Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Dinos 2: Dino Boogaloo

Made for a fan of the first Dino shoes. For this pair, I pushed the bright colors and cartoony feel a little more, trying to get even closer to that childhood educational placemat feel I also played with bringing the T-Rex's body across the right shoe so as to make the design feel unified across two shoes.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Contest winnings!

After my Flying Death Unicorns won the Paint or Thread Custom Contest, I picked out my 12 free shoelaces and free t-shirt from Fully Laced as my prize. They recently arrived. Everything looks awesome. All of my shoes are getting gutted and re-laced with crazy awesome colors. I wore my "My Kicks Break Necks Shirt" today and got tons of comments on it, even leading to me giving out a few business cards for ArtKicks. Thanks to both sites.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Cthulhu is a demon created by H.P. Lovecraft--possibly his most famous creation. The descriptions of Cthulhu in Lovecraft are vague, but the currently-accepted depiction of Cthulhu is a tentacled face atop a humanoid body and dragon-like wings protruding from the back. Cthulhu's wrath on humanity is described as too horrible to fathom. My own interpretation of its wrath is shown on the left shoe. While I really do enjoy drawing dolphins, it is nice to break out the red fine point marker and draw some blood spatters.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oceans and Dolphins

Every image on this pair is something I have never drawn before. As it turns out though, I really enjoy drawing both coral reefs and dolphins. The water reflections on the right shoe is one of the most labor intensive images I have ever rendered, but several hours spent covering both shoe and myself in blue worked out pretty well. If these shoes had been a bigger size, I wouldn't have even attempted it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Beatles

Made for my very own father, an avid Beatles fan and supporter of ArtKicks. Many of the images on this pair come from the 1968 animated Yellow Submarine film. It was his idea to have the submarine stretch across both shoes. Utilizing both shoes as a single canvas is something I have not done up until now, but I'm glad I started because it opens up a great deal of possibilities for horizontal design in an otherwise vertical medium.

When viewed from the right side, the classic Beatles logotype and Apple Records logo juxtapose to give the feel of an old Beatles LP.