Sunday, February 7, 2016
This custom project was pretty fun to work on....a lot of creativity was given to me by the client (although the basic concept was his) and it involved a large amount of creativity. The client, who has a military background, wanted a red urban camouflage pattern done on a pair of 2012 Jordan 4s he sent me. Camo patterns are always fun to do and this was the first time I had done one in this particular colorway.
Here's the original base shoe:
And here is the finished product:
The client gave the idea for the pineapple grenade on the side of the shoes and I pitched the idea for the dog tags as I thought they'd be a nice touch to the theme. The speckle theme was kept on the tabs of the shoes (had to repaint the tabs and midsoles then speckle them again). This is a 1 of 1 shoe but if you have a custom idea of your own, contact me at email@example.com. Also, check out what's available at the website, www.ecentrikart.net. More pics below:
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
I'm personally not a winter weather person (more of a spring and summer guy) but with this particular theme, the winter weather was the perfect compliment and made for a great backdrop. I got the idea for these as winter storm Jonas landed on the east coast this past weekend. I also wanted to get these pics in before the snow melts (scheduled to start warming up over the next few days). These aren't for sale but I can duplicate this design theme, colors and all, on a different shoe by request. For all custom inquiries, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See more pics below:
Friday, January 15, 2016
Continuing the comic book custom themes, now comes another Spider-Man theme. Initially it was going to be based on Peter Parker but also wanted to do one based off Miles Morales aka Ultimate Spider-Man and decided to do a hybrid two-tone version combining both. Some reading this that may not follow comics probably aren't familiar with Miles Morales so i'll go into both versions.
Now most people, both comic readers and casual fans, already know the story of Peter Parker, the original Spidey. He was bitten by a radioactive spider which gave him his powers and became Spider-Man.
However, non-comic readers probably aren't familiar with Miles Morales, the other Spider-Man.
In a parallel universe, a scientist named Dr. Markus stole a sample of Peter Parker's blood (the Parker from the parallel universe, who was that universe's Spider-Man) to recreate the Spider-Man formula. Super villain The Prowler (aka Aaron Davis) steals the formula and in the process, one of the spiders created by Markus makes its way into Prowler's duffle bag and later comes into contact with school student Miles Morales, who was bitten by it on a visit to the Davis's house (Davis happened to be Morales's uncle). Morales develops spider powers but keeps it a secret from his parents.
Morales for a while has no interest in being a superhero until witnessing the death of the Spider-Man from his world, who died defeating their version of the Green Goblin. It was Miles's best friend (the only one he confided in originally with his secret) who suggest he take up the Spider-Man mantle and at first he wore a similar costume to Parker but it was decided that it was in bad taste due to Parker's demise so he later ended up with his own design. Morales also made history as he was the first time that the Spider-Man character was portrayed by a minority (Morales is half black, half hispanic).
In a Marvel mini-series called Spider-Men (which admittedly I haven't read yet), Miles would travel over to the main Marvel universe (known as the 616 Universe) and meet our version of Peter Parker, which initially led to some confusion and shock mainly on Miles's side having watched the Peter of his world die and then seeing him alive again in another world.
The two did eventually form a bond...
And inspired some cool comic-con cosplay moments. :D
So now that you're filled in, on to the shoes.
The original base shoe used was a shoe that i'm familiar with working on: The Jordan 3 "Fire Red".
And below is the finished product.
There were certain details that didn't come out exactly how I wanted them to (mainly with the spider webbing) but found a way to make the shoe work. Originally I wanted the webbing to wrap around the whole shoe on both and make it two tone as well (ex: the black webbing over the red background would turn into red webbing over black down in the elephant print areas and vice versa). I also wanted it to wrap around on the fronts of both shoes but it wasn't lining up properly so instead I opted to do the the Spider eyes on the fronts, which actually kinda worked out better.
Still have another comic theme in the works. Have a comic theme or non-comic theme of your own you'd like to have done? Email me at email@example.com for all inquiries.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
With the movie set to launch mid-February and my love of comics, the idea came to me last week to do a Deadpool theme.
For those not familiar with Deadpool, he's a popular Marvel character (in fact, one of their current most popular) that was created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld and was introduced in the comic book The New Mutants in 1991.
Over the years, the wisecracking "Merc With A Mouth" became more popular to the point of having different regular and mini-series over the years along with many hilarious interactions with other heroes:
Not to forget his love for pancakes and tacos...
And of course, the upcoming movie (BTW, I think Ryan Reynolds was tailor made for this role):
All of which leads to this custom shoe. The original base for the custom was the Jordan Laney 5s (could've also been made with the Grape 5s, Metallic 5s, Fire Red 5s, and the white Supreme 5s):
And below is the finished product:
The "Wade jumped over the jumpman" on the back of the left shoe was a parody of a Kanye West lyric from a song where he says "Yeezy jumped over Jumpman" (the Jumpman is the famous Jordan silhouette logo for those who don't know), which was likely a jab at Nike after having left them for Adidas (BTW, I disagree with him on that but that's another story) so I decided to have a little fun with it using Deadpool (aka Wade Wilson)'s sense of humor and the fact that this was done on a pair of Jordans. And the "Be Ecentrik" on the back of the right shoe is a tagline I've been using lately and put on a few of my t-shirts. I've done a number of comic book themes over the past year or so but this was definitely one of my most fun to create. Have a number of other ideas i'm thinking up as we speak. Have an idea of your own for a custom? Want to inquire about some past work? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas/inquiries (serious inquiries only). Also, check out my websites: www.ecentrikart.net and www.elombowmanart.com.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Another Jordan 3 custom I whipped up. Always wanted to do something in a yellow or gold and purple colorway since it reminds me of the Lakers colors (a color scheme that I've always loved) but with my own style to them. So I drew up this idea, took a pair of Fire Red 3s I had in my bedroom, and went to work.
The original base shoe (Jordan 3 Fire Red):
And the finished product:
This is a 1-of-1 pair for my personal collection. However, if you have a custom inquiry, email at email@example.com. Or if you'd like to purchase a currently available original design from Ecentrik Artistry, visit the website at www.ecentrikart.net.