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How to Draw Shoes

Drawing shoes is where the rubber meets the road in the art world. Step into this drawing experience to master the basic techniques of sketching footwear.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Draw simple shape Draw a rectangle, narrowing one end to establish the side view of a basic shoe, noting that most types of shoes fit into this boxy shape.
  • Step 2: Refine the outline Refine the outline of your shoe, making sure to clearly reflect the curve where the shoe surrounds the ankle.
  • TIP: Add character to your drawing by capturing subtle signs of wear.
  • Step 3: Add heel and outsole Draw a short rectangle for the heel, positioning it below the left edge of your original rectangle. Add a thin rectangle from the toe to the heel, connecting them.
  • Step 4: Add details Add details, including stitching, laces, lace eyes, and decorations such as buckles, straps, and fabric design.
  • TIP: Shoes are typically sewn together at the toe joint and the heel-ankle joint.
  • Step 5: Erase guidelines and shade Erase unwanted guidelines and shade shadowed areas of the shoe. Now, to make sure your drawing is more than a footnote, frame it!
  • FACT: Scientific evidence shows humans wore shoes 40,000 years ago during the Middle Paleolithic period.

You Will Need

  • A graphite pencil
  • Paper
  • A simple low-heeled shoe
  • An eraser

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