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This is part of my Newborn picture. I'm not yet very good at feet, so I need help fast. Light is above slightly left. Can anyone help me get them looking less like stuffed sausages?
Feet are triangles on top. gonna try to do a quickie to explain better.
Ok, this is real fast and messy - but you see the triangular shape that goes from the top to the toes?
I think the reason they look like 'stuffed sausages' is that the shapes are flat. In order to portray form, you need to study feet anatomy AND use light to give shape.
Thanks MiniGoth, that does actually help.
Luume, I will later, but I've got 3 days to finish this if that.
Since you're crunched for time, I suggest finding a family member with suitable feet, and taking a photo using lighting conditions that match the piece. Use this as a reference. Otherwise, do some quick studies of how Loomis handles women's feet.
I have a family of guys and mine aren't so pretty. It was just that I couldn't see what to do as I was too close to it and MiniGoth pointed out the obvious, which is exactly what I needed.
Go google feet and you'll find lots of referance. Dont worry about how perfect or pretty they look, and don't forget to think about the joints in the toes.
I do have refs, but it was the wedge shape thingy I was missing in my head. I was sort of panicking, but I've taken a day and half off to nail the whole thing.
Do you remember Start-Rite shoes? Remember how wide they were across the base of the toes? Remember the shape they were? (Curved at the front)
Think of the shape of those shoes when you draw feet. Feet tend to be widest at the base of the toes, and the toes themselves curve down from the biggest toe to the smallest.
Hope this helps... you know you can do it.
Yeah, I've just been having a brain fart about it. I'll tackle it tomorrow and post the results.
Yaaay! Glad I could help
You need a lot more shadows for anyhting to pop out, it looks reall flat right now. Also, the foot under it seems to be floating. Add some depth/shadows in the fabric(?) as well?
I think some darker color would really improve them and make them look not so flat. the feet actually have a lot of curves to them. high arches would help your drawing. remember that not all the toes are even, when lined up together they tend to make a v shape, the toe next to the big toe often being longer and then getting shorter from there the toes next to the big toe also bend more. your feet look a little long to me and you are also forgetting to add the ankle.
my sketchbook gigiddy http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=162261
I did darken them, but it's now too late as I've submitted. Thanks for all the help and I'll bear it mind next time.
Would be interesting to see how it turned out