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11-05-2012, 12:05 PM
A new project has been announced in the WetCanvas! project system!

Title: Footwear
Project Leader: artbyjune
Relative Difficulty: Irrelevant
Type Restrictions: Any Type
Medium: Any Medium
Subject: Not Applicable
Days open for signups: Always
Maximum participants allowed: Unlimited


van Gogh painted a pair of old boots. What can you come up with in the footwear category? Perhaps you fancy yourself as a designer of space age footwear? Or Fashion shoes? Perhaps you'd like to paint or draw your favourite shoes or boots? Whatever your take on footwear, we'd love to see the results in this project.

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11-05-2012, 12:20 PM

Boots, from a WDE in 2010. I think these are the only footwear I've done to date. Pen and watercolour washes, 8 by 12ins, paper.

11-05-2012, 03:09 PM
oh I remember these boots, I think I did them too!

this is a glass slipper from a WDE last yr


my fav shoes were the generations of court shoes
walnut ink and WC


11-06-2012, 07:48 AM
Hi Bonnie. Lovely glass slipper...you caught the shine so well. I adore those little pink boots against the adult brown ones!

11-07-2012, 12:44 AM
June, such cheerful shoes. I want a pair of those.

Bonnie, lovely shiny shoe there. Even better than a photo!!

I've just sketched my son's Reeboks this morning and then doodled others.



11-07-2012, 01:14 AM
Hi Sandra. The reboks look good, especially the touch of red. And I love your creative doodle shoes.

Have you done ballet? I love the feel of ballet slippers, especially the soft pink leather ones. I have a pair of satin ones. I took about 5 lessons once...it was fun. I did it as an adult hobby class.


11-08-2012, 01:22 AM
I did ballet when I was very little. Ballet slippers are so soft in general. Thanks for comments.

11-08-2012, 09:52 AM
June, I bet you wish you owned these gorgeous boots.

Bonnie like your glass slippers, they really shimmer. Sneakers make such a good subject.

Sandra....good sketches and ah, ballet slippers. I studied ballet from the time I was 9 years old until I was about nineteen. Did some minor shows, but never hit the big time...got married and stopped. I'm sorry now, I still dance in my head. :heart:

11-24-2012, 01:25 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Nov-2012/65063-boots.jpg:music: "these boots are made for working, and thats just what they'll do:music: ...pencil on smooth bristol.....xpost from either d/s or all media .....tyree

11-25-2012, 02:27 AM
I left a post here yesterday but it seems to have disappeared....

I'll try again. Great looking boots and shoes so far. I really enjoy drawing shoes and this will be a great way for me to get back into doing some art for me now that my course has finished for the year.

Here are some boots I did a couple of years ago.


11-26-2012, 02:19 AM
Jacquip...I love those studies of boots.

Also Tyree, I left a comment but we are having problems with this thread and it disappeared. I love your chiaroscuro study of boots.

Well, this may disappear. Must see if I can find out what gremlins are at work here!!

12-07-2012, 12:46 AM
Oh my goodness, Susan, those boots rock big time!!! The colors, the style, the brevity of it yet so descriptive!!! I have to try Bristol too now.

Jacqui, great lines on the boots. Sure and confident and they look well worn! And such detail paneling on your sneakers. I can't do that. Kudos to your patience.

12-10-2012, 05:07 AM
I had a ton of trouble getting this resized properly from the original image (which was of the entire page, the tools used, and was dated in a corner) and the photograph itself has poor lighting as it was white paper and the highlights are pretty much white in person. My first share though! Did this about a month ago as just a pretty quick practice piece and used only a 9B Faber-Castell graphite crayon I had just bought and wanted to play with. I miss the way Ebony pencils were back when they were made by Sanford/ Deisgn versus the newer Prismacolor ones and this was hoping I'd get similar darkness. Not really but I like the look of the actual piece.

Edited to add: Hmmm shows up bigger hear than on my computer after resizing... Looks kind of stretched now. I don't know. Maybe I will scan it at some point. Doesn't really do it justice. The shading looks smoother and obviously the lighting is screwing with it a lot. An experiment in posting images here, if nothing else!

12-10-2012, 07:52 AM
tzipora, welcome to this thread. I like your shoe. It shows sufficient darkness. Was ebony pencil really so well made back then? I have one by Sanford but it's never really very dark.

This is on Velvet board 8x10 inch and what surprised me was that handmade Richieson soft pastel is too hard to lay down sufficient color. Harrumph!!! What a pity. Daler Rowney is superb, so is Terry Ludwig, Unison and even Stabilo pastel pencil. Derwent pastel pencil can't go on as well.

I've put this one on the wall!!


12-13-2012, 07:02 AM
Tzipora, welcome. A very good rendition of the classical style shoe. I know what you mean about getting the image right to post on the screen. Its something I find problematic too. Often I can't get the colours right, etc, etc.

Those are magnificent colourful boots Sandra.

The WDE this week (allmediaartevents) has a great photo of fancy shoes and boots. Maybe you would like to check it out for drawing possibilities, or ATCs.

I would have done something from it but I have had lots of household crises this week...washing machine on the blink, etc, etc....

12-15-2012, 11:03 PM
Here are some blue shoes, was playing with watercolours on this one. From photo. I would never be able to wear a pair of shoes like this.


12-27-2012, 05:22 PM
Wow, some wonderful creations here. I love Van Gogh's boots. I think footwear says a lot about a person. My son's girlfriend had some amazing stilettos for Christmas, wish I had been able to paint them... sadly, gone are the days when I could wear stilletos.

Here's some of my footwear.

Watercolour boot

Walking boots in ink

Party shoes in ink

12-27-2012, 11:23 PM
Jacqui, you are still young enough to put a pair of those killers on.

Inky, great looking shoes. The penwork is good.

12-27-2012, 11:30 PM
Great shoes and boots there Inky, esp love the walking boots in ink.

Sandra it has been many many years since I have even contemplated wearing shoes like that. Not that I would ever have been brave enough to wear stunning blue ones.

01-17-2013, 05:45 PM
I was thinking this was an exchange project and I've been waiting for the list of participants and had forgotten about it.

01-21-2013, 08:18 PM
Hi Old Rock Chick - this doesn't say it is an exchange project but we do have one just started this January - ATC's - Here's the link