I generally have little artistic talent. I tend to draw the way I tend to dance: mechanically. On the other hand, drawing well takes more than talent; it also requires knowing the mechanics and practicing.
I recently came across a web page that teaches the fundamentals of drawing feet. It is quite fascinating.
The thing is, if you are going to be a good artist, particularly when drawing people, you need to know anatomy. Just ask Leonardo da Vinci. So the web page starts out with some anatomy, and then goes on to tell you little things about the way that real feet look that you might not have even considered.
But if you are trying to draw a realistic foot, these things are critical to know.
For instance, even when drawing a foot from the top, there are hints of the arch that should be included. Here is one of their examples, which also shows what many people do wrong.
People also often don’t realize the way that toes normally sit in their relaxed position. There’s another example that they show.
The thing I like best about the web page is that they know the difference between regularly shod and regularly unshod feet. Obviously, if you are an artist you want to get that right.
It’s the little things that make the difference in a realistic drawing. And it was quite interesting to see that they get it.
Anyways, go take a look at Human Anatomy Fundamentals: How to Draw Feet. I think you’ll enjoy it.