In this drawing tutorial, we’ll take a look at drawing feet. It wouldn’t make sense to just draw the feet alone, so we’ll add an ankle and part of the lower leg as well. Feet, like hands, can drive some people crazy. This may be because feet are a unique shape that is purely organic. It’s a bit easier to draw objects that are generally more geometric in shape.
Another reason people struggle with drawing feet is that the perceived shapes change based on the angle of the viewer. This means that it is difficult to generate a formula that can be applied to drawing feet in every situation. Like drawing most anything else, success comes from close observation and execution of what is viewed. Here’s how to draw feet…
Step 1 – Draw a Block for the First Foot
Even though the foot is clearly an organic shape, we’ll make things easier on ourselves by simplifying the organic form into a series of geometric forms. We’ll start by drawing a block for the first foot. This should not be a completely rectangular block. It is actually closer to a wedge shape.
Step 2 – Continue Drawing Geometric Shapes
We’ll continue drawing geometric shapes to build up the overall form of the feet. The second foot is protruding forward toward the viewer. This means we will not see the side of the foot, so a wedge shape is not visible.
Step 3 – Draw Lines for the Ankles and the Legs
Next we’ll draw a few lines to indicate the back of the ankle and the edges of the legs. The lines drawn for the legs should obviously taper as they get closer to the the ankles.
Step 4 – Draw Lines for the Toes
Now that we have the basic structure of the feet, ankles, and legs, we can add lines for the toes. These lines will bend and curve slightly depending on the angle of the foot.
Step 5 – Finish the Drawing With Heavy Lines
Now that the structure of the feet and legs have been defined, we can become more deliberate with the contours. Go over all of your lines with a darker medium like ink or soft graphite.
In the process, vary the line quality to make the form of the feet more convincing. Details such as the toe nails and wrinkles can be added here as well. Add a bit of shadow underneath the feet with some hatching. Erase any stray lines that are left and then your drawing is complete.