Thursday, December 05, 2013

Penguin Pals

The title for today's post is a little childish, but definitely accurate: we have two penguins who are obviously pals, so why not go for the alliteration? The whole scene reminds me of something you would see on a Christmas card, and the snowy backdrop is appropriate considering we've just received our first snowfall here.

I keep think that it's too early for Christmas, but November is almost halfway through! Time has been flying by so quickly, so I guess it's good that I'm actually getting a head-start on the festive nail art. Let me know if you have any suggestions or things you would like to see. I'm drawing a blank right now and could really use your help! :)

Since I painted two penguins, I decided to include both of them in today's step-by-step. I didn't go as crazy with the colours for these ones, and stuck with basic greys with blue and purple shades. The last two steps look quite similar, but in the last one I went back with the grey on the stomachs of the penguins to add more texture. Then I added a bit of white on top of that to soften things and give the penguins a fluffier look.

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a small nail art brush to paint the penguins starting with American Apparel Santorini. I continued shading with American Apparel Echo Park, American Apparel L'Esprit, and American Apparel Factory Grey. I then did the darker parts of the penguins with American Apparel Imperial Purple. For the sky I used the watercolour technique with American Apparel L'Esprit and American Apparel Santorini. I did the same for the snow with American Apparel Echo Park, and then went over the whole scene with American Apparel T-Shirt to soften it up. I added snowflakes last with a dotting tool and a silver glitter polish.

As beautiful as snow may be, I know firsthand that it's not as nice to have to travel through it, so I hope the snow delays its arrival wherever you are! And to those of you who never get snow: I'm jealous! Please send good and warm vibes to the rest of us :) Take care and thanks for reading!


Cardinal in Snow

Hi everyone! I'm terribly sorry for being so inactive. I've been busy doing student-related things like being studious and not having a social life and the usual. I'm going to try to squeeze in a few Christmas manicures here and there, but my exam schedule is pretty hectic, so no promises. Otherwise, feel free to check out my past holiday manicures for some inspiration.

While searching for my own inspiration I stumbled upon a striking photo of a cardinal among snowy trees. I also saw similar photos with bluejays that looked really beautiful, so hopefully I can try that out too. For now here's my cardinal surrounded by  snow-covered branches and berries. Unfortunately, I don't have step-by-step photos for this one. I stopped photographing the process because I didn't think the design would work out- I had to go back and rework it a lot, making everything too complicated. The process was pretty much the same as my previous work though, starting with reds and shading with burgundy and brown, later highlighting with orange tones and white.

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a small paint brush to start on the cardinal with American Apparel Pink Ladies. I shaded with American Apparel Poppy, American Apparel Downtown LA, American Apparel Port, American Apparel Makeup, and American Apparel Raccoon. I used the last two shades for the branches, and American Apparel Army Jacket and American Apparel Hunter for pine needles. I used a dotting tool and American Apparel Poppy for the berries, and added white to some of the branches for snow. Finally I added snowflakes with a dotting tool and a silver glitter polish, and went over the snow with China Glaze Snowglobe for added sparkle.

Thanks so much for your readership and best regards! :)