Sunday, 21 September 2014

From comic to nail

Lets give the nail some background

So I thought I would have a go at some more characters...after the poison ivy and the princess peach I thought I would step it up a gear. Move onto characters a little more in the firing line. I went for Harley Quinn.

For those of you that don't already know....I love my comics. I love the art, the story lines and the personality of the characters. So I have decided while I spread my love of nail art....why not spread my love of the characters too with a little back ground knowledge. 

Lets start with Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn whose name is Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzell who was psychiatric intern that worked at Arkham Asylum. While working at Arkham she become fascinated on one particular inmate....being Joker. Joker seduced Dr Quinn and she fell madly in love with him and helped him escape.  She later became Jokers sidekick. A very complex and twisted love affair they had. There have been different versions of Harley...from the original Jester inspired outfit of red and black. 

 The classic Harley Quinn.

To the more modern Harley that we saw in the game Batman Arkham Asylum. Where Harley is seen in a similar alternate colour style, but this time with purple and red. More for the sex appeal for the audience of the game. 

The nail art I done was inspired by the classic Harley. The red and black. I used gun metal nail varnish as the background. While using red, black, and white acrylic paint for the design and some light blue acrylic for the irises. The things I like about this design is that it is simple but effective. I think the silver background makes the red and black really stand out. 
The things I don't like is that there is a smudge with the mouth. I tried to add some more white to the area to cover this, but the white became thick on the mouth and I decided to quit while I was ahead instead of over working and possibly ruining the character design entirely.   

Ta Da

The curse of the Aquarius.

               The curse of the Aquarius.

Now I can’t obviously vouch for all Aquarians on this planet, but after a little reading and having a look through Aquarius associated quotes….I feel that it may not just be me. Maybe it’s the whole Aquarians race that is doomed by one simple thing…..our mind.

I know my mind doesn’t work in a “normal” manor.  I perceive things in a very different way to others. Sometimes this is a good thing and others it is my own mental hell.

Aquarians don’t have the ability to just nod and agree when we know something is a load of rubbish. I can only do this for a while over certain things. Sometimes I just nod and agree even though I know its rubbish what the other person is saying, it’s simply because I am entertaining myself to see just how far and how much rubbish spills out their mouth. My thought process is simply along the lines of… “Do they think I am falling for this, surely not, there are so many obvious factors that are running against this ridiculous excuse or story, do they believe their own story, and should I just bring them up on it, should I just see how long this spill of rubbish continues?”

After recent contributing factors my brain has gone into over drive with thinking. Thanks to one person. Life would be a breeze if everyone just told it how it is, why does it seem so hard for people to do this?? Apparently it’s better to twist and change things. What’s the point of this, the only reason I can think of is they see it as the easiest option. How you ask….I’m not 100% sure. I think they feel it’s the best option. It’s better to lie to twist things into a way they think its ok. Maybe it’s their way of tricking their own brain into this made up story they have created.

So, to the matter in hand. My brain is in a turmoil, the dreaded "over thinking". Due to my graphic imagination it’s like a court case in my head. With the prosecution and the defendant at logger heads and there I am standing in the middle with my hands over my head wishing to just vanish and disappear from the entire thing.

The trouble I have is I can’t agree with either side. To be honest I don’t want to. I want both sides and I know this can’t happen. There’s the side where all logic is and for some stupid reason I don’t want to listen but still listen. I also listen to the side that seems to convince myself that what actions I take are ok for different reasons.

Oh how simple it would be to have a diagram to follow to make choices. I hate not being in control, of not knowing, of being unsure. I like being the one that has control and understands everything.

I don’t think I will make a concrete deciding factor till I have too. I have the opportunity to be able to flow with both sides. Who knew one person could turn your world so on itself. How can a person that can make me so happy make me so angry the next second?? Maybe it’s not them I’m angry at, maybe it’s me. They do say that we take our feelings for ourselves out on others. In some way that makes sense.

I'm angry for many reasons, angry I didn’t follow my first thought, angry that I convinced myself everything was a certain way when it wasn’t, angry for wanting what you can’t have, angry for not listening to others, angry I don’t voice up like I normally do, but through all this anger I still see the good points.

My friend told me an interesting thing in relation to people…. “Read their words not emotion”.  I wasn’t sure about this. To me most words have emotion behind them; there are very few people that say what they mean. Most ways of communication now days are simply electronic. You create your own version of emotion and put that to the words that people send you. You are forever guessing. Aquarius hell….guessing. I didn’t take them for their word….I was adding the emotion to the words in a way I thought the sender was intending. Obviously I was rubbish at this.

