THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT
I wanted to illustrate one of my favorite shoes, the Asics Gel Lyte III, but do so in a more abstract way, using only one shape, a circle. Well let’s just say I got carried away. I started zooming in on small areas and before I knew it things got out of hand, to the point where I put the project down for months. To be honest, I thought I’d never finish it. It was meant to be something abstract, and it started to look more and more like a realistic piece. But I’m happy I didn’t give up. I think at a glance it looks like a pretty typical illustration, but on closer examination the circles (all 10,000) of them, give it a nice texture and depth.
WHY THIS COLORWAY?
There are over a dozen Gel Lyte III variations I could have chose from, but I went with the Ronnie Fieg “Super Green” version for one simple reason. I can never own it. A run of these shoes were made as a charitable project for Soles for Souls (read more about that here), so they were not sold to the public. So I thought I’d commemorate it as the subject for this illustration. I did a few other versions below, check them out in the other photos in the slideshow, including a wireframe view showing you exactly how many circles there are!