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Are your drawings suffering from missing hand&foot syndrome?

Don't let feet weird you out!


Yes, they are definitely challenging, and have a special kind of weirdness to them. But without 'em your drawings literally don't have a leg to stand on.

The strength of your drawing depends on being grounded well and solidly. Otherwise your figures will just float in the ethers of your page, without being related to a ground plane.


In this week's video I'll demonstrate how to better organize your drawing process, so you'll end up with feet that look well constructed instead of like poor copies of deflated socks:

  1. Gesture ; establishes placement, direction and length.

  2. Shape ; gets you clear on the anatomical segments you are dealing with.

  3. Simple forms; pops your flat shapes into 3D volumes via plane changes and wrapping lines

  4. Contour; clarifies your contours by being clear about form overlaps and apexes

  5. Shadows and midtones; shadow patterns with clear, easy to discern edges help build volume. Midtones help us understand form transitions.

Have fun watching and sharing and let me know what other videos you'd like to see.