How to Draw Feet

Feet are also somewhat tricky to draw but less difficult than hands since there are fewer potential poses. The foot has 3 parts: the heel, the metatarsal and the toes. Although the foot is covered in tendons, muscles and joints, they are not visible to the same extent as the hands. The easiest way to draw a foot geometrically is to draw three cones that are cropped at the point. (essentially this shape is the cross between a cylinder and a cone because it does not have the point that a cone would have but it is wider at one end than the other, similar to a cone's shape.) The toes are essentially cylinders or you can start with cubes and then proceed to round the edges after you have blocked in the approximate proportions. The heel is basically a semi-oval shape.

Geometric Model – Profile


Geometric model – Front View

Front View

Additional Practice with Lay Figures

In the previous lessons, the viewpoints were kept fairly basic (frontal, profile). This was intentional so that you could focus initially on the general shapes of body parts in the most common poses. However, it is important that you gradually become comfortable drawing body parts from many different angles and an excellent way to practice this skill is to buy a Lay Figure, found in most art supply stores. Lay Figures are jointed wooden models that can be placed in a great number of positions, making it helpful for developing your abilities to draw well-proportioned geometric shapes from a variety of perspectives. Lay Hands can also be purchased.

Other pages of interest

How to draw feet
Drawing the pelvis, buttocks and arms
How to draw hands
How to draw legs
how to draw: Shoulders and torso