Feet kick your a*se when you stop really Looking at them

Drawing hands and feet are often a challenge for even the most committed artists and even I sometimes forget to really LOOK at them during practice. What does a foot even look like? To be sure, well, before you can draw it, YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO LOOK AT IT.

Still confused about what you’re doing here? Read this…

youR TuRn to DraW!

  • Study anatomy books and/or models and try to see (or feel) the parts in your own feet and hands.
  • Use the anatomy models for reference, then draw your own fleshy paddles.
  • Although I’m not 100% convinced that it’s a good idea for long-term use, sometimes looking at a simplified model of a foot (or a hand) can be helpful as a starting point to learning to see the hands and feet not as complex arrangements of bones, tendons, and skin; it might be easier to think in terms of adjoined cylinder, sphere, and cube shapes. If you’re still struggling, maybe try something simpler for a little while?

Maybe this Ransom Note gives you a different idea? Let me know!

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OtheR artists wHo don’t leT feeT kiCk their ar*e

  • Indian artist Swapna Augustine  refuses to let being born without arms be an impediment to making a living with her art. You can discover more artists like her on the International Mouth and Foot Painters Association website.

    Swapna Augustine. Image: lifedeathprizes.com
  • Nisha is a professional mehndi artist in London, UK who paints impossibly intricate designs ON hands (and feet) for weddings or other special occasions
    Image: nishamehndi.co.uk
  • Juan Bosco is an American painter/illustrator who paints a wide variety of subjects: sea scapes, city views, people, and animals, including a whole series dedicated to this Blue Footed Booby:

    Juan Bosco, “Blue Footed Booby”, 2013, watercolour. Image: fineartamerica.com

What other artists or techniques can you think of? Let me know!

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