Blue boots

Boots and shoes are so hard to draw, but on these rainy, snowless Montreal days, they make for a good drawing challenge when I can’t get outside. When I’m done sketching footwear, I often realize that there’s always one that looks bigger than the other, or sometimes both look like they might be owned by someone with two left feet. But I love drawing them. They have personality, complexity and texture. I sketched these in my Hahnemuhle 100% cotton sketchbook, which continues to meet all my sketching needs: great with watercolour, beautiful with pencil, and perfect for ballpoint pens (in this case both the one that ran out of ink as well as the one that blobbed).

27 Comments on “Blue boots”

  1. Mary says:

    Love seeing these ink sketches. They are so wonderfully textured & boots are a great subject!


  2. I haven’t drawn shoes in a long time, but last time I did I was so aware of the person whose shoes they were. It’s like an indirect form of portraiture — or indirect self-portraiture when they are your own shoes. These blue pen drawn shoes turned out wonderfully.


  3. Lori Zajic says:

    Great boots Shari! Still think you should do a class on sketching! You’re so good at it👍


  4. Connie Renaud says:

    I love your 🥾 !


  5. lois says:

    I like these boots, but I especially like the laces on right-foot boot–on the left side of the page.


  6. Donna Skelcy says:

    I like the way the lines go in different directions based on what the represent. ( I. E. The top of the boot versus the top inside back of the boot.


  7. That’s very interesting th


  8. Ralph Bailey architect says:

    Love your drawing of boots in blue. What was the blue pen or blue biro- Ralph


    • Hi Ralph, The boot on the left was done with a blue biro Frixion Clicker 07 pen. And then the ink ran out so I switch to one of those three-colour promotional pens. I don’t know the brand. It has my name printed on it so it must have come as part of a fundraising effort of some sort. Thanks for having a look at the boots!


  9. Where do you buy your Hahnemuhle 100% cotton sketchbook? I live on the South Shore of Montreal and I am looking into 100% cotton sketchbooks to bring on my vacations in San Miguel de Allende. Hope to hear from you soon !


  10. Hubert says:

    Heel mooi, prachtig gedaan


  11. Judy Sopher says:

    The more I looked at these boots, the more intriguing they became. Love to see more sketches like this. Lori’s suggestion of a class on sketching is a good idea.


  12. Luba Kolomycky says:

    It’s all in the big toes detail. Love the pair☺️


  13. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    Happy boots! They speak movement and life and history. Even the blue cannot take away from that. You’ve bounced back!


  14. TonyU says:

    So beautifully observed and drawn Shari … and so many strokes and so much patience to build up the texture. Love the laces and the reflections in the floor tiles too.


  15. What is it about shoes?
    I always love drawings/paintings of shoes.


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