Bear in mind: The first time I did this it took me almost a week to do the whole thing. The second time it took a couple of days. But I'm a perfectionist.
Items Necessary: 1) A pair of white canvas shoes. I got mine for twenty dollars at Payless.
-Keep in mind the amount of time you intend to wear them and buy accordingly. I wore my first pair eight hours a day for six months and by the time winter hit the heel was pulling away from one of the shoes. All my hard work down the drain, I should have bought better quality. But it's up to you.
- Also I know that everybody loves converse but if you're like me and wear pants (as oppose to say shorts) all people can see is the toe and it's covered in that ugly white plastic bit that you can't draw on. If you're going to bother drawing on your shoes, flaunt them to the world!
2) Markers - use whatever kind you want but make sure that they're waterproof. I used Prismacolor because they were on sale.
- be wary of markers with fat tips, they bleed easier but tiny marker tips take longer and use more ink. Your call. I like
the medium sized one (you can see it below, the cap is off and it's orange)
3) Paper, Pencil, Eraser -seriously, you need them if you want this to turn out well
4) Some kind of Waterproof Spray - I'm told it's not 100% necessary but why take the risk?
Step 1: Planning and Drawing and Cutting
Make sure you take the time to get the details right.
Cut them out CAREFULLY
Step 2: Tracing
1) Take a sharp pencil and poke small holes into strategic places (where lines intersect) on your papercutout. Then line the outline back up to the cutout and using a pencil put little dots on the shoes where the holes are. Then it's only a matter of playing connect the dots!
2)Trace the outline. Start cutting your paper drawing into smaller pieces based on the details of your drawing (I did number one but that would be like cutting out Superman's S shield or trimming off Batman's gloves). What's left is a line that tells you exactly where the line in your drawing was.
Either way at this point you can still erase but be careful! If it's something that you need to leave white any erasing is going to show a little. Always press as light as you can still see.
Step 3: Marker Time!
However large sections of black take forever to fill in. Take a look at Wonder Woman's hair, the darkness changes. It takes way more black ink to fill in a space then it does for a lighter colour, keep that in mind. However I've found the lighter colours have a higher tendency to bleed, once again your choice.
I seriously do recommend outlining the the black though.
Another thing I recommend is to give your shoes a sense that they're actually a PAIR of shoes, without making them identical. Personally I divide these shoes into four sections based on the seams, make two sections unique (here it's our sections with the Justice League) and then the other two the same on both pairs of shoes (the backs and the symbols side)
Step 4: COLOUR!!!!!!!!!
There's not a lot I can do to explain that. But a few tips and tricks
1) Start with the 'foreground' first. For me this is my characters and fill the background colour in only when you're done
2) If you're nervous about bleeding or anything else start with something unimportant, usually for me (because my jeans cover it) the heels. Also remember with the heels that if you're like me and slide off your shoes with your feet the heels are going to get pretty beat up so don't put anything too important there and try to use dark colours.
3)Put the LIGHT COLOURS ON FIRST That way if you mess up hopefully you can just dark colour over it. But don't stress out, it happens
4)Personalize it! That's why your making the shoes isn't it? I like to write quotes and things on mine. Batman's on the shoe, I want to write something Batman said on it.
5) I never found a good skin tone marker, I just leave it white.
Step 5: Let it Sit!
If you're wondering how the shoes hold up after six months I've got some pics up below of my first pair of shoes as they are now.
Now go forth, wear and enjoy!