This is my 4th pair. I made this for my friend Alex, in August 2009. I just decided to put a random smattering of characters and things that I knew he would like on there. As a result, they’re not very cohesive… but that’s no biggie. I made these in the same way as all the others.
The main characters are a Mutant Ninja Turtle, Garfield, and...some red dude named... Ba Boom or something along those lines.
Some Pokemon here, more Garfield, one of Alex's characters...
I think this is mostly a bunch of Pokemon. Oh, and turtles.
These are the first shoes I made for a masculine-identifying individual, and it was a bit of a challenge to make these shoes suitable. I needed a judge who firmly upheld notions of a gender binary to evaluate the shoes before they were presented to the recipient. Thankfully my father was always nearby to tell me that they looked too “girly” (THANKS DAD, SHEESH). Then I decided I didn’t care. The end!
…That’s not the end. I like these, but they’re not my favorites. I wanted them to be busy, but I couldn’t think of ways to fill space, so I ended up putting in a bunch of colored dots. It looks okay, but I wish I hadn’t resorted to that. Also, some of the artwork is not very precise, and some of the painting is shoddier than I’d like. This is one of those times when I wished I had taken more time to perfect things. But they were pretty fun to make, and I like the big turtle. I think these took about 15 hours.
I made these shoes in July 2009, for my friend Krista’s birthday. Earlier in the summer we had spent an embarrassing amount of time watching Pokemon movies together (remember the part where Pikachu cries because Ash is turned to stone? A truly devastating moment, that was), so I decided to paint a crapton of Pokemon onto shoes.
AND THE PROCESS WAS EXACTLY THE SAME AS BEFORE (this is not yelling, this is simply enthusiasm). Simple pimple. So, watch as I violate many copyrights:
Ninetales is her favorite. Obviously Mew also deserves to be there because he is so down-to-earth and mild-mannered...or something.
Some Bulbasaur, some Psyduck... Mudkip (of course)...
Some other guys...
I like the backs of these. It worked out well.
This is one of my favorite pairs, although I think it’s less fun drawing characters that other people have made. I don’t remember if I learned any major shoe-related lessons from this pair. I think it was mostly smooth sailing. They did take quite a bit of time though, probably about 15 hours, since they are slightly more detailed than the previous ones.