From the big toe to the Achilles tendon.
Of the 206 bones in the human body, 52 are in the feet. The bones form the foundation of each foot, which is fleshed out by more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments that help the foot move, change, and shift. Feet aren’t simple, nor is drawing them. With that many variables, approaching this vexing element of human anatomy drawing can be daunting, but study and practice can help.
Repetition and drawing the human foot.
“Drawing feet is notoriously difficult,” artist Mark Crilley says. “The foot curves in a lot of directions.”
With a subject that varies so much from the ankle bone to the ball of the foot and continues to differ from model to model, there’s no way around it: Drawing feet well takes practice.
“Set yourself a numerical goal. Say, ‘I'm going to do 100 drawings of feet,’” Crilley says. “Draw five per day until you reach that number. You’ll learn a lot.”
Draw a foot from different angles, focusing on the top of the foot in some sketches and the heel of the foot in others. Then continue your figure drawing with side views of the foot. Take a life-drawing course and immerse yourself in research and references to help you better understand the structure and movement of feet. “Flip through anatomy drawing books or seek out how other artists have illustrated hands or feet,” artist Ben House suggests.
Even if you struggle, stick with it. Feet are something that can give seasoned professionals a hard time too. “The way feet turn drives me crazy to this day,” House says. “Sometimes I spend an hour drawing a foot, but each time I do it, I learn something.”