Chicago Jordan One Vector

Something we designed for a client called The Sole Broker – a sneaker re-seller locally here in Staten Island NYC who came looking for his artwork recreated.

Nothing against hand-drawn art in any way, I’m an artist by hand before I ever got into digital, but the perfect proportions you can achieve tracing something out digitally leave nothing to be desired in that aspect.

When a client is looking for a design with something as iconic as the Jordan one silhouette incorporated, it’s better to go with something digitally traced in my opinion unless you have an artist with a crazy style that you love.

How to make realistic stitching in illustrator for sneakers (Chicago Air Jordan 1) 1
Concept from the project that the client did not end up going with

How to get make stitching for sneakers in illustrator

How to make realistic stitching in illustrator for sneakers (Chicago Air Jordan 1) 2

Noticing the intricate stitching patters i used to get the most realistic digital version of the shoe? Well, here’s how to do it.

  • Create a path using the pen tool along the same seam you see in the picture you are tracing.
  • Set the stroke to something around the same thickness based on your picture.
  • Go into your stroke settings and set up you stroke as a “dashed line.”
  • Mess around with the spacing between the lines and the length of each segment in the spaces below.

That’s it.