How to sketch and draw feet Having trouble perfecting your extremeties? Follow art tutor Jake Spicer’s five step guide to drawing feet 1 Top plane
The inside plane of the foot is approximately triangular, running from the ankle to the big toe and heel. Use a rounded shape to establish the positions of the heel and ankle; the relationship between them is important for the stability of the figure.
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The calf muscles taper to the Achilles tendon, and that in turn creates a hard edge on the back of the foot as it connects to the heel. You can see the ankle protruding out to each side and the foot sticking out in front.
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What you’ll need: Your feet A mirror Your preferred drawing medium A sketchbook Method:
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You’ll rarely see any single plane exclusively. Use the idea of the planes of the foot to break a complex shape down into simple elements before developing the drawing to more closely reflect what you see.
When viewed from above the plane of the top of the foot slopes away from the ankle down to the toes. Draw the overall shape that the toes will fit in first, and then divide that space up with lines between the toes.
4 Repeat these studies as often as you can to improve your observational skills and develop a personal approach that suits your way of working.
2 Make five-minute studies of your feet in your sketchbook using the structures suggested above as a guide.
3 Try a top plane, inside plane and angled views of the foot. You’ll need somebody else to pose to get a good view of the underside or back of the heel.
1 Lean a mirror against a wall at floor height and sit, shoes and socks off, so that you can see your feet in the mirror.
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The underside of the foot is the kind of shape you see imprinted on the sand on beaches, the curves of this plane are more pronounced although it will still fit within a broad triangle.