thanks jboogie, I really appreciate the feedback! any specific critiques on the form or are you just interested in the thought process behind it?
this is basically the logo I'm trying to incorporate in my shoe designs. in this case the R is the eyestay and I've altered the enclosing shape to flow with the shoe.
you're absolutely right about the flat areas. I admit I got a little lazy by the time I got to texturing. thanks for the tip, I'll play around with the warp mesh tool later tonight.
in the meantime here are a few more colorways I did yesterday:
the way I have my document set up, it's very easy to edit shadows, colors and textures, separately for individual pieces. I learned some very useful techniques from this rendering tutorial