words & interview // Nick DePaula
As we’ve seen through the years in our artist spotlight series, there’s a lot of ways to draw a shoe. You can beautifully sketch and shade by pencil or computer render the hell out of every last proportion, but as we continue moving into a new digital age of modern design, it’s becoming harder and harder for aspiring artists to truly stand out. That’s why the work of Rhyen Ellis really caught our eye as a break from the norm, thanks to his entirely unique and quirky styling of everyone‘s favorite sneakers.
A 26 year-old graphic designer from Adelaide, Australia, Ellis has been posting his digital drawings of some of the industry’s most beloved shoes on his Tumblr blog, Kick-Draw.tumblr.com, and the progressive takes are giving us an entirely new glimpse of shoes we’ve seen literally thousands of times through the years. Check out some of Rhyen’s favorite drawings, more on his design process and a look at the artist behind KICK DRAW ahead.
Be sure to check out the 12.2011 iPad Issue of Sole Collector later this week for even more high-res designs from Ellis, as well as sneakers exclusively designed for his iPad feature.
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