Drawing High Heels


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.

PERSPECTIVE

  1. Drawing high heels is really a TWO POINT PERSPECTIVE issue. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The two diagrams here give you an idea of how this perspective concept works. 
  6. 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.

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About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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7 Responses to Drawing High Heels

  1. You have certainly captured a foot in heels. I found the above illustrative tutorial most helpful.
    Cheers Sandra

  2. Hello, Justine! I really love your first drawing in this post, will you let me use it for my website (its a shoes site 🙂 )?

    Mihaela

  3. Reblogged this on keep me sane and commented:
    Hihi this is keeping my dream alive! 🙂 Soon sketches :>

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