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Sophia Webster #PimpMyCoco Design Challenge

Sophia Webster announced another challenge in which she asked clients and fans to submit their interpretation of the 'Coco' pump. The style features a classic pump silhouette with a chic flamingo detailing on the stiletto heel. Luckily I heard of the challenge right on time (the night before), and went straight to work. 

 There is nothing more inspirational yet challenging than a blank canvas. I aimed to create a very "hands on" design by directly placing my artwork on the pump, thus incorporating my source of inspiration with a personal element. The flamingo motif of the Coco reminded me of my home, Miami; a city growing with culture, life, and entertainment. One of my favorite aspects of Miami is the rapidly flourishing art scene that is revered in the Wynwood Arts District and the yearly Art Basel phenomenon. 

The base color of the shoe is a shade of blue reminiscent of the tropical weather and clear skies enjoyed year long. I then created layers of paint splatters in magenta, lilac, white, black, and rose gold to add the energy, passion, and fun element of Miami. Here is the final design of my submission Art Walk

"Art is an effort to make you walk a half an inch above ground".

-Yoko Ono

Sophia Webster #PimpMyChiara Challenge

As a thank you to reaching a milestone of 500,000 followers on Instagram, Sophia Webster launched the #PimpMyChiara challenge for her fans. By simply using the provided sketch of the popular Chiara heel, which features a pair of butterfly wings, you could transform it into the shoe of your dreams. Below are three entries I created, each one with its own personality and story.  

Chiara No. 1 reflected my personal style with the blue and white porcelain motif commonly seen in my illustrations and artwork. The pattern on the toe band mimics the movement of the ocean, mean while the flowers on the wing directly relate to a butterfly's surroundings. 

Chiara No. 2 was inspired by Sophia Webster's playful designs and signature style of mixing vibrant colors, bold prints, and chic silhouettes. The palette I used includes orchid purple, candy apple red, and valentine pink. I paired these colors with a black and white striped pattern and "caviar" black pearl studs.  

Lastly, Chiara No. 3 alludes to the beauty and sultry nature of the fall. One of my favorite trends this season, is the incorporation of fur and the pom pom on everything! This decadent style decorates the Chiara with a multi-color faux fur toe strap, mulberry patent details, and oil slick leather wings with a matte charcoal lining. This one is bound to be a jaw dropper. 


The winner will be announced on the 20th of November. Wish me luck! 

I L L U S T R A T I O N S : Footwear Illustrations for Metro Velvet

F E R O C I U O S   C O L L A B O R A T I O N

The few days leading up to Art Basel Miami 2013, I found myself doing what I love most...drawing shoes. If you cant have them, might as well draw them. My task was to re-create three over-the-top-gorgeous shoes to serve as the focal point in a METROVELVET article. For the Animalier Tendencies, I drew a Fendi ankle boot, Givenchy boot, and Sophia Webster heel. All three shoes incorporated animalistic qualities that were expressed through materiality, pattern, or overall look.

 A few people have asked me what was the most challenging aspect about illustrating such unique footwear. For me, personally, the most challenging part in creating these drawings was capturing the expressive qualities of each material, especially fur, in a way that looks 3-dimensional on a 2-dimensional surface. However, at the end of the day, the most complicated pieces usually turn out to be the most astonishing! Below you will find a snap shot of the final article, a few process images, and the three scanned illustrations without editing. 




Luxe boot by Givenchy

Fall/Winter 2013 ankle boot by Fendi

Sienna Mandarin by Sophia Webster

 G E T   Y O U R   A N I M A L I E R   O N . 

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