It’s no secret that I am a feet-hater. Unlike many other artists who choose not to confront hands and cleverly attempt to hide them, I actually love drawing hands. I had really taken to Cam de Leon’s style of bony, almost alienesque looking hands when I was a teenager, and I spent a lot of time as a teen trying to draw hands looking similar. In doing such I actually managed to train myself to not be terrified of hands I guess! There’s something really delicate and nice about hands, and because of that I like to draw them and usually make them pretty detailed.
On the other hand (ha), feet are a totally different story. I’m just… Not good with feet. It’s not that I haven’t drawn them, as I totally have, it’s just that if I can avoid them, I will do it. Feet are pretty gross to me in real life. I hate seeing people’s feet or looking at them. Not really sure why, it’s just… No thank you. Put your sandals away and put on some sneakers, will you? No one wants to see that.
Anyway, what’s the best way to get over something and get better at it is, of course, to face your fears. I did that years ago when I was severely allergic to drawing backgrounds (hey, what artist doesn’t start out by having everyone floating in space?) and now backgrounds I’m usually super looking forward to making. All the little details! Nothing like a bit of atmosphere, right? So I had this idea and I decided I’d at least try it before going “agh! Fuck feet!” and never drawing feet again.
I took a bunch of reference photos of posing dolls, myself, and other people and started in on it. It took a lot of time for me to get the angles right and work at the anatomy some, but I thought I did an OK job of making it convincing.
I liked this idea of these dirty and scraped up feet walking towards the brightened horizon, like the character had been walking for a long time, carrying this (literal) heavy, cumbersome weight. Like the journey would be much easier if this heavy, beat up metal sword could be discarded, but for some reason the character needs to cling to it… And in some ways it is also propping him up.