This is my entry for the Foot Locker Art Prize 2011.

I started by painting in watercolour on an A4 sheet of watercolour paper and once it was totally dry I went back over the painting with pen and ink with some of my usual kind of doodles.

Next, I scanned my image into photoshop and played around with the doodled areas in the liquify filter using the ‘Bloat’ tool. I was looking for an organic look, of say, intestines or varicose veins or the arteries around the heart or other interesting internal body parts!

Then I started playing with filters and effects such as Invert, Colourise and Neon glow.

Too much fun!

As you can see I duplicated the background layer and rotated it by 180 degrees then reduced the opacity to 50% and rubbed out any bits that were crossing over each other. Lots of other little tweaks took place till I was happy with this.

I used the selection tool to select each area of the sneaker in turn, filling in the heel and ankle areas with desaturated panels from the edge of my original art work and used the ‘Fresco’ filter on the patterned bottom edge. I dodged and burned the edges of each area and added a shadow around the lace holes

Once I had flattened the layers making up the sneaker, I used layer style / blending options / bevel and emboss to give the sneaker a 3D look and Outer Glow / dark purple to help pick out the sneaker from the patterned background.

Too easy!

featured in the ‘100%’ group 21-04-2011
featured in ‘A Fascinating Purple’ group 30-05-11


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  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Wonderful work! April 20, 2011

  • Thank you Deborah, I am delighted to be featured.

    – Smurfesque

  • Jillian Merlot
    Jillian Merlotover 3 years ago

    Well done on your feature Bernice! Well deserved as I know that you put 100% into your creation.

  • Thanks Jillian, what a lovely comment and you’re right it was a mammoth task but very enjoyable.

    – Smurfesque

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 3 years ago

    I dig this one too…gotta love tennis shoes!!! Well done :o)

  • Anyone for tennis he he!

    – Smurfesque

  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 3 years ago

    Stunning, outstanding, wonderful work

  • You make me feel good. I like that!

    – Smurfesque

  • oddoutlet
    oddoutletover 3 years ago

    How did you go in the comp? Very cool work!

  • Thank you so much! The Foot Locker prize isn’t judged till July sometime and there are thousands of entries. If I get a mention at all I will be posting it here, don’t worry!!!!

    – Smurfesque

  • lynell
    lynellover 3 years ago

    Cool image~~

  • Thank you so very much!

    – Smurfesque

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