn later.
Step 3: Draw the Actual Shape of Hands and Fingers
Next, draw each person’s hand, starting with the thumb, and then drawing the fingers. Make sure the fingers overlap, indicating a tight grip, and the arms are positioned in a natural way.
Step 4: Complete the Bodies
Draw each person’s body, starting with the chest. Sketch in details like clothing folds to add depth and texture to your drawing.
Step 5: Sketch the Legs and Feet
Draw each person’s legs and feet with horizontal lines. Also, make sure the feet overlap to suggest that they are close together.
Step 6: Add Facial Details
Draw the features of the face, such as the eyes, nose, mouth. Adding expression to the faces augments the impact of the hug’s emotion. It can be either a smile, laughter, or crying, depending on how you want to portray it.
Step 7: Add Hair and Clothing Details
Add details of hair and clothing to make a more realistic drawing.
Step 8: Shading
Use a darker pencil like 4B or 6B for shading and make the shading consistent with the direction of the light source falling on the people. This will help add depth and contrast to your drawing, giving it a more realistic, 3-dimensional look.
Step 9: Erase Guidelines
Clean up your drawing by erasing any remaining guidelines to sharpen the focus on the final drawing.
Step 10: Final Touches
Take a moment to review your work and make any final touches. Add some details like a background, props, or anything that would help convey the message of the drawing in a clearer way.
Congratulations! You have completed your hug drawing. Keep practicing and try different techniques and styles to make your drawing better.
Q: Can I use a reference image while drawing?
A: Yes, using a reference image can be helpful as you create your drawing. Check copyright before you use any image you find on the internet as some images may be protected.
Q: Do I need to use a specific type of pencil for the drawing?
A: No, you don’t need a specific type of pencil, but it’s recommended to use an HB for regular sketching and a 4B or 6B for shading. Usually, a good set of pencils that vary in number from HB to 6B suffices.
Q: Is Hug Drawing limited to a specific art style?
A: No, you can use any art style that suits you or your approach. Hug Drawing is a technique that belongs to general art, and it is not limited to specific styles.
Q: How do I add depth and texture to my drawing?
A: One of the most basic ways to add depth and texture to your drawing is through shading. Shading with different tones can help create the illusion of contour and make a drawing more life-like.
Q: Can I make changes to the drawing as I go?
A: Yes, of course! As you progress with your drawing, if you see something that isn’t looking right or would look better with a few modifications, don’t hesitate to make changes as needed.
Q: How do I make the hug hands appear more life-like?
A: One way is to reference some representational images on how the hands appear in real life while hugging. Additionally, you can draw them with a light touch and go over the lines with darker shading later.