Art of Custom Sneakers: How to Create One-of-a-Kind Kicks; Paint, Splatter, Dip, Drip, and Color (Paperback)

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Art of Custom Sneakers: How to Create One-of-a-Kind Kicks; Paint, Splatter, Dip, Drip, and Color (Paperback)


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Create your own one-of-a-kind kicks with painting, drawing, stenciling, and marbleizing techniques from celebrated sneaker customizer Xavier Kickz (aka Xavier Crews).

In Art of Custom Sneakers, Xavier shares his innovative ideas and techniques for prepping, designing, and finishing custom sneakers for everyone.

The book begins with the basics—including tools and materials, workspace setup, prep, finishing, and design planning—then moves on to dozens of incredible customizing projects. Whatever your level of artistic experience, Xavier’s in-depth, step-by-step instructions ensure your success as you start making your own custom kicks. Twenty-eight QR codes to supplemental video instruction offer additional step-by-step guidance.

As you go, gather inspiration from amazing custom sneakers throughout history.

Start with any clean sneaker—whether leather Nike Air Force 1s, or canvas Vans or Converse, or bargain shoes similar to any of these—then add your own personal touches with techniques such as:
  • Cartoon Style
  • Paint Pen Camo
  • Sharpie Tie-Dye
  • Hydro-Dipped Marbleizing
  • Galactic Splatter
  • Bedazzled Flash

Stop admiring custom sneakers from afar, and start making your own!
By day, Xavier Kickz (aka Xavier Crews) is a software engineer. By night, he customizes kicks and films fun tutorial YouTube videos for his thousands of followers. Xavier has been customizing shoes for more than 10 years and has recorded more than 120 videos. A graduate of Virginia State University, Xavier often gives back to his community by giving away his customized shoes, basketballs, iPads, and more. His goal in creating his videos for beginners is to teach creative techniques so viewers can build their skills and enjoy making things by hand. He lives, works, and inspires from his home in Raleigh, NC.
Product Details ISBN: 9780760381809
ISBN-10: 0760381801
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 160
Language: English
"[A] vibrant debut...The creative designs wow, especially the “cut paper collage” made by gluing on cutout comic book panels, as well as the marbled effect achieved by dipping shoes in a mixture of leather dye and shaving cream."—Publishers Weekly

"[Xavier Kickz] encourages readers by telling them that they don’t have to be an artist or student of the craft to create a pair of sneakers or two (or several); all one needs is the desire and willingness to learn and to practice different techniques. ... A sure hit."—Library Journal STARRED Review

"The Art of Custom Sneakers is a comprehensive and creative book for making one-of-a-kind kicks. From tools to design planning, this book guides both beginners and experienced creators through innovative techniques. With clear, step-by-step instructions and video guidance, you'll transform everyday sneakers into unique works of art. Find inspiration from sneaker history as you add personal touches using a variety of materials. Elevate your footwear and embrace artistic self-expression with this amazing book!"—Paula Liz, Art educator and author of Be a Creative Changemaker