Saturday, December 13, 2008

Ray Charles "Cosmic" custom sneakers

For the Ray Charles custom sneakers the customer just wanted a portrait of the legendary pianist and vocalist. Simple enough, nothing unusual, but how do you flip a usual order into an unusual design for a custom shoe? That is the dilemma for each and every order...
Lately I have been day dreaming a lot, trying to recreate, recycle myself and take my work to a rebirth, as if I just stepped into the game but with the design knowledge I already have. Well, while I was browsing the web for a portrait to use for this shoe, I ran into a painting that hit my eye! I thought it would be cool for a change to have a portrait that was more expressive than realistic or picture like.

On this shoe I chose to use a different approach from every angle, not only the fact that I chose to lay the portrait in a expressive way, but also with the use of my strokes. I made everything in this shoe very fast! Each portrait took about 10 minutes, free handed strokes, in a careless manner but still trying to obtain a precise result, so from the dots, to the piano keys, and not forgetting the facial features all strokes were done real fast!
As for the colors, they are the colors used on the original painting, but I thought it was a sign because for those who know me, or for those who paid attention to the colors of the blog, these two colors are two colors that I love to combine!
Finally for the signature, I looked for the signature from the cover of the biography movie of his life "Ray", and replicated it. As for the last name, I went and "googled" autographed pictures and replicated his handwriting.

So there you have it people, these custom sneakers are pretty simple, but pleasant and easy to look at, while showing respect and appreciation to not only one of the greatest s vocalists/musicians in American history, but a man with admirable drive and incomparable talent. So as usual, I will remind you that possibilities are limitless, difficult takes a day and impossible takes two! lol Get at me for your custom kicks!!!
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University of Iowa Custom sneakers

Well it seems like reping your school with hooded shirts, t-shirts, and hats is played out! The list of university themed custom sneakers is just getting longer. The lucky client for these shoes actually got inspired by the shoes I made for the state rival, once again the Iowa State University custom sneakers. The client thought that if some one can rep ISU with the cyclone custom kicks, why couldn't they?

As far as the design concept, these were a follow up of the Seattle Supersonics custom sneakers, by having the logos on the toe instead of my usual use of the side panels. This will contrast with the rival custom kicks made to rep ISU. On these I used the the faded swoosh, this is something that i was really into this summer. This summer I went back home (Brussels, Belgium) and they faithfully wear the Air max BW and there were a lot of them that had the faded swoosh, that's what inspired me and made me want to use this over the summer. I wanted all three colors to be equally balanced, and I hesitated for a very long time on the color of the logos, white? yellow? hmmmmm well I ended up going with the white for balance and to make the black of the toe even deeper. My followers know how I feel about the use of black and white, and for the new comers, I love using both of those colors, I love the contrast of them combined, the strength, and purity of them, so if you ever get a pair and you allow me to be free on the choice of colors, there will definitely be a strong use of both of these with a color for the focal point, or to make your eye travel around the shoe and away from the main focal point.

Well once more, I know I repeat myself but as I always say, possibilities are endless people!! so do not be scared! Get your own pair of custom sneakers from xclsvworld!!!! I got you!! lol
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