Happy new year to all of you! I've been quite busy over the holidays and with exams before that, but here I am to kick off 2014 with something new for you. These are inspired by the incredible resin works of Riusuke Fukahori and Keng Lye. These artists paint between layers of resin to result in a hyperrealistic, 3-dimensional image of fish mid-swim through water. If you have a spare moment I highly recommend checking out this link for more information, photos, and a video of the mind-boggling process.
Here I tried to recreate the effect by sandwiching polish between layers of base coat. My version resulted in quite a different effect from the inspiration, but I'm satisfied overall and looking forward to developing this technique in the future.
I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. I used a small paintbrush to start painting the shadows with American Apparel Echo Park, diluted with acetone. After a layer of base coat I painted the base of the fish with American Apparel Rose Bowl and American Apparel Manila. After another layer of base coat I used American Apparel Downtown LA, American Apparel Sunshine State, and American Apparel T-Shirt. Another layer of base coat and finishing touches with American Apparel Mannequin, American Apparel Raccoon, and Essie As Gold As It Gets, all sealed with a final layer of topcoat.
The branches and leaves followed the same process with additional polishes American Apparel MacArthur Park, American Apparel Hunter, and American Apparel Makeup.