// Muddy Colors
I simplified this dialog to the drawings. This started off as a rant against the HUGE problem with every one of my anatomy students these days, the problem with drawing feet.
Somewhere out there is some misinformation, or alternative truths that seem to be popular to the newbie art student, but need to go missing forever please. I have created some pages of useful information that need to be put out there into the system. But first, let's start off with some wonderful drawings from the Russian Academy. Who can resist the amazing studies from that school. So much character, so much charm.
Anyway, my diagrams are nothing in comparison to these beautiful drawings. But diagrams are not meant to be beautiful drawings. They are meant to help you learn and clarity is important. So I do apologize if the drawings are not totally clear. And if they are not, please help me by mentioning that in the comments.
These are more excerpts from my soon to be figure drawing book, but since that is taking as long as it is to complete I am putting these notes out there now. I also realize I have a lot of them so I am only going to post so many. If there is something that feels like it is lacking, the book will have taken care of that.
Here is what I am seeing quite a bit of lately, both the drawings and the bone structure. I have no idea where this is coming from, but the land of drunk socks and bigfoot must be steered clear of during your training. Go back to it if you must stylize your feet, but, these are not good quality representations of real feet.
A descent starting point for the foot is the door wedge. It helps check the perspective of the leg and assures that the feet are grounded to whatever surface they might be attached to. This wedge is the ideal shape for the 3 points of the foot, ankles, toes, and heel.
The foot is a shock absorber for the body, it makes sense that the ankles, and the leg are positioned over the arch of the foot to take that impact, from walking to running and jumping. Thank the feet for that arch, that we need to put the leg over and not behind.
Here are the simple door wedges converted to planar structures to help design in the change of surface from one bone set to the next, over muscles and the orientation of the toes and their segments.
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