Thursday, August 25, 2016
I wanted to do a Nightwing shoe around the time I did the Justice League series but knew that kinda wouldn't make sense since he wasn't a member of the league but I got my chance recently when a client requested a pair of Air Jordans themed around the character.
For those who aren't up on comics: Nightwing (real name Dick Grayson) was the original Robin, partner of Batman (3 others have worn the mantle after Grayson: Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and now Bruce Wayne aka Batman's son Damien Wayne). Once Grayson became and adult (and after a brief falling out with Batman), he relocated to Bludhaven (a fictional city outside of Gotham City) and took on the identity of Nightwing as a way to establish his own identity and step out of his mentor's shadow. Although he still teams with Batman on occassion, Nightwing is pretty much a solo act with his own set of adventures (he also once spent time as a member of the Teen Titans).
Anyway, the shoes:
The original base for these was the Jordan 4 Military Blue:
And here is the finished product:
The logo design on the shoes is actually themed more after his design from the animated cartoons (Batman: The Animated Series, The Batman, Young Justice, etc.) as opposed to the comic book style seen on the action figures above.
And there you have it...Nightwing!
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Saturday, July 23, 2016
Recently, I was contacted by Philadelphia based advertising company Hello Tierney to do a collaboration to be featured in time for the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The project consisted of 11 pairs of custom Adidas, all with Philly based themes. Being as though I grew up in Philly and know the city very well, I was extra excited to be a part of this project. If you're interested in landing a pair of these one-of-a-kind, never to be duplicated customs, check out all 11 pairs at the RunDNC Philly site at www.rundncphilly.com. The proceeds will go to Back On My Feet Philadelphia, a great organization whose mission is to help out the homeless in the city. I would like to extend a big thank you to the good folks at Hello Tierney for this great opportunity to be a part of this awesome project for a good cause!
Have a custom project idea for your company or brand? For all inquiries, contact me at email@example.com. Also, check out my Ecentrik Artistry website at www.ecentrikart.net and my personal art website at www.elombowmanart.com.
RunDNC Philly: www.rundncphilly.com
Back On My Feet Philadelphia: www.philadelphia.backonmyfeet.org
Monday, July 18, 2016
Been a while since i've done a blog so I figured now would be a good time to update since I have an awesome recent project to show. Around this time last year, my awesome friend Pearl of Pearl Perri Fashion & Visionary Art commissioned a pair of custom boots from me to wear to an event (check them out here). Well, this year she commissioned another pair. She gave me the color scheme that she wanted, which was a purple/black/hot pink combination and the base to use as a canvas.
The base was a pair of tall white Doc Martens Boots:
And below is the finished product:
I loved working with these...I was excited for the challenge of applying my personal style to such a unique canvas, which is different from the canvas bases that I normally work with. A big thank you again to Pearl Reich of PearlPerri Fashion & Visionary Art for the opportunity. I should also mention that it was Pearl who introduced me to the world of body art! I had always been aware of it and followed it for a brief period but it was Pearl who actually offered me the opportunity to do actual body art last year. So far i'm loving it as it's an additional lane for me to express my creativity. Looking to build up my portfolio in that area so I can share more of my body art work!
Monday, June 27, 2016
Originally I had a different name for these shoes but after I started working on them and made a good amount of progress, I felt like the original name didn't fit with the design. Usually when i'm working I like to listen to music (as most artists do...I think everyone has something they like to listen to or watch while working)....I follow a lot of different music genres...rap, drum & bass, soft rock, electronic, classic 70s just to name a few. On this night I was listening to legendary R&B & Funk band Earth, Wind, and Fire (my mom played a lot of their music when I was growing up so their material was a major part of my childhood). Since I couldn't decide what to call them, I decided out of the blue that i'd name them after whatever song of theirs was on when I finished them. That song happened to be "In The Stone" (which is actually my favorite of theirs aside from "Fantasy").
The shoes feature an abstract pattern with multiple shades of green. I had originally planned to do something closer to a military camouflage style but changed my mind and went abstract with it. The base shoe was a pair of all white Adidas Superstars. Will add these to the website at a later date.
And in case you aren't familiar with the song these were named after:
Friday, June 10, 2016
The latest in the Customs To Canvas series is based on the "Test Anxiety" custom Air Force 1s from 2014 (which are still available to order). As with the rest of the series, the painting was done in acrylics on an 11"x 14" canvas. The painting and shoes will both be on display at the "Subject 13" show at Bee's Art Studio in Bayonne, NJ June 17-19th with the reception on the 17th (https://www.facebook.com/beesartstudio/). The shoes are available to purchase at the website (http://www.ecentrikart.net/product/air-force-1-test-anxiety-custom) and prints of the painting will be available soon.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Another addition to my Customs To Canvas series, which is a series of canvas paintings of past custom sneakers i've done. The latest is an acrylic painting of my "I See Colors" Jordan 11s. The painting was done on an 11"x14" canvas in acrylics. The shoes currently aren't for sale as I made these as part of my personal collection but I am planning to make prints of the painting. The painting itself (along with the shoes) will be on display at an upcoming art show in mid-June.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Around this time last year, I made a pair of shoes for a lady who requested a pair to honor her son who passed away (see them here). Recently, I got a request from the same person to do another tribute, this time for her son's daughter.
This pair was a toddler size pair of Air Jordan 10s (the all black "NYC" version that released earlier this month).
And here are both tribute shoes:
I am honored that I was selected and able to do a fitting tribute. It means a lot to me when the client respects the hard work that goes into creating art for them and I will always appreciate the love.
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