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Angelus Tutorials: Squid Game Custom Vans

With Squid Game madness taking over everywhere Angelus Tutorials is bringing you some Squid Game custom Vans so you can get in on the trend. Sponsored artist Sophie Saldana walks us through everything from fading to shading on this pair of customs.

1. Base Coat

Since these are canvas customs start with two coats of Angelus Flat White Paint. This will create a screen print like texture that will be easier to sketch and paint on.

2. Sketching the Design

Using pencil you can free hand sketch the design onto the toe of the shoe. The white background from the base coat should make it easy to see the pencil markings when you're ready to paint.

3. Painting the Blues

Inspired by the blue playground room on the show, @sophiesophss mixed three light blues to use for the background. Starting with the lightest blue, she builds up coats of paint to create the background. She then goes over the light blue with a slightly darker color using a scribble motion, to create that crayon drawing look from the show. She uses the darkest blue to outline the white clouds in blue and scribbled more blue onto the clouds themselves.

4. Painting the Guards

For the guards @sophiesophss recommends creating three or four different reds using the same base color. She did this by creating one main red and then adding grey to create a second red and white to create a third. This will allow them to blend well together. 

Start by color blocking the red areas with the main red. Add shadows with the darkest red and highlights using the lighter red. To really give definition to the design, add some black to the base coat for the darkest shadows.

Add black to finish off the faces the guards themed shoe.

5. Painting the Candy Design

The other shoe features a candy design inspired the dalgona game from the show. Fill in the blue sky background to match the other shoe and then paint whatever Squid Game inspired shapes you want for your candy, just be sure to use shading like you did with the guards to give the candy some depth.

More Custom Tutorials

If you want to see more custom tutorials like this one, make sure to subscribe to the Angelus YouTube channel to learn tips and techniques.

Also, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and check out our online store to grab the materials you need to create your own custom designs!

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Lucha_Loafers

For some customers it's Jordans, for others it's denim. When it comes to the work of this Angelus Direct sponsored artist, @lucha_loafers has found the perfect canvas with Vans Slip-Ons. From cartoon classics to sports greats, @Lucha_Loafers work makes the most of the medium. Check out the latest customs by @Lucha_Loafers below.

(source: @Lucha_Loafers)

The approach of Halloween has us all asking Scooby-Doo, where are you? These customs have the question answered with a spooky pair of customs featuring Scooby and Shaggy on the run from a menacing ghost in light blue against a violet background.

(source: @Lucha_Loafers)

From cartoon classics to classic films, these Rocky customs are a knock out pair. With the action spanning both shoes, a black background with red accents sets the stage for this knockout punch. 

(source: @Lucha_Loafers)

@Lucha_Loafers doesn't just create customs inspired by sports in movies, there are customs for sports fans too, including these Saints themed Slip-Ons. Black and gold are a must for any Saints fan and this pair is no exception, with an all black and gold design.

To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations. 

Custom Sneaker Spotlight: September 2021

September brings us Labor Day, the return of football and the start of fall. That means we're seeing a lot of custom cleats with the return of the NFL, including patriotic customs this month. Here are the some of the best Angelus Direct sponsored artists custom cleats from September.

(source: @mache275)

Fresh cleats for a fresh season? That's exactly what @mache275 is delivering with this black, white and red pair. Color blocking with the black and white give these Bruce Lee inspired cleats a graphic look. They're the perfect pair to kick off a new season.

(source: @dejesuscustomfootwear)

For a pair with more pattern check out these customs by @dejesuscustomfootwear. These cleats take a similar black and white palette and add a grey, marbled pattern and blue lining for a hint of color.

(source: @solesbysir)

The end of summer brings us Labor Day and the finish of the baseball season. These patriotic baseball cleats celebrate both in red, white and blue. With stars on one shoe and stripes on the other, ⁠the patriotism is hard to miss on these custom Jordan 1 baseball cleats.

To see more customs like these make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.

Sponsored Artist Spotlight: Sean, the Shoe Whisperer

Every customizer should have a motto to work by and for Sean, the Shoe Whisperer it's everything deserves a little color. You can certainly see that in his work, with customs that feature bold designs and clever color combinations. Check out the latest work by this Angelus Direct sponsored artist below.

(source: @colormefresh)

Bold colors are what define these Air Max Rocko's Modern Life. From the more muted yellow to the purple and blue combination, the mix of colors and patterns give these customs that 90's take on retro design that the cartoon was known for.

(source: @colormefresh)

Rocko isn't the only animated inspiration Sean has had, check out this pair of Mario Air Force 1's. With classic Mario red and fresh white accents this bold custom does Super Mario proud.

(source: @colormefresh)

For Sean his creativity doesn't end with customs, take these Jordan 1's featuring a design inspired by an original story written by Sean. The story, titled  KILO47, features the character Takeda Yamasaki. To give this pair dimension, he added tubes and other details to make it look like the shoes were "pumping ooze", which you can see echoed in the light green lining.
To see more customs like these, make sure to follow Angelus on Instagram and tag us in your own custom creations.