The Creative Abyss


A question I often get after revealing to someone that I'm a footwear designer is, "How do you come up with ideas?" My simple answer, "By staring into the abyss of creativity that reflects nothing but pain and despair." while staring at them stone-faced, careful not to break eye contact. But to spare you that awkwardness a better answer came to me in the form of this succinctly written step by step explanation accompanied by pretty pictures for you to feast your eyes upon. 

With that said, here's how I take a simple pencil sketch and turn it into a final rendering that I have no doubt will blow your socks off. 

1. It all starts with a brilliant idea and a few chicken scratches.

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2. After torturing my soul sketching what is unquestionably a masterpiece I’ll refine it further with some COPIC markers and some nice PHAT lines from some trusted black pens.

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3. I'll then take the marker rendering and scan it into my computational device to use it as an underlay in Illustrator. But first I distract myself by a plethora of things, usually a few hours of video roulette on YouTube or song writing.

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4. With the powers of Illustrator bestowed upon us mortals by the mighty Adobe Gods, I tighten the marker rendering up with a black and white outline, carefully paying attention to the detail of line weight to make the line art pop.

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5. After hours sitting hunched over in my chair, agonizing over my latest creative sacrifice to appease the Adobe Gods, I'll splash some colors underneath to help attract the fairer sex and assert my dominance over weaker men.

6. From here I'll save the image importing it into a sketch program to render. With this sketch I used Sketchbook Pro on my IPad Pro. I only put this step in to brag of my IPad Pro and upset Apple haters.

7. After several hours of swiping back and forth furiosly fighting off the demons of creativity in the digital realm, Viola! rendered perfection. Check your feet, guaranteed your socks have been blown off.

As an added bonus here is a few of those aforementioned colors:

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Thanks for reading,
Ryan J Foust - Designer of Footwear.