It’s like I live in Canada or something! (I do for those of you reading this from out of the country). This pair was commissioned as a present for a Oli by his loving sister. Oli requested shoes with his favorite players and his jersey on the back. Sounded pretty simple until I got the shoes and they were black which meant painting layer after layer after layer to completely coat the shoe… lesson learned I guess.
The backs are inspired by Oli’s hockey jersey and feature his name and number. Oli asked for the shoes to feature Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Redwings (whose logo was a pleasure to paint by the way), Luke Schenn of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Wojtek Wolski, currently of the Phoenix Coyotes but in his Rangers uniform and the iconic image of Bobby Orr scoring his famous diving goal. I painted the backgrounds in the colours of their uniforms to give the shoes a bright, modern appeal instead of leaving them black and white.