Monday, 25 November 2013

Tin Tin Shoes for my Tin Tin

It's been a while since I have posted something. But haven't been doing much work these days. Well, getting married soon, so am enjoying the shopping phase. But honestly, that's what I have been doing for sometime now. But in between, I got this request to hand paint a shoe, and the request was from my loving and little genius nephew Agastya.

He had seen what I did for Gautam, the Angry Birds shoes. And mind you the 3-year-old vividly remembered the background of that shoe and wanted exactly the same light blue background but with his father's favourite character Tin Tin in it. Yes, Tin Tin was and is favourite comic character of Agastya's dad since his childhood. 

Agastya got to know about Tin Tin after seeing scores of Tin Tin comic books and VCDs lying in his house, preserved by his doting father since his childhood. And in this smart phone and tablets age, Agastya has more often than not has seen Tin Tin cartoon videos on his dad's phone. And that's how the request to spray Tin Tin on his shoe came to me.

Now, there was a challenge here. I had to hand paint the smallest possible size available canvas shoes for someone who is obsessed with its details too. Due to my shopping ways, I kept the request on a back burner. But one fine day, the cutie pie, called me and said 'Maasi, what's happened to my shoes?. I replied casually, "Sorry Agli, I forgot." Pat came the typical sweet kid response, "Please maasi, get it done naa, please." And my heart melted like an ice cream.

I decided to get on with it on war footing and mind you the result is nothing less than impressive. And I am not the one evaluating my work. Agastya has decided that he will be wearing these shoes for my wedding. Which essentially means, he has 'LOVED' it. So the process was no different from what I did during Gautam's shoe. 

Just that Gautam, at 29, wasn't the one looking for details and Agastya, 3, was. Yes, by mistake a rocket that I had painted on the shoe was filled with wrong colours, and I was told to change it to white and red like its in the comic series. But then it was worth it. I completed the shoe in a matter of three days.

Delivered it to him the next day, and since then, Agastya hasn't worn any other pair of shoe. And has also promised me that he will wear them to my wedding too. That's all what I wanted, the joy he has and the smile he wears is worth more than all the hardwork. 

The beginning

Work in progress

Adding the right colours

The wrong rocket

The finished product with right rocket colour

In love

The rocket with the right colours

Agastya wear's them with some attitude

And mind it he doesn't like anyone saying a word about it