Hi, I’m Jay French from jayfrenchstudios.com
and I’m going to show you how to draw feet. Feet are very complicated because they’re
a very odd combination of shapes. We’re going to do an angled look where we’re looking slightly
from above and with the foot at a three quarter angle, where you have the leg come down in
to the ankle. Imagine a tapering cylinder. For the ball of the foot, and this is a common
mistake, is to remember that the heel comes out, protrudes towards the back of the foot.
It is not straight down. You could sort of imagine a sort of a soft rounded Hershey’s
Kiss sort of shape for the heel. And it gives you a good solid feel for the shape of the
heel of a foot. Your arch will come off of there. Think of it as just a slide. The ball
of the foot is sort of, sort of a donut with no hole. And that gives you a basic shape.
And of course we’re doing a right foot here so we have a sharper in curve between the
heel and the ball of the foot, erase some of this extra stuff so you can see what’s
going on. Toes can be thought of as stair steps. This is our right foot so with the
big tow up front, we want the knuckle and then the rest of the toe to look like a series
of stair steps. Get the right toenail in there. From there, you just have several more stair
steps making the rest of your toes. This is where you can actually show the difference
between a feminine foot and a masculine foot by getting less of that stair step. Make this
look more subtle on a female. These are also lines that you’ll want less prominent, that
I’m about to do, on a female figure. But you’ll still want them somewhat there for realism
and that is the tendons that we’ll show. And the fact that you’re doing an older person
or a very athletic person, you’ll want more defined veins. Get your heel, which can be
thought of as something as a cut off cone, smaller on the outside and bigger on the inside.
Get the shading on the instep, shading of the heel and there you have the basic lesson
in how to draw feet.