How to Draw Hanging Ballet Shoes

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How to Draw Hanging Ballet Shoes
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There's something about ballet shoes that every little girl loves. Even non-ballerinas find something endearing about these pink toe shoes.

Renowned French artist Edgar Degas is known for his paintings that depict the world of ballet dancers. However, you don't have to be a world-famous artist to draw ballet slippers. It's not as difficult as you think, and it can be done in just a few steps, using a picture of or an actual pair of ballet shoes for guidance.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Sketch pad
  • Drawing pencils
  • Ballet shoes (or a picture of them)

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    How to Draw Hanging Ballet Shoes

  1. 1

    Start by drawing two shapes resembling a loaf of Italian bread (but not as long; remember, you're drawing shoes). Make one shape pointing toward the left, while the other should point slightly toward the right.

  2. 2

    Now begin to shape the first shoe by squaring off the tip. Add some detailing by drawing lines toward the top of the shoe. This shading will create the look of wrinkles or folds found on actual ballet shoes.

  3. 3

    Draw the beginning of the ribbon that is attached to the shoe. Don't concern yourself with drawing over any other lines. You can draw the ribbon directly over the edge of the shoe. Be sure to draw the rim that lies on the top of the foot, and then draw the heel, ribbon, and elastic parts of the shoe.

  4. 4

    If you want the ballet slippers to appear as though they're hanging, draw the ribbon coming from the sides of the skippers and shooting straight up. At the top, draw a bow to make it appear as though the shoes are hanging by the ribbons.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a very light pencil to draw the initial shape of the shoe. This allows for any shading to cover up all the edges, and it gives the drawing a much cleaner look when it's done.

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