Drawing fashion shoes, feet, legs and especially high heels, are some of the most difficult parts of a successful fashion illustration. There is one very important concept to consider when drawing high heels.
- Drawing high heels is really a TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE issue.
- From the side view you can see that the sole of the shoe is one PLAIN, and is most often on the plain of the floor.
- At a right angle to that plain a WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION LINE goes up through the center of the heel of the foot and through the Achilles tendon.
- Even if the heel is a wedge that has cut outs, there has to be some mechanism for the weight of the body to distribute through this Weight Line to the floor. A great example is Marc Jacob’s fabulously arty Heelless Pump where all of the body weight had to be moved forward to be entirely on the toes.
- The two diagrams here give you an idea of how this perspective concept works.
- I recommend looking up more background information on TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE if you do not know how it works.
My book DRAWING THE FASHION BODY has a lot more information on drawing shoes, hands, heads and many other body templates.