Sketches: Footwear

On the way home from a sketching meet-up last Saturday, I found some time to sketch a sneaker and boot. I really enjoy sketching footwear and all the endless exploration you can do with the topic. This time I kept it a little conservative with the boot and sketched something I would wear. I tried to be a bit different with the sneaker.


I actually liked what I came up with! Lately I’ve been enjoying the color pencil style of sketching, so that’s what I used here. I hadn’t had a chance to do much digital rendering lately, so I loaded the sketches into my iPad and got working. Here’s the boot all rendered up along with some color ways:


Black fits the moto style I was aiming for. I tried some bold colors that could highlight the texture of the boot well. My favorite is the olive with a tan sole - it’s a bit different from my personal style, but I can see how people can get creative with mixing this boot into their wardrobe.

… and then the sneaker. I’m not too much of a sneaker head, but I had a lot of fun with this one.


I’ve always enjoyed designs that pulled the sole in a bit more to look further integrated. So that was the challenge here, and how do I design this in a way that makes it a statement feature, but not too overpowering. There’s also a peek of what the sole could potentially be.

In exploring these color ways, I thought - what ways could I break up the shoe, and how do I keep it balanced overall? I gave it a huge Nike logo and tried some texturing with Procreate’s native brushes.

There’s some things that need to be worked out if I were to take this further, especially the back. I only planned to briefly finish that sketch, but I just loved detailing this out. Sneakers are a completely different ball game. I would love to do a real project on footwear. It’s one of those things you see all views of, like watches and eyewear. So you have to be extra aware of how the designs translate when it’s turned around.

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