The foot is the part of the body that allows us to stand, walk, and run. Since the foot is so important to our daily life and even to our survival, it comes as no surprise that this humble part of our anatomy has long played a major role in human culture.
For example, many cultures have norms as to when the feet should be covered or uncovered. Throughout Asia, it is generally considered rude to wear shoes in a home or other private buildings. In America, Europe, and elsewhere, people go to great lengths to cover their feet with elaborate shoes, even if those shoes are uncomfortable.
A "foot" is still a common measurement, especially in the United States. The "foot" has been used since antiquity; its exact length has varied, but it has been generally considered about the length of the physical foot. In this way, distance could be measured by walking with one foot placed directly in front of the other.
Many colloquial phrases include the word "foot." To "put your foot in your mouth" means to say something you did not mean, and has been used since 1942. "Put your best foot forward" was first used in 1849, and William Shakespeare had used a similar phrase in 1596. The term "footloose," meaning "free," was first recorded in the 1690s.
Of course, feet also feature in art when people are the subject. Do your drawing skills need a pedicure? Learn to draw realistic feet using this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial.
To draw your feet, you will need only a pencil, a sheet of paper, and a good eraser. In each step, you will see an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each step are highlighted in blue, while previously drawn lines fade to black. In some steps, you will erase lines. When finished, you may color your drawing using crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints.
Now, give your drawings a leg to stand on with the help of this simple drawing guide.
1. Begin by drawing a set of parallel lines, vertical and slightly curved. One line should be longer than the other. This will form the ankle and lower leg attached to one of the feet.
2. Draw a second set of curved, vertical, parallel lines, forming a mirror image of the first.
3. Draw a circle connecting each set of parallel lines. This will outline the ankle and aid in drawing the rest of the foot.
4. Extend two curved lines from the circle, outlining the top and bottom of the foot. Note how the bottom line includes a sharp bend, indicating the heel of the foot.
5. Draw a set of curved lines extending from the second circle, forming a mirror image. This outlines the top and bottom of the second foot.
6. Enclose each foot using a curved line.
7. Define the shape of the legs and ankles, allowing the curved lines to cross into the circles. Then, add the detail of toes to the tip of the foot. For each toe, draw a curved, "U" shaped line, allowing the lines to connect and overlap.
8. Erase the guide lines from the legs, ankles, and toes. You now have a clean outline of the feet.
9. Add detail to your feet. For each ankle, draw a set of short, curved lines to define the ankle bone. Enclose a rounded rectangular shape at the tip of each toe to indicate the toe nails.
10. Color your feet - maybe even add a little nail polish!
Have you ever wanted to be able to draw a beautiful rose? This easy step-by-step drawing tutorial outlines the steps necessary to draw a cartoon style rose, complete with leaflets.
This project has a lot of details, but you can complete it easily by carefully following the instructions below.
In each step, previously drawn lines are black and the new lines added to the sketch are blue in color.
You won't need any special tools to complete this sketch. Follow this simple guide using any type of paper, as well as a pencil, pen, marker, or other writing tool. If you'd like, you can color your finished product.
Would you like to draw a beautiful flower? Doing so is simple with this drawing tutorial. By following the step-by-step instructions in this drawing guide, you will soon be able to sketch your own rose, complete with leaves and a stem.
You will not need any special tools to create this drawing, only paper and a writing implement - a pencil, a pen, or a marker.
Sketch lightly at first, as you will be erasing some of your lines as you go along.
There are many details in this drawing, but the illustrations below show you each step. In each image, the blue line is a new addition to the drawing.
"The eyes are the window to the soul." So states an antiquated maxim. To scientists, however, the eyes are very interesting. For example, researchers are currently developing technology that could use patterns in the iris of the eye to identify people, much as the fingerprint is used currently. Movies and television have long depicted such technology, but it may soon become a reality. In fact, some airports are already testing this 'eye ID' technology.
To artists, the eyes hold another interest. The eyes are surrounded by many, many small muscles, and the movement of these muscles is an indicator of emotion on the human face. Our eyes, for instance, can show whether we are happy, sad, angry, frightened, excited, or bored.
The eyes, then, are an important means of expressing these emotions in the visual arts, yet many artists find the eyes to be one of the more difficult portions of the human face to capture accurately. What is more, it is almost paradoxical that the eyes are one member largely responsible for our ability to draw the eyes of another.
Almost every drawing or painting of humans or animals includes eyes, whether open or closed. As such, many styles have developed. The simplest eyes involve nothing more than a solidly shaded dot. Other simple eyes consists of a circle with a shaded dot inside it. The Japanese manga and anime art styles often lend straight lines and squared corners to the shape of the eye.
Would you like to draw a pair of eyes? Perhaps you are working on a portrait of a friend or family member. Now, the complicated task of drawing realistic human eyes is easy with the help of this simple, step-by-step drawing guide.
All you will need is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an eraser. You may also want to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, or paints to shade your finished drawing. Notice that each step of this drawing guide includes an illustration as well as explanatory text. New lines added in each picture are highlighted in blue.