A Handy Guide

August 17th, 2017 | Posted in General

These are some style guides for generic hands for an animated project I am working on right now. They are just a bunch of general hand gestures that the CGI artists will use for their basic constructs, male and female versions. The difference between the two, beside the obvious longer fingernails for the female hands, is mainly in the size and “meaty-ness” of the palm and fingers. In general females have smaller and more slender hands, where males are thicker and meatier. Interesting enough when I researched it, women and men have different sized fingers. Females tend to have longer thumbs and index fingers, but shorter ring and pinky fingers. The ring finger is especially different, with men very often having longer ones and in some cases the ring finger is longer than the index finger. With women the ring finger is almost always shorter than the index finger (general rule of thumb…uh… is that the index and ring fingers are same length). This is attributed to abundant males hormones in the growth stages of life, apparently. Anyway that’s too much detail for the purpose of this project, so I simply slimmed up the female hand and added the long fingernails.


  1. Jack Myhervold says:

    Looking at a Mort Drucker interview again the other day and he comments on how you simply have to put in extra work on the things you find to be difficult, like hands, folds in clothing, feet etc., so this guide is very useful and should be in everyone’s files.


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