José Rui Gomes


Creative Process:

For this contest I’ve decided to establish some benchmarks for my sketches, those being:
The drawing should respect a “mosaic” pattern, so there won’t be any “loose lines” when it’s printed onto the fabric
The drawing should contain an element remotely allusive either to:
The Spring-Summer season / natural element / Portuguese culture
The drawing should be as simple as possible (no gradients, etc.)

Drawing inspiration for Paez's past collections, I started experimenting with different icons placed over the alpargatas and mixing different patterns to my taste, taking ideas in and out.

Out of all the ones that were eventually brought to paper, it seemed to me that the best option was to go on with the drawings that I now propose: a minimalistic approach to a floor paved with stones varying in size and number of edges, reminiscent to the typical Portuguese “calçada” while still distancing itself from the concept.

From here, a brief color study was done, and I ended up using the color palettes you see in the shoe presented.

About the author:

My name is José Rui, I'm 18 and I was born and raised in Braga, northern Portugal. I've recently come to Lisbon to study in the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Lisbon to better understand the designer's work methodology and mindset - in short, trying not to get unemployed.

Besides the usual doodling, sketching, and painting, I'm really into sports in general (despite my abilities) and watching movies with friends. I can also take pleasure from reading books, but I'm somewhat picky about them.

I'm a perfectionist by nature, but with a tendency for being unorganized and pessimistic, and I think it shows in whatever I do, for better or worse (people around me can tell). I'm happy for being myself, quirks and all, but I regularly try working on my "rough edges", even though I'm under the impression that I'll never get rid of them.

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