I was speaking to the design director of one of my clients and we were discussing inspiration. What really is inspiration ? Where do you get it? Can you really be inspired to design a shoe based on a beautiful landscape or an ocean scene? Are you moved by an art piece that brings you an uncontrollable urge to draw some sexy stilettos or a pair of sneakers?

I didn’t really know how to answer that question at that moment because it varied. Sometimes, I am inspired by a furniture piece. At times, I will see a belt, a top, a thing, and will be inspired to do a quick pencil sketch in my sketch book. Sometimes it just comes to me as I sit and stare into blank drawing paper. There is no specific formula.

After that conversation, I happen to get a very bad cold. I was bed ridden for a few days and sketching shoes was not on my mind at all. I rented some movies, sat home, and overdosed on soup. One of the movies I happen to rent was Twilight. While I was sick, coughing uncontrollably, and eating a Ricola every other second, I was immersed in this movie. Yeah, it’s no Academy Award winning film, but it was more of the feel of the film. It’s darkness and mysteriousness. I could not resist my creative thirst to draw. I had no idea Vampires could bring on this frenzied inspiration.

Prior to seeing Twilight, I had also been interested in a clothing brand called Skin Graft. They have a retail store near my office and I enjoy perusing the shop for it’s beautiful details; fur corsets, luxurious leathers, and hardware.  I also had seen their fashion show in Los Angeles which was also dark and mysterious. I decided to sit down and put some drawings together that mixed the feel of the movie and the design elements of Skin Graft.

Since being a creative is how I make a living, I don’t really think about it, I just do it. Her question, gave me the opportunity to take a step back and think about what I am doing, why I do it, and how I get there. It was a great moment creatively to sketch this feeling I had, create a board around it , and marker render a few shoes (although quickly) on my own not because I had to for work but for me. I definitely will be doing this more often and will show my progress here.

Inspiration/Mood Board

Inspiration/Mood Board

Boot Sketches

Boot thumbnail sketches

goth-shoes

Flat and Pump thumbnail sketches

Assymetrical chain bootie

Assymetrical chain bootie

Cuff Heel

Cuff Heel

Leather Fishnet Inspired Platform

Leather Fishnet Inspired Platform

Cuff flat with fur, studs, and side zipper closure

Cuff flat with fur, studs, and side zipper closure