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.
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
One shoe done, one to go
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.
Exciting new drawings are in the works, but for now, there is this little zen doodle. I saw something very similar on Pintrest and decided to give it a go. It’s not entirely perfect but there you have it.
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 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.
A while back, we came back from an evening out to find all the kitties sleeping on our bed
We then let Krypto out of her cage, and she too needed to be in on the action
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!
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.
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.
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?!
Toe Beans. Nuff said.
They are so big! They barely fit on the window ledge.