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I'm creating a graphic with a hand holding a phone, but I don't want to show any hand of race(black/white). I've seen once google use a a non-realistic hand and gray-scaling a hand looks even more awkward. Suggestions?

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This question reminded me a little of this other one: How would you represent “religion” in an icon, neutrally? –  Yisela May 7 at 20:42
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you want to show a hand, but not a realistic hand? If so, then that's your answer. Draw a hand without any particular color that would fall into the normal spectrum of skin colors. –  DA01 May 7 at 21:05
    
@Yisela thanks for the article, that was interesting –  Jonathan Todd May 8 at 7:28
    
So is it a photo-realistic hand you want? If so, put the hand in shadow with the light source behind it, and it could be any race. –  user568458 May 8 at 11:11

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While DA01's answer makes it's point that there are a thousand-and-one ways to do this, I'd like to suggest a specific style that exhibits simplicity and professionalism without sacrificing anatomic accuracy.

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You can access the source of these icons here. On the site, you'll see that there are versions holding and interacting with a phone in various ways; You will be able to use them either directly, or as a basis for your design.

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Have the hand wear a glove. The first example that comes to mind is a white mime's glove, but there should be other possible colours and designs.

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How could I show hands that are race neutral?

By not using literal hand imagery. Any actual photo of a hand will inherently have a particular skin tone.

As such, turn to illustration:

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