Feet and shoes - technical drawing

technical drawing
  • You must draw feet from en face and profile perspectives.
  • The proportion of the feet and body is different than that of a human. Puppet feet are shorter so their tops do not pull the foot down and towards the back .
  • If you must make long feet or shoes, put some extra weight in the heel.
  • The foot can then hang in a vertical position.
  • For better walking we do not recommend that you separate the foot at the ankle with a joint. That is appropriate only for very special puppets, such as dancers.
  • The bottom part of your legs and feet are made in two parts and their connection is possible in two methods described below.
  • Your puppet will be touching the floor in its heel. That part of feet/shoe must be flat.
  • In order for the puppet to walk, the bottom front of the feet/shoe cannot be flat - they must be curved (on a circle) so that the motion of walking is imitated by the puppet.
  • How to draw feet
  • Go to your profile drawing. Put the point of the compass at the pivotal part of the knees (where you will drill a hole to connect the upper and lower legs).
  • Measure the distance to the bottom of the puppet along the center line. Draw a semicircle only towards the front of the foot.
  • Do not continue the circle along the heel in the back of the foot. The shape of your foot must follow this circle so the puppet can walk properly.
technical drawing
Var 1
  • This method is good for all types of marionettes
  • The bottom part of the foot and feet are glued together from two pieces. The glueing is supported with the addition of a dowel 6 - 8 - 10 mm thick.
  • Grains of wood for shoe/feet must be horizontal.
  • The angle cannot be too thin, or the two parts of the foot will break apart when carved.
  • While drawing the foot use a broken line ------- to show the dowel inside the foot.
  • The hole for the dowel must have its center on the center line of the leg.
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Var 2

technical drawing
  • Strong, unbreakable connection between the leg and foot. Appropriate for intricately carved marionettes or heavier puppets.
  • This variation is also apporpriate for a puppet without a costume or one with thin legs which do not have space for a hole for a dowel.
  • The foot is made from two pieces. One is made round on a lathe or with a chisel adn to the other is drilled a hole of the right size. After carving the shape of the feet and painting, glue the pieces together.
  • Grain of wood part for shoe/feet must be horizontal.
  • While drawing this, make a broken line ------- because the hole is inside the feet.
  • The rounded part of the leg must have its center on the center line of leg.
  • The hole MUST be on the vertical central line of the leg.
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