The foot is the part of the body that allows us to stand, walk, and run. Since the foot is so important to our daily life and even to our survival, it comes as no surprise that this humble part of our anatomy has long played a major role in human culture.
For example, many cultures have norms as to when the feet should be covered or uncovered. Throughout Asia, it is generally considered rude to wear shoes in a home or other private buildings. In America, Europe, and elsewhere, people go to great lengths to cover their feet with elaborate shoes, even if those shoes are uncomfortable.
A “foot” is still a common measurement, especially in the United States. The “foot” has been used since antiquity; its exact length has varied, but it has been generally considered about the length of the physical foot. In this way, distance could be measured by walking with one foot placed directly in front of the other.
Many colloquial phrases include the word “foot.” To “put your foot in your mouth” means to say something you did not mean, and has been used since 1942. “Put your best foot forward” was first used in 1849, and William Shakespeare had used a similar phrase in 1596. The term “footloose,” meaning “free,” was first recorded in the 1690s.
Of course, feet also feature in art when people are the subject. Do your drawing skills need a pedicure? Learn to draw realistic feet using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
To draw your feet, you will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, you will see an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each step are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black. In some steps, you will erase lines. When finished, you may color your drawing using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
Now, give your drawings a leg to stand on with the help of this simple drawing guide.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Feet
1. Begin by drawing a set of parallel lines, vertical and slightly curved. One line should be longer than the other. This will form the ankle and lower leg attached to one of the feet.
2. Draw a second set of curved, vertical, parallel lines, forming a mirror image of the first.
3. Draw a circle connecting each set of parallel lines. This will outline the ankle and aid in drawing the rest of the foot.
4. Extend two curved lines from the circle, outlining the top and bottom of the foot. Note how the bottom line includes a sharp bend, indicating the heel of the foot.
5. Draw a set of curved lines extending from the second circle, forming a mirror image. This outlines the top and bottom of the second foot.
6. Enclose each foot using a curved line.
7. Define the shape of the legs and ankles, allowing the curved lines to cross into the circles. Then, add the detail of toes to the tip of the foot. For each toe, draw a curved, “U” shaped line, allowing the lines to connect and overlap.
8. Erase the guide lines from the legs, ankles, and toes. You now have a clean outline of the feet.
9. Add detail to your feet. For each ankle, draw a set of short, curved lines to define the ankle bone. Enclose a rounded rectangular shape at the tip of each toe to indicate the toe nails.
10. Color your feet – maybe even add a little nail polish!
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