Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Customer Spotlight: "Gucci"














The Jordan 3s are my all time favorite Jordan model (followed by the 5s and 4s), which is probably evidenced from my last few customs seen here, most of which used the 3s as a base.  This particular one here was another Jordan 3 custom, this one an idea from a client.

The client sent me a pair of his Jordan flip 3s for customization.  The idea was to have the shoe done with a Gucci theme but still kept fairly simple.  Here's the original base shoe:















And here is the finished product:












































What I did was white out all of the areas of the shoe where the elephant print are but kept the print visible.  Add the dark green and varsity red and you have the Gucci colorway!  This was a 1-of-1 design (meaning this shoe will not be duplicated) but am willing to do a variation of the theme on a different shoe.

Have an idea of your own?  Contact me at my email address: info@ecentrikart.net.  Or contact me through the contact section of my website: www.ecentrikart.net.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ecentrik Artistry @ Conception New York City (9/19)

















After being a part of three wonderful Conception Arts Show events (see a few pics from the first one here and a video from the most recent one here), I will be a part of a Conception Emerging Artists Show once again!  Friday, September 19th at the Cutting Room in New York City is the date for the next Conception Emerging Artists show.  A great line up of artistic talent is being put together for the event which will include yours truly exhibiting some new custom works for the show (which will be available to purchase).  If you're in the New York/New Jersey areas (or any nearby area), come out and meet myself and all the other artists and enjoy a night of great art, great music, and a great atmosphere.  Thanks again to the founders & my friends Mike Wolf, Rachel Wilkins, & Jennifer Blum for the opportunity to be a part of this event (hey, it's my 4th time so it's obviously awesome!).  If you would like to purchase tickets for this event, click the link below (link for tickets is under my bio):

http://www.conceptionevents.com/artist/Bv1NOJqiRH

Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Easter Egg"

















Been on a roll with Jordan 3 based customs lately so here's another for the Jordan 3 column (another one coming after this as well).  Now I know Easter's a long way off but I figured i'd dub these as "Easter Egg" because of the color combo.

Like the sneakers in my last two posts, the base shoe was once again, the Jordan 3 Fire Reds:
















And here's the finished product:




















The pair in this picture were done for a client based in Germany (yes I do ship international for those unaware).  I just think the colors remind me of an Easter theme and/or colorful Easter eggs, so I gave them the "Easter Egg" name.  The shoe features a smooth transition of purples and blues which were done by hand (I don't use an airbrush..I actually don't even own one).  If you have a custom idea of your own you want to see fulfilled, contact me through the contact section of my website, www.ecentrikart.net (all inquiries go directly to my email) or directly at the email address, info@ecentrikart.net

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

"Lemon Lime"

Here's the 3rd green-themed shoe i've done within the past year.  Last month I brought you the "Emerald Green" Jordan 5s (which are still available in the online store), and last year, I did a custom shoe called "Emerald" Jordan 3 (which is still available here).  Well recently, the idea came to revisit that custom style and color theme, but this time with a bit of a twist......of lime.

















The "Lemon Lime" customs are done with the same process as the Emerald 3s...all the way down to the original base shoe, which was the Fire Red 3s:
















However, the one difference from the Emerald 3s is that this shoe has lighter shades of green than the Emeralds.  Below is a comparison between the two.  First is the Emerald 3s:

















And here are the Lemon Limes:

















As you can see, both have the green fade on the sides (done with no airbrush) and the same color blocking style, but with different shades of green.  The greens on the Lemon Limes are a lot lighter and I also used different laces for the finishing touch.  More pics of the Lemon Limes are below:




















The "Lemon Lime" Jordan 3s are available at this link: http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-jordan-3-lemon-lime-custom

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

"Code Blue"

















Just a little something I whipped up recently.  These are the Jordan 3 "Code Blue" customs.  This was pretty much a design that I came up with on the fly a few nights ago.  Did these with a pair of deadstock Fire Red Jordan 3s I had sitting around in my bedroom:
















And here's the finished product:






















