Comic Talk, Tips and Tricks

Help on drawing feet, please?
Mazoo at 10:18PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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I'm having a lot of troubles drawing feet, from any angle. They way the foot's shaped, the toes, the ankle bones, pretty much everything is kind of going over my head. Does anyone have any general (or even slightly complex) tips on how to draw feet?

I'd also like to know some tips on how the calves look when the foot is extended or pointed. Please?
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PoisonedV at 10:20PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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Yeah, hands and feet are hard.
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Mike_G at 11:04PM, Jan. 13, 2006
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Best advice I've heard is to study anatomy sketches/pictures, then adapt what you see to fit what you're drawing.

There's alot of room to tweek what feels right, and ‘perfect’ is not always best, especially in comics, as it can draw attention away from the charactor themself.

For me, I like to start with the forward edge of the foot/hand, from the base of the palm/heel out to the tip of the front toe/finger, then work my way back into the background. That way, you don't have overlay by accident. Ankle/wrist bones I generally save till I'm sure how the hand/foot is bent and positioned.

thumb through some of the good pages here(Return of the Exile, Y?, Darken, Pinky Ta) see what works for them :>

(edit: holy crude that's alot o' backslashes…hope that helped :))
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Mazoo at 8:44AM, Jan. 14, 2006
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Hey thanks!

I'm actually pretty good with hands, and they don't really give me much of a problem, it's just those darned feet! Thanks for the tips though! :)
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Enef at 8:55AM, Jan. 14, 2006
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Take pictures of your feet from various angles.

That the only advice i can give, thats how i work it.
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Jenshin at 9:04AM, Jan. 14, 2006
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It helps me to think of feet like hands.
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ozoneocean at 10:05AM, Jan. 14, 2006
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It helps me to think of feet like hands.
I didn't know you were a chimp Jenshin! :shock:
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Hawk at 11:33AM, Jan. 14, 2006
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Draw from life!

Look at photos, your feet, and other people's feet and draw them. Practice will grant you the ability to draw feet better when you DON'T have actual feet in front of you to look at.

My teachers tell me to learn real anatomy before I try to bend it and cartoonize. And they're smart teachers.
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SpANG at 12:22PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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The way I see it, feet, like anything else can be drawn by drawing familar objects together. In this case, a ball.

1. Draw a round ball to represent the heel.

2. Draw an oval on its side to represent the “ball of the foot”

3. 5 More little balls to represent the toes.

Note how everything seems to connect. If this is a different angle, like the side, The “heel” and the “ball of the foot” will have some distance beween them. But because it's at this angle, they seem to be touching.

4. Connect using lines to depict the arch and the rest of the foot:

5. Pay close attention to where you put the nail beds of the toes you want them to be on the top, to give it a dimensional look:

The other thing you want to look out for is male vs female anatomy. This is obviously a male foot. A female foot would be narrower at the toes, smaller at the hell (generally speaking).

Hope it helps :wink:

But Hawk, Enef, Mike are right. The best models you can get are real-life models. Get a freind. Look in the mirror. Even google image search the word “foot” . Heck, I'll do it for ya:

.: SpANG! :.
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marine at 12:58PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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I draw feet and hands differently, generally I mitten them up so I can draw them quicker.

Drew up a quick example.
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Aurora Moon at 2:12PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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others already said all the good stuff..

so I'm just gonna give you the pictures I use for refferences at times. :)

that one is for male feet actually.

and here's a female foot..

Actually, both female and male feet are pretty much the same, they just tend to vary in size, that's all.

and if you tihnk the female feet's pictures look way too decorated, sorry about that. it was images I happened to come across on the net and thought looked cool, and saved it to my account.
I'm on hitatus while I redo one of my webcomics. Be sure to check it out when I'n done! :)
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mykill at 2:52PM, Jan. 14, 2006
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The motherload of online artist referance :

The Dover published paperback books by george bridgeman are REALLY good and worth every inexpensive penny.
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Mazoo at 10:51AM, Jan. 15, 2006
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Wow guys, thanks for all the tips! :D

Spang!, your tip really helps a ton! I've improved so much already with that simple trick! And thanks for googling “foot” for me, it would've been so much work otherwise! :P

The references are great, Aurora. :)

Wow, that site is great Mykill! Thanks so much! I'll have to take a look at those books.
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dogtopus at 5:14AM, Jan. 19, 2006
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Dunno if that'll help, but that's more or less how I do it. Also, YOU have feet! If you're confused about 'em, get em out and have a look! Maybe use a mirror, that may help. I also find that feeling the shape of them to work out what goes where can help too.
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