Monday, December 24, 2012

Good as a Holiday - On My Hands

Aussie Nails Monday - Holidays

The theme for this week's challenge was "Holidays", and in my usual way I interpreted this theme rather liberally. You see, for me, holidays are all about sleep. Sleeping in, nanna naps, lazing around in bed so long you kind of doze off and suddenly it's dark...this is my idea of a holiday. So a cute little snoozing chick expresses what holidays mean to me perfectly.
I am a big fan of the chunky, stark style of artists like Bryan Lee O'Malley (Scott Pilgrim), Jim Mahfood (Clerks, Spiderman, and the awfully written but amazingly illustrated Grrl Scouts), and Chynna Clugston (Blue Monday) so I wanted to try and emulate a bit of their style into my design. 

Jim Mahfood's Grrl Scouts
From Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim comics

Chynna Clugston self portrait
 Obviously my work isn't going to be anywhere as good as any of these, but hopefully you can see some of their influence in what came out.

I was ridiculously excited by how well these came out. I must have waggled my fingers at my boy and exclaimed "Lookit! She's SLEEPING! She's all z z z z z z!" at least ten times before he finally asked me to quit it. 

Because I'm pedantic, I was really happy the Z's were still the right way around even when the nails were upside down.
Aww, lookit! She's SLEEPING!
To put this together I used a base of Ulta 3 in Lily White, which was all of 2 bucks. Fantastic value, since something like this is all I can ever see myself using white for. Her little face was done in Sinful Colors Easy Going - this would have been a lot easier if the bottle I picked up had actually had a brush in it like I imagine it's supposed to, but I got it more or less working in the end. The black parts were all done with Sinful Colors Black on Black, because I had read it was excellent for this sort of detail, being really pigmented. And  you know what? All the things I read were totally true. I'd been fooling around with a couple of blacks, trying to find one that wasn't bullshit, and this is by far the best one I've tried. There is also a swipe of a random dark red in her hair, but since you can't really see it I'm not going to go rummage around to try and remember which one it was. 

Don't forget to check out the other lovely ladies who are also in on this challenge!


  1. Don't you just want to rug her up with a nice comfy pillow.

    1. Haha! I should have thought of that for a picture. Now I'm sad I've already taken it off.


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