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How to draw wedges

Drawing shoes that go well with your design is essential for every successful fashion sketch. In this step-by-step tutorial you will learn how to draw wedges. Combined with the knowledge you have from the other  How to Draw Shoes Tutorials you will be able to choose the best type of shoes to compliment your design idea. Unleash your creativity and have fun!

Step 1: Go up

When drawing wedges start by lifting the ground up to an imaginary line (marked in red). What does this line mean? The wedges front part is frequently turned up slightly – this makes the shoes look better. Also this red line marks how turned up the front part of the platform will be and also from now on it be considered the ground level – where the toes are stepping.
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Step 2: Foot guidelines

As you know from the “How to draw front view shoes” tutorial the foot is about the same size as your model’s head counting from the ground up. Draw a tilted ellipse which should be as long as the face of your model. The angle of inclination shows how tall the wedges’ heel is. The more vertical the ellipse– the higher the heel is.

Add a circle to mark the heel to the left of the leg Centerline. Add a horizontal ellipse to mark the toes right on the new ground level. Notice the Center points of the two shapes.
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Step 3: Draw the foot

Time to add some curves and give the foot a finished look. Connect the guideline shapes and pay special attention to the arch between the heel and the toes.

Tip: The arch is not following the same curve as the top part of the foot (the bridge).

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Step 4: Clean up

Erase the unnecessary lines and refine the foot outlines. Add details such as the toes and the ankle. The placement of the ankle is close to the leg Centerline and slightly to the back.

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Step 5: Draw the platform

To draw the platform of the wedges pull a straight vertical line from the heel back most point. The line should reach the real ground level.

Now it’s time for the sole. Start from the vertical line you just made and draw a horizontal line until you reach the leg Centerline. Then start curving the line up until you reach the fake ground level you’ve set in Step 1.
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Step 6: Draw your shoe design

This is where you can get creative and work on your design. If you are drawing straps make sure they are not perfectly straight but wrapping around the foot in a realistic way.

Notice how the heel vertical line is gently curving inwards.
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Step 7: Final touches

Clean up your sketch and make any tiny adjustments it may need. If you need help drawing the closing element check the “How to draw a belt” tutorial.
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Hopefully this tutorial have helped you gain a better understanding of how to draw wedges and have inspired you to create new clothes and shoe designs as part of your portfolio.

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About Teya Bozhilova

Teya is the owner and creator of She works as a freelance fashion illustrator for established and start up fashion labels. Always and forever excited to bring creative ideas to life with her colorful fashion sketches and a touch of glamour. If you are looking to hire a fashion illustrator and create something beautiful together don't hesitate to get in touch!


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  2. This makes fashion illustration easy to learn and seem doable for me. Thank you!

  3. I’m only ten and I want to be a fashion designer and this is going great

  4. Girl, I just love your tutorials. Although I been an artist and illustrator for decades, I always find something refreshing on your website to add to my skill set. I wish you all the best in 2016. Cheers.

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