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How to draw front view shoes


Accessories, especially shoes, play a crucial role in successful fashion sketches. In this comprehensive tutorial, you will learn how to draw various types of shoes from the front view, which is highly favored in fashion illustrations. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create beautiful footwear for your models and enhance your fashion design skills.

Time, Tools, and Difficulty

  • Time to complete the tutorial: Approximately 7 minutes
  • Tools you’ll need: Drawing paper, a pencil, an eraser, markers or color pens, a white gel pen
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (6.5/10)

Step-by-Step Guide: Drawing Shoes from the Front View

Step 1: Accurate Measurements

Before starting to draw the shoes, ensure that they are the correct size for your fashion figure. As demonstrated in the “Drawing Front View Pose” tutorial, the feet of the model should be proportionate to the size of their head. Measure the head of your model and maintain the same distance from the ankles to the ground. Begin drawing the shoes from the middle of the legs, extending downwards.

Step 2: Establishing Base Shapes

Divide the centerline into three equal parts. In the first two sections, draw slanted lines starting from the ankles. In the lowest section, sketch a slightly wider horizontal ellipse. Pay attention to the proportions of these base shapes, ensuring that the feet are only slightly wider than the ankles.

Step 2 - Base shapes

Step 3: Adding Toe Details

Refine the line for the toes. Draw a curved line that fits within the ellipse, tapering it slightly towards the center. It is important to make this pointed arch slightly wider than the rest of the foot, just as the ellipse was.

Note: If you are drawing open-toe shoes, the big toe should occupy most of the inner half of the toe arch. In this case, make the inner half more oval and less pointed.

Step 3 - Toe details

Step 4: Drawing the Shoe

Pay attention to the curvature of the shoe. Avoid making it too deep or too flat by using the lower dividing line from Step 2 as a guideline. The shoe curve should be slightly higher than the dividing line at the ends and dip in towards the centerline. Remember to add thin curves around the foot to depict the shoe’s volume and a smaller flipped curve to represent the toes’ delicate bump.

Step 4 - Drawing the shoe

Step 5: Adding Soles

Just like side view shoes, the front view shoes require well-designed heels and soles. Different shoe designs may have varying styles of soles, but they all follow a similar pattern. The soles should appear longer in the center and shorter towards the ends, with a small part parallel to the ground in the middle.

Step 5 - Soles

Step 6: Including Shoe Straps

Certain shoe designs, such as roman sandals or ballerina shoes, feature straps that wrap around the foot and leg. When drawing these straps, remember to depict them slightly curved to reflect the volume underneath. This adds depth and realism to your fashion illustration.

Step 6 - Shoe straps

Step 7: Coloring

Color the shoes and create a highlight on the bump of the toes. The highlight should be a few shades lighter than the base color. To add a shiny effect to the sole, leave some white lines here and there.

Step 7 - Coloring

Step 8: Adding Shadows

Drawing shadows enhances the overall design of the footwear. Use a darker shade of the base color and blend it from the outer parts towards the center, ensuring to include the straps.

Step 8 - Shadows


I hope this comprehensive tutorial has provided you with a clear understanding of how to effortlessly draw front view shoes. Armed with these new skills, you can now confidently sketch various shoe variations and expand your fashion design repertoire. What will you sketch next?

Variations of front view shoes

  • Pointed Shoes: Extend the pointed curve slightly downwards, positioning the shoe tip in the center and towards the big toe. These models often feature delicate soles.
  • Sandals: Draw the big toe and the remaining toes, ensuring that the big toe occupies most of the space towards the centerline.
  • Open Toe Shoes: Include a curved line at the bottom to expose the entire big toe and a small portion of the second toe.
  • Boots: Create a gap between the leg and the boot to depict thickness. You can exaggerate the bump of the toes for boots and sneakers.

Common Errors to Avoid

  • Mistake 1: Placing the toes’ bump too low. Ensure it is slightly lower than the shoe curve.
  • Mistake 2: Drawing the shoe curve either too deep or too high. Refer to the guidelines from Step 2 for accurate placement.
  • Mistake 3: The sole of the shoe not being centered and shorter at the ends. Additionally, make the outer lines slightly slanted towards the center for a balanced appearance.

Common errors

Remember to practice these techniques regularly and experiment with different shoe designs. With determination and creativity, you’ll be able to master the art of drawing front view shoes.

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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