I always wear Allstar shoes. So as part of my visual identity, they are also part of my polymer clay self-portrait sculpture/illustration. Check out also tutorial 1 to see the rest of the process of making minime.
OK then. First I stole a pasta maker from our kitchen, never to be returned. Not everyone in the family was excited, but I was. Then I created thin layers of red clay material and the last round of thinning I passed them through the machine with a piece of cloth with a delicate texture. The texture needs to be very delicate in order to fit the scale of the sculpture.
Now that I have the base material, I created the pattern with paper on top of the sculpture legs. And then gently placed them on the “fabric” material, careful not to ruin the texture I just created.
After having all the pieces for the two shoes (make sure to mirror the patterns for the other shoe) – I placed all of them on a white thinned material, to create the inner part of the allstar shoes.
After having all the pieces with the red fabric outside and the white inside, I placed them on the sculpture legs. Find the mistake in the image.
So mistakes did happen and I did some double work.
With a long white snake part I went around the shoe to create the sole, squeezing it towards the shoe with one of my favorite tools.
On the front part of the Allstar sole there is a thicker part, with some texture. Here I use a needle tool to create the texture. I also add the famous round logo without the logo (just white circle).
Created little equal size balls for the rivets, and then place them. I’m creating a small cavity for each one a ball embossing tool.
Then placing the laces.
At the end, as you can see the final result. I also placed some black acrylic paint to give them a used look. Using a black pen I added the line copying the original Allstar design. The line is not perfect, but in the final image of the self portrait, it’s so small, that you can hardly notice.