Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shoes! .....?

Yep, this is going down in history as one of my strangest live gigs ever. Believe it or not.... I was recently hired by an agent to draw SHOES. I've drawn faces, all sides of figures, people as Simpsons characters, as Superheroes, as M&Ms, as Cars, as Animals, all sorts of things. But this was my first "from the knee down" gig.
It was for a shoe event at a local high end department store. This afternoon, a few weeks ago, they had me, a DJ, and a caterer ( serving cosmos .... very "Sex in the City"-ish). All I was supposed to do was draw the customers' feet as they posed them in the store's very price-y shoes.
Here I remembered to snap a picture of my "models" for you. Let me tell you, feet aren't the easiest things to draw. Well, cartoony feet like I usually draw, aren't hard. But pretty, even sexy feet... well, that's not something a cartoonist who usually specializes in caricaturing faces is accustomed to drawing. I learned one thing for sure-don't give a woman a "fat foot"!
Now by THIS time, I'd kinda figured out a "style" for the feet. Likeness, I learned, wasn't important. Just drawing a sexy, elegant foot was. Oh, and the shoes had to be pretty exact! This particular pair was for sale for $1200!

Yeah... my jaw fell open, too.

The lady IN the shoe said she bought them just because I made her foot look so good in it. I sold LOTS of $$$ worth of shoes for the store this day.

Shoes.... who woulda thought?


Beast said...

Sounds like a fun event.

Michael said...

Massive kudos. These are actually some sexily drawn feet!!!

Keelan Parham said...

Thanks, guys. Was a weird but really fun event. It's always cool to HAVE to stretch your artistic muscles.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

This is a client with a DEFINITE foot did you have to BEND DOWN to do the pics or did they place their feet on a platform? Any "interesting" smells?

Esly Carrero said...

That is so hilarious Keelan. lol. That must've been SOME gig! I love how intricately you drew these though.. they flow so nicely. I love the shoes too! But.. I don't think I would have paid THAT much for them!

Your artwork here should be charged just as much then for just that shoe! or at least Half considering.. you drew 1 out of the pair. ;)

Dennis said...

Is it odd or insulting that this is my most favorite thing I've ever seen from you? By bounds. Graceful, technically beautiful, and toned really delicately. BIG fan of this post, and no, I don't have a foot fetish. Don't judge me! ;)