Learning how to draw boots might be very useful for designing your winter collections and developing some great-looking fashion sketches. Follow this step by step tutorial and find out an easy way to give your models warm and beautiful footwear for the season.
Time, Tools and Difficulty:
How to draw boots in 9 steps:
Step 1: Setting the guidelines
Before drawing the shoes you should leave enough space to draw the foot correctly. From the floor up, pull about one head height line, that (if continued) would serve as a Centerline of the leg. Mark the middle point of this segment.
Step 2: Shoes in profile and front view
If you see the shoes from the front: just surround the Centerline with an ellipse.
If you see the shoes from the side: draw a tilted line with the same length, that crosses the leg Centerline in the middle. The closer to Vertical you draw it, the higher the heel of the boots will be. Surround the line with an ellipse.
Step 3: Profile
If you see the boot from the front: Draw a horizontal ellipse at the bottom of the first one. It should be slightly wider than it and inclined as shown in the illustration. This ellipse marks the toes.
When drawing feet and shoes always make sure you give a slight tilt of the toes from the little toe towards the largest toe, which is the thumb.
If you draw the boots in profile draw a circle in the upper side for the heel and an ellipse in the bottom for the toes. Connect those with an “S” curved line.
Step 4: The ankles
If you see the shoes from the front side: draw two little circles that will hint the ankles and connect them with the toes. Notice how the inner side of the instep is more convex than the outer one.
The ankles should not be drawn at the same level. An important detail for successful fashion illustration is to draw the inner ankle higher than the outer.
To draw the profile boot: Mark the ankle close to the Centerline of the leg and connect the calf with the foot. The most bulged part of the instep is the one that is at the same level ad the heel. See the How to draw high heels tutorial for more details on how to do this correctly.
Step 5: Boot’s outlines
Mark where the boots begin. Drawing this line goes outside the leg’s borders. This is absolutely necessary if the model of the boots is without zipper or laces, to be able to be put on. Note that the boot seen from the side has this line inclined from the back towards the front side.
Connect the uppermost part of the boots with the ankles and draw the high heel in the profile view.
Step 6: Add realism and volume
Crinkle the boundaries of the boots making the wrinkles bigger at the higher and smaller at the lower end. Make sure they are of various sizes and fullness, so the illustration looks natural.
Curve the line of the upper end and make it wrap around the leg the same way as was shown in the How to draw a bracelet tutorial.
Step 7: Render it!
Lay down a flat layer of the color that you think suits well to the rest of the outfit.
Step 8: Add some shadows
Paint the shadows. Put some underneath every wrinkle, but remember to vary in density. You want the shadows to give you depth, not to make the drawing boring by stuffing with many shadows that are exactly the same. Make darker the inner lining of the boots too.
Step 9: Highlights
Finally, add the light using color pencils. Mix a tone that is few shades lighter than your base color and white pencil for best results. Try to place the light at the segments that look the closest to the viewer and add more in the middle of every wrinkle, than in the side ends.
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