Day 6: Back from Memorial Weekend, It’s Time To Sketch

Tuesday May 31st, 2011

After a long Memorial Day weekend, we’re back and ready to start sketching!

Sean and Pedro once again joined the class, as we dove into the different materials and construction techniques used to create athletic shoes. This was one of the topics most in the class stated they wanted to get out of the course. We shoved the desks to the side and all came forward to the front of the classroom, around D’Wayne, to get a good look at the samples he brought in for us.

We went through different shoe definitions, and explanations of fabric wrapped midsoles, double lasting, color dams, pattern efficiency, among many others… D’wayne pulled example after example from his bottomless duffel bag, and we got a rare chance to see the layers behind the layers most ever get to see. This was eye-opening (and for some, disheartening…) as we learned the advantages and limitations of upper perforation, embossing, stitching techniques, sustainable construction, etc… We all passed around samples of yet-to-be constructed uppers and saw firsthand the flat patterns and foam laid out.

After some more questions from the group, we got right to proportions! D’wayne gave us an example on the board and explained the methods we need to use to make sure we’re staying in good form and sketching a shoe that can actually fit on a foot. It seems a bit ridiculous to even say, but it’s something that is imperative before you begin your actual sketches. We spent a good deal of time just sketching the foot and wrapping soft lines around to create the basic form needed to begin. Soon this will be something done in our heads, but for now it was a good refresher and lesson on keeping our proportions correct.

Once we all got some one-on-one with D’wayne, he set us to the task of creating ten different sketches for tomorrow morning. I got a lot of different concepts and drawings done this weekend but there’s always room for more! I can’t wait to see what everyone puts up on the wall and to get some good critiques going (a surprising strong point for our class of “mutes…”)

Time to sketch!

- John McCue