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peterpanshoes_finalThe shoes are officially done, and they went to their new owner the other day. She was pretty excited.

A bit about my process:

I started out with lots of sketching…and watching the movie over and over again. Any project that involves watching movies for research is a good one. Once I felt comfortable drawing all the characters, I moved from paper to the shoes, and penciled in everything. Next came the color. After testing out loads of color combinations, I narrowed it down to what you see here. Then came inking and touch-ups.

Sadly, the markers I used aren’t waterproof. Not a good thing here in Oregon. To seal it all I used Omnigel, which you can get at pretty much any craft store. Hopefully that’ll hold up.

I’ve gotta say, this was one of my favorite projects I’ve done in a while. In fact, I liked it so much that I went and got my own plain shoes to customize for myself.

This is a poster advertising MHCC’s performance of Guys and Dolls. I illustrated it with a pinstripe suit and wingtip shoes, which goes with the time period. Those were the good ol’ days, man.


I had a little time to work on the shoes this week. The toe area is all done, and the heel on one shoe. Now I just have to finish up the sides.


A friend of mine requested a pair of customized shoes. After mulling it over for a couple days (I’ve never worked with ink on canvas before), I got to sketching. She’s a huge Peter Pan + Tiger Lily fan, so I took that theme and ran with it. Here’s a look at my progress so far:

Once I get a little more time on my hands, these’ll be finished and posted for you guys to see.

palette-bagnshoesIf I had to pick one mindless, but seemingly meaningful, thing to do for hours on end, it would be making color palettes. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something satisfying about digging through a jam-packed folder full of pics that were saved for some vitally important reason (that I then promptly forget) and just seeing the colors. It probably has something to do with being a visual thinker, rather than a verbal thinker. At any rate, I have a bunch of these color palettes, and here’s one I made the other day. No idea what it’ll be for, yet.