How to Draw Ballet Shoes

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Ballet, or danse d'cole is a type of theatrical dance. Ballet was developed as entertainment for the royal courts of Italy during the Italian Renaissance, during the 1500s. France soon became the center of this artistic movement.

Ballerinas or ballet dancers practice for years in order to master this art. In fact, most professional dancers begin training when they are 6 to 8 years old.

Along with the tutu, ballet shoes are part of the traditional ballet costume. A ballerina begins with soft, flat shoes made of leather or satin. Later, they graduate to pointe shoes, as pictured in this drawing guide. These shoes have a hard toe, called the toe box, that allows the dancer to dance en pointe, or on the tips of the toes. Pointe work was first developed in 1795.

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Would you like to draw a pair of ballet slippers? This easy, step-by-step cartoon drawing tutorial is here to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, marker, or crayon and a sheet of paper.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Ballerina, Feet, and Shoe.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Ballet Shoes

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 1

1. Begin by outlining the first leg and foot. Use two long curved lines. Notice how the lines generally curve in the same direction. Connect them at the top with a curved line and at the bottom with a straight line.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 2

2. Outline the remaining foot and lower leg. Use a long curved line, doubled back upon itself, to outline the top and bottom of the foot. Extend a curved line upward to form the back of the lower leg, and connect it to the first leg with a curved line.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 3

3. Draw a curved line across the first foot, outline the opening of the ballet shoe.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 4

4. Draw a curved line across the length of the second foot, again outlining the top of the slipper.

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How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 5

5. Draw another curved line down the length of the second shoe, not connecting it at the top. This outlines the bottom or sole of the shoe.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 6

6. Draw a pair of parallel curved lines across the first leg. Then, parallel lines above and below these, as if they are passing behind it. This indicates the ribbons used to lace up the shoes.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 7

7. Draw two sets of parallel curved lines across the second leg, indicating the ribbons.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 8

8. Draw a curved line above the ribbons on the first leg. This outlines yet another ribbon.

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How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 9

9. Draw a curved line above the ribbons on the second leg.

How to Draw Ballet Shoes: Step 10

Color your cartoon ballet slippers. Classically, ballet shoes are a soft pink or rose color. They may be any color to match the ballet outfit.

Who will dance in these ballet shoes? Learn to draw your own cartoon character.

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