These are currently up in the online store at this link:
 http://www.ecentrik.bigcartel.com/product/air-jordan-3-code-blue-custom

This custom can also be done in other colorways if desired.  Email at info@ecentrikart.net for info.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Customer Spotlight: "Viva L'Algerie"












There's a sneaker/clothing store in the Chelsea section of New York where I would frequently buy sneakers.  The owner of the store remembered me not only from all the times i've shopped there, but for the different customs that I would wear all those times.  One day he asked me about my shoes and I gave him a business card after telling him what it is I do (along with showing him some pics of my work).  Eventually one day he asked me about possibly getting a pair done for himself and said I would love to, just let me know what theme or colorway you're interested in.  So after a few days he let me know what he wanted to have done and on what shoe he wanted to go with.

The theme he chose was based around the Algeria soccer team.  He wanted something with the flag colors as well as colors similar to the team jersey:






















And the shoe he chose was the Nike Air Max 90:
















And here's the finished product:






















The custom design was meant to be kept fairly simple and focus more on the actual color combo.  The shoe features a nice shade of red along with a bright emerald green.  The back panels feature a darker green that's closer to the flag colors with the crescent and star placed with a soccer ball.  The crescent and star are also on the swooshes and on the tongues as a full flag design.  If you notice on both shoes (one in red print, the other in green print), it says "1,2,3, Viva L'Algerie" which is a cheer for the team and after doing some research, I found that it's also a song:



So another fun project is complete!  Would have loved to have done something like these during the World Cup....could have put together some really cool themes.  Have a custom idea of your own or want to inquire about having a custom done?  Contact me at my email: info@ecentrikart.net (serious inquiries only).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"Gamma Bomb"

The Incredible Hulk is my favorite super hero of all time and crazy enough, the reason I became an artist.  It all started for me when I first saw episodes of the old Bill Bixby & Lou Ferrigno Incredible Hulk tv series from the 70s-80s.  That introduced me to comics as a kid which in turn, inspired me to want to be an artist.  There was something about the larger than life characters and the in-your-face style panels and action shots of the characters that made me want to pick up a pencil and paper and start drawing (well, it started with me tracing comic pics and grew from there).  Long before I knew who Picasso, Van Gogh, Warhol, or Basquiat were, I knew about comic art legends like Jack Kirby, John Byrne, Sal Buscema, etc.  Anyway that's another story for another time.

Of all the years that I had been customizing sneakers/footwear, I never really did a true comic book themed shoe and people I know who knew about me being a comic geek would ask me why I had never done one.  My guess is that I wasn't really inspired to do so until now.  So I figured if i'm gonna start, why not do my favorite character as my first?

















I decided to name it "Gamma Bomb" in reference to the first issue of the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby Incredible Hulk #1, in which Dr. Robert Bruce Banner gets caught in a gamma ray explosion trying to save a young Rick Jones who stumbled onto a gamma bomb test site.





















I wanted to do sort of a reenactment of this scene on one of the shoes, so on the outer left shoe I depicted Banner being caught in the gamma explosion:


















And as we all know, that explosion would later have drastic effects on Bruce Banner.  When angered and put under extreme stress and trauma, Banner would morph into a big, green beast with limitless strengh known as The Incredible Hulk!


















On the right shoe, we have the Hulk in all his glory in full rage mode!

Throughout the rest of the shoe, I wanted to feature the classic ripped purple pants that has become a staple of the character.  In certain sections, I tried to mix in some normal flesh tone with the green to kind of depict Banner in mid-transformation.  Probably should have used more flesh tone to make it a little stronger since the green is so dominant but it still works.  And on the back heels I did the Jumpman logos to resemble the Hulk with the green skin and purple pants:













































Oh, and this was the original base shoe before customization: The "Joker" Jordan 3s:















Even the big guy himself endorses these:



















Haven't decided if i'm gonna do any orders for these or just keep them as a 1-of-1 (originally made these to wear to the New York Comic Con but unfortunately couldn't get tickets for the event).  But for custom sneaker inquiries (serious inquiries only), contact me through my website, www.ecentrikart.net (go to the "contact" section).