How to

Drawing feet can be quite challenging. The human foot is made up of various elements, including a padded bony heel, a set of arched metatarsals, and flexible toes. Putting all these different parts together may seem daunting at first. However, like any other subject, the foot can be broken down into simpler forms before adding the details. In this article, we will explore a five-step guide on how to draw feet.

Step 1: Top Plane

When viewed from above, the top of the foot slopes away from the ankle down to the toes. Start by drawing the overall shape where the toes will fit, and then divide that space by adding lines between the toes.

Figure drawing feet

Step 2: Inside Plane

The inside plane of the foot resembles a triangular shape, running from the ankle to the big toe and heel. Use a rounded shape to establish the positions of the heel and ankle, as their relationship is crucial for the stability of the figure.

Figure drawing feet

Step 3: Underside

The underside of the foot has curves that are more pronounced, similar to the imprints left on sandy beaches. However, these curves still fit within a broad triangle.

Figure drawing feet

Step 4: Angled View

In reality, you rarely see solely one plane when looking at the foot. The idea is to break down the complex shape into simpler elements, using the concept of planes, before progressing to a more accurate representation of what you observe.

Figure drawing feet

Step 5: Back of the Foot

The calf muscles gradually taper towards the Achilles tendon, creating a noticeable edge on the back of the foot where it connects to the heel. You can also observe the ankle protruding to the sides, with the foot extending forward.

Figure drawing feet

Give it a Try!

Follow the steps below to practice drawing feet. This exercise should only take around 20 minutes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Your feet
  • A mirror
  • Your preferred drawing medium
  • A sketchbook


  1. Lean a mirror against a wall at floor height and sit down with your shoes and socks off, ensuring you can see your feet in the mirror.
  2. Make five-minute studies of your feet in your sketchbook, using the suggested structures mentioned above as a guide.
  3. Try drawing the top plane, inside plane, and angled views of the foot. To capture the underside or back of the heel, you may need someone else to pose for you.
  4. Repeat these studies as often as possible to enhance your observational skills and develop a personal drawing style that suits you.

For more art-related tips and techniques, check out our articles on sketching the head and shoulders, drawing hands, and gaining confidence in drawing figures.

This article was originally featured in Artists & Illustrators magazine. To receive a monthly copy delivered to your door or a digital edition, subscribe here.

Alexia Young

Hello and welcome to the world of Alexia. I am a passionate and dedicated artist who loves to create beautiful, mesmerizing art for everyone's walls. I believe in the importance of encouraging people to express their creativity and be happy.

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