Janie Vans - 1-18-13

For my little sister’s Birthday I decided to paint a custom pair of Vans.  Of course I waited until the last minute and started them the evening before her birthday party.  I hadn’t really thought of anything in particular to paint so my girlfriend suggested that I put a sun from one of my paintings on the shoes.  That seemed like a good idea so I ran with it.

I start by making a rough sketch in pencil on the shoes.  It might be a good idea to tape off any areas you don’t want painted if you are going to try this yourself.  Once I have the sketch looking pretty good I’ll start putting in all of the color.  I use mostly Uni Posca Paint Pens and Sharpie Paint Pens.  For some of the black outlining I did end up using a black fabric pen.

Janie Vans -In Progress- 1-18-13


After about 8 hours I had these shoes painted and clear coated ready to go.

Janie Vans 2 - 1-18-13