Learn how to draw elf shoes like these and you will be guaranteed a drawing that fills the paper. It’s also good symmetrical drawing practice.
Elf Shoes Drawing
When I first tried this draw elf shoes project in a classroom, some students (even 4th and 5th grade) would get stuck in drawing the second symmetrical shoe. I believe it’s because of all the curves, which are in general hard shapes for kids to draw, let alone trying to match a flipped version.
My tutorial takes aim to address that issue by having students break those funky shoes into smaller, symmetrical steps. Instead of drawing one whole shoe and then trying to match all of it, I suggest that they draw matching tops, then matching heels, then matching toes. It’s much easier to get your head around the shapes that way.
If younger students want to try this (say grade 2 and below) my solution is to include a shoe template (page 2 of the download) so teachers can turn this into a tracing and flipping project. It still illustrates the idea of symmetry and lets
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Materials for Elf Shoes Drawing
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- Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
- Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
Step by Step Directions
Time needed: 1 hour.
How to Draw Elf Shoes in 9 easy steps
- Start the shoes with two large V shapes.
- Draw the symmetrical heels.
- Add the matching shoe tops and bottoms.
- Finish with a ball or bell shape.
- Draw the bottom of the elf shirt.
- Add two legs to connect the two shapes.
- Add leg stripes and a snow line in the background.
- Trace the drawing with a marker and color it in.
- Add extra marker color to the sides to make shadows.