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Drawing the Human Figure: The Feet

Updated on January 6, 2015

Drawing the Feet

Drawing the feet are not as challenging as drawing the hands however, it is recommended that you study them as much as the hands. Below are sketches of the feet at different angles:

Now we will draw a few step-by-step drawings of the feet:

Front View of the Foot

A. Start with drawing a slanted trapezoid shape and an oblong shape at the bottom. Make sure you use a ruler to make sure the bottom is straight and flat.

B. Draw two vertical lines extending from each side of the trapezoid. These lines indicate the ankle and leg.

C. Add four lines inside the oblong shape. If starting from the left the spaces should get larger. If starting from the right the spaces should get smaller. It’s your choice.

D. Begin rounding off the foot by connecting the ankles to the foot and drawing in the toes. Notice the leg is slightly curved and not parallel.

E. Erase the guidelines.

F. Draw in the cartilage and toenails. At this angle, the toenails are quarter moon-shaped.

*The next two steps are optional*

G. Begin shading in lights and darks as shown above.

H. Continue by blending and building tones. Use your kneaded eraser to add highlights.

Outer Side View of Foot

A. Start with drawing a circle. Draw an isosceles triangle about a third of the way inside the circle extending outward. It should resemble a birds head and beak.

B. Next, connect two vertical lines above the circle & triangle as shown in the example. These lines indicate the ankle and leg.

C. Add four angled lines at the front of the triangle. These lines indicate the toes.

D. Begin rounding out the foot connecting the ankles to the foot and drawing in the toes.

E. Erase the guidelines.

F. Draw in the details (i.e., ankle bone, cartilage, and toenails).

*The next two steps are optional*

G. Begin shading in lights and darks as shown above.

H. Continue by blending and building tones. Use your kneaded eraser to add highlights.

Inner Side View of Foot

A. Draw a circle & an isosceles triangle about a third of the way inside the circle extending outward as instructed in the previous lesson.

B. Next, connect two vertical lines above the circle & triangle as shown in the example.

C. Divide the foot into 3 parts (part 1: the toe; part 2: the arch; part 3: the heel).

D. Begin outlining the foot & the ankle.

E. Erase the guidelines.
F. Draw in the details (i.e., ankle bone & toenail).

*The next two steps are optional*

G. Begin shading in lights and darks as shown above.
H. Continue by blending and building tones. Use your kneaded eraser to add highlights.


Key Points to Remember

  • As in the previous lesson about the hands, men’s feet are larger; women’s feet are smaller, and babies’ feet are smallest & pudgy.
  • Consider the many different elements of the feet before drawing them: heels, ankles, length of toes, nails, etc.
  • The feet should be studied in order to draw them well.
  • Have patience
  • Don’t be hard on yourself & have fun!!
  • Keep practicing!

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