4.3 Feet – Exercise 1

  • Draw your feet beginning with the negative spaces between them and between the toes
  • Work out from that

To begin with I did the same sort of sketches of my feet as I had done of my hands. I did concentrate on the negative spaces as the exercise states, but worked quite freely otherwise. This was about getting to know my feet, find their shapes and lines. I found this more difficult than the hands. One reason for that is that I don’t think I ever studied feet before. But they are also different from the hands in that they have less separate and small shapes to build them up, less definite features to guide me. There are the toes at one end, but then there is the whole of the foot as one block, so to speak. It is difficult to find this shape.

It was also less easy to find interesting positions and still be able to see them when I had my sketchbook on my knees. Seeing the underside to draw needs a mirror.

All drawings on A3 cartridge paper:

I then asked myself how I could portray feet in the “act” of being feet – something like the tools for the hands. It must be their relationship to the ground. Here is one idea, digging my toes into the soil:

striking root
Conté, oil pastels and watercolour splashes

I am not very happy with any of these. It shows that I am less comfortable drawing feet than hands. This needs more work.

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