June 11, 2013

Digit-al Dozen: Wham! Comic Book Nails

Hello hello and welcome to day two of Book Week! I am a little nervous about today because yesterday went over soo well, but here we are anyway. Today I've tackled 'comic book' nails in a way that would hopefully make Roy Lichtenstein proud. These nails combine two things I've grown to be very fond of - dots and freehand with my newly trimmed nail art brush. Take a look!

Manicurity | pop art inspired comic book freehand nail art

Manicurity | pop art inspired comic book freehand nail art

Manicurity | pop art inspired comic book freehand nail art

Comic books and graphic novels are such a fun relief sometimes! I enjoy them because it's such a well thought out experience as a whole; such a challenge to tell a story not just with less words and less dialogue, but also by fine-tuning the drawn expressions and actual imagery that accompanies the plot. My most recent favorite graphic novel is rather old by now, but man I still love me some Scott Pilgrim!!

For these nails I did a lot of dot experiments before I settled on this more evenly spaced dot pattern. The dots are an homage to the printing process; images have to be color screened, or more commonly known as 'halftoned' so that they can be printed in either C, M, Y, or K. The overlapping colors create more complex colors (yellow + magenta = primary red, which is sort of mind boggling because it's a primary color in color theory and paint, yet it's not a 'primary' printing color, if that makes sense..?) and then the complete color picture is made! I used a fairly small dotting tool (whatever size is opposite the needle-sized head on my dotter) and polka dot'd over 1 coat of butterLondon Nail Foundation on all nails (the bL base coat provides sheer, but even and smooth, light beige coverage that helps me immensely in doing sheer looks like this). Then I freehanded some random shapes as half-moons and top coated all of it. THEN I used white and black acrylic paint and some Zoya Dove to do the comic book elements that look like motion, clouds, kabooms, etc. Pinkie to pointer: dark blue is Pure Ice French Kiss, yellow is Revlon Electric, red is Zoya Sooki, and light blue is China Glaze Bahamian Escape. My boyfriend was a little skeptical of layering so many elements, but it turned out just how I wanted! Yay!

Manicurity | pop art inspired comic book freehand nail art
Here's a Pin-able collage, and also just to show you my inspiration! I used this 'comic book explosion element' stock illustration image on my iPad and it was just small enough I didn't even notice the watermarks. So while I think it's fairly tacky that I'm using their watermarked illustration, I also wanted to show you the actual image I based my cloud-explosion graphics on *shrug*

Now check out the other Digit-al Dozen posts for today! Book week is going spectacularly so far!


56 comments:

  1. How fun are these! I always think comic book style dot art is really neat

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    1. Thank you! Me too! I love the little dots :)

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  2. Oh wow. I love love love these! So fun & creative.

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  3. Girl...you are on a roll!!! These are sick!

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  4. Wow -- these are all so intricate and pretty! I'm so impressed and I love all of the designs!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you like!

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  5. Emma, this is mind-blowingly awesome! Great work! I feel ya. After Curious George and Cat in the Hat...I'm afraid my next manis will be downers. LOL

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    1. Awww, Leslie, thank you! Always means a lot when you write such nice comments :')

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  6. Just discovered your blog, and OMG I love it. I wish I had your nail art skills these looks amazing x

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    1. Ahhh! Thank you so much! You have crazy cool hair :)

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  7. These are amazing Emma! I love that you are thinking outside the box with this theme! :)

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    1. Thank you! I was worried everyone would be mad I was just doing whatever I wanted >.<

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  8. Those are awesome Emma! <3 Definitely loved it!

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  9. These are some of the best wham/comic book nails I've seen!

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    1. Uhm, nicest comment evar! Thanks so much Heather!!

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  10. Oh wow, your designs are so great!! I love them <3
    This one is cool and colorful!
    I'm following your blog now :D

    #GIG

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  11. omg, I love this! Looks so cute and fun. xx Donah

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  12. Oh my gosh girl, you are so talented! This must have taken forever, but it looks fab!

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    1. Aw, thank you!! I always feel like nail art doesn't take that long, but I think it probably does take a little bit o' time - BUT I enjoy it so much it doesn't matter :p

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  13. wow.. these look so very cute! will definitely have to try this out! Love all your designs! You are an amazing artist!
    <3 #GIG

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  14. wow.. those are so cute and lovely :)

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  15. awesome nail art. superb... love the comic nail art

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  16. This mani is amazing!!! wowwww!!! and your pictures!!! LOVE IT!!! xxx

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  17. Impressive! You can even have it framed, like a piece of art! x Love, Cynthia

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    1. Ooh, now there's an idea! "Free" art for future apartments :p

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  18. Amazing nail art. Amazes me what can be created as I am not very skilled.

    http://kjandersen.wordpress.com/

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  19. You did a great job!! Love this nail design.

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  20. u rocked that trend!! looks amazing!!
    xo,
    Dee http://HauteFrugalista.com

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  21. AWESOME!!! love this manicure!! going to check out the others you posted

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    1. OH THANKS! I hope you enjoyed some of the others, too :)

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  22. I can't pick the best one. every design is awesome!
    Rock on!

    GIG
    http://julisapratiwi.blogspot.com/

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  23. OH MY GOD.. these are stunning! I wonder how much patience you needed to pull this off.. If only I had a little more talent to pull these art too! hehe great job! xoxo :)
    www.stilettosandtequila.wordpress.com

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    1. Aw thank you!! The secret is just teeeeny tiny brushes :P

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