Nascar Painted Shoes "Body and Soul"comments (3) January 23rd, 2009 in gallery
Here is a commissioned pair of shoes I painted recently. They were for an avid "Jeff Gordon/NASCAR/Elvis" fan. These shoes were a huge challenge! NASCAR is defined by the sponsorships, logos and designs. I also had to scrap some of my original drawings (which included my signature skeletons) due to the death imagery which is a big NASCAR taboo (eek, high mortality sport) I was completely stumped on how to incorporate my personal style and artistry into a shoe concept driven by established images. While researching NASCAR I found an image of a motor and dash panel which inspired these, the final design; The "Skeleton" of the car with driver and engine visible, and the body with all the car logos DUPONT, PEPSI, etc. I also had fun finding a way to tuck Elvis into the mix, so "Jeff" is wearing a pair of lucky blue suede shoes.
Pattern or design used: My own design - Danyelle Ortega-Roberts