How to Draw High Heels on a Person

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How to Draw High Heels on a Person
High heels affect the posture of the person wearing them. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you're into fashion and enjoy designing clothes, you might want to add high heels to a model you are drawing. It will give your picture a new dimension, and can help you develop your fashion ideas. The main difficulty in tackling this task is correctly aligning the posture of the person you are drawing to accommodate the heels. But it's not as hard as it sounds --- and you won't need to change your style to do it.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Fashion magazines

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  1. 1

    Flick through the fashion magazines and look at pictures of people wearing heels. Compare their posture and leg and foot positioning with those of people who are wearing flat shoes. Remember to note the angle of the foot, the tilt of the hip and the curvature of the spine.

  2. 2

    Draw guidelines for the person and her high heels before adding details to the drawing. First, draw a circle for the head and a large oval for the torso. As you saw in the fashion magazine, draw the curve of the spine to show the difference in posture created by high heels. Draw two lines for the legs --- one straight and one at a slight angle.

  3. 3

    Draw lines representing the feet, angling the feet down at an angle appropriate to the shoe you'll be drawing.

  4. 4

    Position the arms on your figure. Place the arm on the same side as the straight leg on the person's hip. Then draw a straight line indicating the other arm dangling at the character's side.

  5. 5

    When you fill in the details for the person's clothing, body shape, facial features and hairstyle, make sure the style matches the type of heel you'll be drawing. For example, an office worker will dress in smart business wear, while a bride will have more formal attire. Make sure you match the clothing to the shoe.

  6. 6

    Sketch the high heels. First draw one circle at the heel of the foot, and another at the front. Then join these two circles together using an elongated oval. Based on this outline, you'll be able to draw the style of heel you want.

  7. 7

    Add the shoe's heel by drawing a point or a thin rectangular block protruding from the heel of the foot of the person wearing the high heels. To make it more realistic by making it three-dimensional, use shading on the side farthest from the light source in your drawing.

  8. 8

    Emphasise the lower calf muscles in the drawing, showing the pressure that the heel exerts on them. To achieve this, add two or three extra lines tracing the shape of the lower leg and then smudge them together using your index finger.

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