|Posted by Michael Eberra on July 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM|
These were commissioned to be given as a gift. The client contacted me wanting to have them made for his best friend who is a Mario fan. He was wanting something detailed yet not to pricy. The sneakers just needed to have fire Mario and be mostly black. Searching online as I do for a bit of inspiration, I came across a jumping fire Mario pointing at the screen. It was then I realized I had found the perfect picture to use for this design. Though Mario wasn't wielding a fire ball in it.... I needed to free hand it into existence. To give the overall image life I trailed the fire ball to loop around him as if he was really jumping off the shoe.
For the style of painting to chose to go out side of my normal shadow blocking as I do with all my sonic customs and did a full "3D" gradient toning for that realism look. As a final touch to compliment the customs, I had the lace pins custom hand made to look like the fire flower from the games in which Mario gets his fire powers from. Now as for the swooshes I painted them antique gold to resemble the gold coins found in all Mario games.
Completed (2014) -commissioned by Devon O.