Shoes so Shoey They Shoe

Several days ago I posted some pictures of some white, canvas shoes I customized with black sharpie. I’m still in the process of completing an additional pair, but I have also completely finished a third set.

These shoes I used the rubbing alcohol bleed method first to add some funky color, then drew a doodle over them. I can’t really take the credit for coming up with any of these ideas, but I do take the credit for actually going out and doing it. These were the shoes that fit the best when I purchased them and I wanted to make them extra special. I’ve been having a love affair with orange in the recent months, so of course I used all fiery colors for the sharpie bleed.

I completed the right shoes first, and learned some stuff about what does and does not look good. As a result, I like the left shoe way more. Oh well.

Many people have shown interest in this kind of work, and I’m trying to figure out a way to sell them. The problem is the actual shoes. All the shoes I’ve worked on have been cheap, grocery superstore purchases which means they aren’t particularly comfortable. If I were to make these for people to purchase, I would need more reliably comfortable shoes and a way to accurately size people before they ordered. Perhaps I shall investigate similar Etsy products to see what they do.

Shoe Progression

Sorry for the red blurry thing. I took this image with my iPad. The coloring bit was pretty fun, but next time I would certainly use an eye dropper instead of a drippy paper towel to apply the rubbing alcohol.

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Original white on the right, Orange Tie Die on Left

Pre-doodle stage

Pre-doodle stage

One shoe done, one to go

One shoe done, one to go

Final Results

Unlike the other shoes, which were mirror images (or at least, as symmetrical as I could make them without spending a million years doing pre-drawings), these shoes have completely different patterns.

 

Sides 2

Sides 2

Tongues w/out laces

Tongues w/out laces

Sides 1

Sides 1

Fancy lacing

Fancy lacing

Heels

Heels

 

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Kitten Tangle

Sorry for the delay in new posts. I’ve been having a mixture of being swamped with work and laziness, which never goes well together.

I’ve been working on this doodle for two weeks, and it’s not so much that it has been hard to draw, but I’m trying something new and figuring out how to do it.

This mixture of Zen Tnagle and doodling was completed with two different sizes of teeny tiny pens. The kittens were sketched from a photo I took of them all snuggling.

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

A tangled web of kittens and patterns

Snuggle pile

Snuggle pile

As you can see, I used both pages of the Moleskine, but my photo of the doodle is even worse than usual. I’ll figure it out eventually.

Cats

On another note, we gave away two of the kitten to their forever homes, and kept one for ourselves. More photos of Streaky the Supercat are forthcoming, but for now, check this out:

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

Nothing better than a cat on a window sill, except for three cats on a window sill!

This would be awesome if the kitten in the middle were streaky, but its not. That ginger cat has entirely too much tail.

Taking My Time on the Indiana State Flower

The last state MrE lived in and I have not doodle the flower of is Indiana, and so I’ve drawn this doodle dedicated to the Peony. Some people may be unaware that Americans pronounce this particular flower differently depending on where they live. For the most part, I pronounce it PEE-uh-nee, but many southerns pronounce it pee-OH-nee. As for which one is the correct way, the answer is: yes!

I drew the outline of this doodle directly after I drew the Georgia Cherokee Rose drawing, but finished several others before coming back to this one. I didn’t quite have the colors I wanted for the flower itself, but I think the outcome looks tolerable.

Pinks and peach reign supreme in Indiana aapparently

Pinks and peach reign supreme in Indiana apparently

As of yet, I still have never done a proper zen doodle, but I did fill in the swirls with some common zen doodley type designs. They certainly do their best to compete with the very pink peony.

I think the next state flowers I’ll tackle are states where I have visited and spent the night. This is mainly western states, but with a few here and there tossed in for good measure. I guess that means I should do the national flowers of Italy and France too.

Critter Time

A while back, we came back from an evening out to find all the kitties sleeping on our bed

Caught ya!

Caught ya!

We then let Krypto out of her cage, and she too needed to be in on the action

Goofy doggie

Goofy doggie. Messy bed.

Majestic Feet

I think that the Muslim and Hindu tradition of abstract patterns is what is driving the current tend in Zen Doodle. If you ever want to get some great ideas, search for henna designs. Henna has been made even more popular recently I think because westerners love the idea of temporary decorations. I confess, I would love to have some henna done professionally sometime in the future.

The contours of the henna design are not quite accurate to the shape of a real leg, but whatever. I will blame that on not doing any figure drawing whatsoever in more than six years, and also because it’s hard.

I think I need to do henna sometime. Its great!

I think I need to do henna sometime. Its great!

Feet are awesome, by the way, especially my feet, but unfortunately, these are not my feet. Although not even I would create a Facebook group dedicated to taking secret pictures of women’s feet (which I encountered on my search for cool henna designs). Creepy.

The Simplicity of Black and White

Working with colors is something that I have historically been hesitant to do because black and white is so much easier. Its been really great to work on my own understanding of color choice and balancing hues for an overall compositional effect. One of my biggest problems in art school was using too many colors that did not share a unifying theme between them. It is almost impossible to get black and white wrong (not that I haven’t done that too). So, just to see how far I’ve progressed since I started doing this doodle project, I decided to make a traditional-style zen-ish doodle.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Tried out some new patterns and of course, added paisley.

Also, Kittens

Maybe one of these days I’ll take some inspiration from one of the adorable pets in my life. It has sure been fun having the kittens with us so we could marvel at their cuteness!

She's just so adorable. Why can't we keep all the kittens ever?!

She’s just so adorable. Why can’t we keep all the kittens ever?!

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

Toe Beans. Nuff said.

They are getting so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.

They are so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.