Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Inspired by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant)

Hi there! After many days without anything interesting on my nails, I decided that I wanted to try something more technical and patience-requiring. To be honest, the soft, blurred strokes I've been doing for my animal nail art has allowed for me to be pretty sloppy. I haven't touched my striping brushes in what felt like ages (probably several months), so I knew it was time to brush up on my linework. I settled on these very graphic (also intimidating) Shepard Fairey/Obey Giant designs and worked away for a good three hours. I really like how cohesive Fairey's different pieces are in terms of colours and recurring themes, and his intricate designs looked like a good challenge.

Overall I am satisfied with how these turned out. Some of the lines are a bit off, and I had to redo a lot of the more detrimental mistakes that, thankfully, are now gone, especially with the Andre the Giant faces. I'm also quite happy with the proportions, though this curved nail shape still surprises me when I expect to be able to paint all the way to the corners of square nail shape.

I started off with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt. The designs were done with nail art and striping brushes using American Apparel Hassid and American Apparel Downtown LA.

I know this nail art won't please everyone, but I hope that some of you liked it, and thank you for reading either way! Stay warm and have a good day.

Yours truly,


  1. These are awesome! Love Shepard Fairey!

  2. divine! As always :)

  3. Wow! These are amazing! I love these soo much! <3

  4. Okay, seriously, these are just insanely good. Absolutely crisp and bold. You have to stop being so amazing!!

    (never stop being amazing. ^_^ )

  5. Wow. This is incredible! Mad props to you sister :)

  6. Damn girl - this is amazing. Even my boyfriend was wowed by these! As someone who grew up in SoCal and saw these images everywhere, I definitely love Obey and appreciate how awesome this mani is!

  7. This is awesome!! Love Obey :D