Monday, September 23, 2013

King of the Jungle

Happy Monday, everyone! Here's to the start of a great work week, and a wonderful first official day of autumn as well! I know most people are sad to say goodbye to summer, but personally, I'm more than ready to embrace cozy knits, boots, and tights. I love the changing hues of leaves melting into sunsets, or contrasting against a bright blue sky before colouring the ground. I drew inspiration from these golden browns and purple shadows to create today's nail art. After not being too particularly happy with tiger nail art, I tried my luck at another furry, majestic creature: the lion.

When I started planning out this nail art I wasn't sure if I should paint the lion's face -and- mane on one nail. I settled on keeping the face as the central focus, with the mane on the adjacent nails. I was unsure if everything would align properly for photos, but I think it worked out quite nicely! I kept it simple for the rest of the nails with branches and small bits of greenery. I like the white background behind the design, as I think it adds a nice bit of contrast.

As always, here are the progress shots of the lion's face. For reference, this one nail took about an hour to paint. I always find fur the hardest texture to emulate, but I think I'm getting better. I think my technique is also becoming pretty solid and consistent now. I work mostly on just building shadows until everything is distinct.

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt on all of my nails. Following the progress photo, I started painting the lion with a small paint brush and American Apparel Palm Springs. I continued to add detail and shadow with American Apparel Makeup, American Apparel Dynasty, and American Apparel Raccoon. I then added highlights with American Apparel T-Shirt, American Apparel California Trooper, and American Apparel Manila. For the branches I used the same colours, and the leaves were done in American Apparel Army Jacket, followed by American Apparel Hunter.

I'll leave you with a closeup shot of the finished look. Thank you so much for reading, and feel free to leave any suggestions for more animal nails!



  1. this is stunning! Your animals amaze me everytime!

  2. Gorgeous!! I love everything about it!

  3. You`re an artist by real!

  4. I love how you show the steps. It's so beautiful!

  5. This is amazing! I have featured it at my blog here,