Sunday, June 09, 2013

Inspired by Alphonse Mucha: Summer (1896)

Hello! I'm really excited to show you today's post. I've been a fan of Alphonse Mucha's work for quite awhile, and I finally built up the courage to try and paint one of his pieces on my nails. His work is so breathtakingly beautiful, and the art nouveau style in general is stunning. I know these are different from anything I've ever done, but I love these so much, and I hope you do too. I really enjoyed working on these, and I'd love to do more like this in the future.


Source: Wikimedia Commons
The piece I chose to portray is 'The Seasons: Summer' from 1896. I love all of the different elements that could be translated onto the nail; from the hazy sky, to the exuberant poppies, to the coiling grapevine. The female figure was, as expected, the most difficult to paint. I started with basic shapes to get the proportions right, then added shading followed by highlights. Luckily, Mucha uses distinct outlines, which helped define the figure. I'm not entirely happy with the facial expression, but I'm still pleased that I was able to give her any kind of face on such a small scale.

I like how the scenery nails came out as well, especially the fading sky. I achieved the blending of colours with the same brush that I used for everything else. I just brushed nail polish on in layers, fading the colours into each other. Using minimal amounts of polish at a time worked best, and painting felt sort of like doing a dry brush technique.



I used a whole slew of polishes for these, mostly from American Apparel: Summer Peach, Palm Springs, Port, Poppy, Downtown LA, California Trooper, American Denim, T-Shirt, Sunset Blvd, MacArthur Park, and Rose Bowl. I also used OPI You Don't Know Jacques and OPI San Tan-Tonio.


If you're still reading this, thank you so much for sticking around! I really hope you like these, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

BRITTNEY XO


14 comments:

  1. Incredibly beautiful. A marvel, a real piece of art. I'm truely amazed...

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  2. Oh my life these are so beautiful!! I would be so porous of these, I love the colours you've used and think you portrayed the art really well :)

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  3. Criminal Nails9 June 2013 at 12:34

    Jesus, Brittney! This is probably the most beautiful of your works! I absolutely love it! Alfons Mucha? I was sold already! But it's really a gorgeous recreation!

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  4. Elizabete Onzule9 June 2013 at 13:17

    Omg, this is amazing work. Beautiful!!!

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  5. those are beautiful, you did an amazing job on these! bravo!

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  6. Dagmara Suszczynska9 June 2013 at 13:44

    Wow! You do some of the best freehand I've seen. Love the colours too.

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  7. woooow, this is art! i love it!

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  8. La Fashion Blogueuse9 June 2013 at 14:16

    Your nail art is AMAZING!

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  9. Incredible!! Absolutely gorgeous!! You've done a huge job!!!!

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  10. This is beautiful! your so talented x

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  11. this is truly a work of art! amazing!!

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  12. Absolutely beautiful!

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  13. These are crazy! I hope these get a thousand reblogs on tumblr

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