How to Draw Ballet Shoes

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Ballet began in Italy in the 15th century. Some believe that the movements of the early dance were based on the movements of fencing, the popular sport of the day. In 17th-century France, ballet became the art form that we know today. The costumes changed, and specialized shoes began to appear. The most recognized element of ballet, pointe shoes, started to appear in the 19th century. The shoes enable dancers to dance on their toes and make the wearer appear weightless and elegant. In a few steps, you can quickly draw the graceful pointe shoes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Eraser
  • Pen
  • Colored Pencils (optional)
Draw Ballet Shoes
Draw Ballet Shoes

Step 1

Draw the basic outlines of the legs and feet. Don't worry if they do not look like normal legs. They will be refined in the next few steps.

Step 2

Sketch the basic outline of the shoes, slightly overlapping the outline of the feet.

Step 3

Erase the inner lines, and draw the seams of the shoes.

Step 4

Create an "X" shape on the front shoe to indicate the ribbon ties. Draw the ribbons on the back shoe.

Step 5

Draw the rest of the ribbon, adding a knot at the top of the front shoe.

Step 6

Trace the pencil drawing with a pen. Erase the pencil when the ink is dry.

Step 7

Add color to the picture if desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Use your eraser.
  • The shoes can be easily customized in terms of color, etc., to reflect for the favorite dancer in your life.

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