Friday, July 16, 2010

Miku Converse

After a bout of inspiration, I finished these kicks as another pair for NDK - so without further ado, here's Miku from the well known Vocaloid series!

For those of you that don't know Vocaloid, it's a piece of software made by Yamaha.  The software features vocal banks such that if you input lyrics and a melody, it will sing to your tune!  You can further tweak and modify the voice so it comes out the way you want it, and then add it to the rest of your composition to make a song.  You can find several composers using Vocaloid on the internet based on the sheer amount of music originating from it.  Interestingly, this has given all Vocaloid characters virtual celebrity status - they're famous and can sing, but they don't really exist as people.

I was troubled with making this pair.  These particular shoes sport different materials from the usual brand of Chucks, and as such could not hold paint as well.  But I did a lot of experimenting with acrylic ink and it had wonderful results.  You won't be able to see it as well here in the pictures, but the ink has this metallic sheen to it, so when you walk around with Miku, her hair will shine and shimmer.  It's pretty badass.

I'm most proud of the text I put on the back.  I have a thing for text.  Something about stylizing font or making a few words read differently really appeals to me.  That, and it makes it feel official.  So the backs of the shoes are emblazoned with Hatsune Miku's name and her Vocaloid number.

I'm planning on releasing a series of shoes for each of the three main Vocaloids (Miku, Lin & Ren, and Luka), so expect to see the other two!

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