(some pics of the shoes after preparation)
(my shoes after 3 coats of red)
7. I decided to add a line pattern just to jazz it up a little. Here i'm using a small detail brush for the line work. Different size brushes are needed for different areas of the shoes and/or different designs.
8. Here i'm filling in the swoosh on the side with a medium sized brush (sidenote: always use good quality brushes. Quality brushes = cleaner paint job..of course knowing what you're doing helps too!)
9. Adding in a black pattern over the white lines (I used about 2-3 brushes just for that alone to get different size lines).
10. Sometimes I will use a dryer to blow dry the shoes after all the layers are done just to speed up the drying process. After the shoes are dry, I usually apply a finish coat to protect the paint job (sorry I forgot to photograph that step). You can use a matte or gloss acrylic medium (check any art store). I prefer to use a spray finish made for acrylics since it takes less time to apply and still gives good results. Use whatever works best for you.
And now...the finished product:
And there you have it. Also I should note, the entire process from start to finish can take hours to do (sometimes even days) depending on the amount of detail going into the design. I've spent anywhere between 8-9 hours to a week working on a project. To be a sneaker customizer, you have to have a good amount of patience, be attentive to detail, and most importantly, a certain dedication and passion for the art (and of course the natural talent). I consider it to be one of those things you really have to love, as certain aspects of it can get tedious at times (although it doesn't really bother me, but then again it's what I have a passion for so I understand having to put in the long hours/days to complete a project...but I suppose that's the case with any profession).
That's why I have so much respect for fellow artists who are dedicated to their fields..whether they be fellow sneaker customizers, other visual artists, musicians, photographers, designers, etc. They don't mind putting in the work and dedication to express their creativity and push their craft to the next level. I have a deep love & respect for the art culture and sneaker customizing (and of course sneakers!) and love to see appreciation and support for all of the arts.
Anyway, i've rambled on long enough. Hope you enjoyed my step-by-step!