The past 2 months I have put this advice into practice and it was working….noticing the “was”, until recently my brain has decided that I will add emotion back into the situation. It was bliss taking just the words. I knew where I stood, everything was easy to understand…..simple in fact. So why the sudden change?? I blame having too much time on my hands. The mind does crazy things when it’s able to wonder. I have started to care about things that when I sit done and think about I honestly don’t care about. Hence one reason I am writing this. Even if people don’t read this….I'm voicing it. I’m getting it out my head and not creating situations that are not really there. I don’t want an over complicated situation but I also don’t want it to be something that’s easy.

Goddess give me strength to simply brush off certain emotions. I will not fool myself. It will never be anything more….just don’t let it be anything less….let it be what it was…let it be good for all and let it be nothing but amazing memories in the far future. To look back and be grateful for the simplistic but great thing that it is.

 A few Aquarius quotes I found.

Ta Da

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Now lets start the ball rolling......

So why nails.....

I honestly don't really know how to answer that question. I'm not a girly girl, I don't like all things glitter and girly. I don't do fashion or follow trends. I never have and thinking about it now......I don't think i ever will. I have never followed what others do.

So it was rather random the day I thought "Nails are very popular now days....maybe I should try." I brought some bits and started painting and trying new materials and testing different things. Well I soon learnt that even in this I couldn't go along with the norm. Where you see all these nail designs with some glitter, a brush stroke that arcs and then a jewel.....that wasn't enough for me. I found it boring and in the end I stopped painting nails.

Until.....I thought....lets do it my style. To which I thought lets paint what I would like to see on nails...not what I thought was popular or what others would want. Then I took the road of nerdy nails. Painting designs of the things I love and be inspired by the things that made me who I am. 

The comics I love, the characters I grew up with and games that I played for hours. 

I then painted Poison Ivy for Batman....a great love of mine. I was nervous as I knew it wasn't going to be how I saw it in my head.....or up to the high standard I stupidly seem to set myself but I though...stuff it lets give it a go anyway. This is the outcome...

Now I could go ahead and point out all the things wrong with this. I will only do the main one...the face....that face!! I'm no Leonardo da vinci thats for sure. mt main weakness of people are their faces and their hands....always been a problem area. Most of things I am happy with as it was my first ever painting of a person/character so small let alone on a nail. I like the white background and also feel that the black outline works well with this design. 

I thought what next....from comic to game..

Princess Peach from Mario. Now again...face is just an area I am not happy with. The lines of the black are not crisp and well who can doubt that her face doesn't look like it has been hit with a bag full of bricks....but practice and all that shabang that people say to try and make you feel less poopy. 

With both these nails I used acrylic paint. I did on princess peach use a glitter nail varnish to go around her to create a little shine as it was to dull.

I learnt that I need to be crisp with edging. Along with....practice faces!!!

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Ta Da

Monday, 8 September 2014

So whats been going on??

So just what is going on??

Well to start with I am back on the art horse. Creating new ideas and new doodles. 

I have started using Instagram a lot more. Signed myself up to Tumblr....need a lot more practice on that....that's for sure. The last post I done before I stopped blogging was on lets carry on from there first. 

I moved on to create this nail design...

Its a butterfly design. It didn't take me very long as the design isn't really that complex. I again used normal acrylic paints for all the design. It did have purple wings...but once i applied the top coat that effected the colour. I have now marcked all the paints that change coloour when top coat is applied to them. As there is nothing worse than creating a complex design......that when you apply top coat to it ruins the design. Luckily with this design I didn't spend ages for it to just be ruined....pheww!

I didn't have a plan in my head as I done this design....was a paint as you go kind of thing. I started with a blue and purple gradient background. I personally like this idea. Makes the nail more appealing and unique. 

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Ta da

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Where does time fly?????

An idea....who knows it might work out.....but you don't know unless you try.

I haven't blogged in a long time and really there is not a real reason. I just haven't thought to.....but sitting here now with my laptop in front of me I suddenly got the urge to write.

Recently I have done some new drawings. Mainly just doodles and nothing much really.

I just got the urge to draw and I did. I have been out of college now for 3 years. Over that time my enjoyment of drawing has returned. It took me a while, as college sucked the fun out of art. Even to doodle it felt like a chore, not something you wish your hobby to feel like.

Due to taking the time out from drawing I have noticed that my skill has decreased. Something that I could draw off the top of my head I now have to pause and think about.

I have drawn things from a bear design for my friend in relation to a character for his comic he created a while back. It was rough and I didn't know if it would be good enough, but I have been told by him that he really likes it and its what he who could ask for more...right.

I feel that I am going to expand this blog....keep doing it more...add to it. Actually keep it up. Review things, voice my opinion on matters that are at hand, write down the silly ideas I have, post my art and all things related. I don't wish to limit myself on what to in the end this is what blogging is all about right...voicing your thoughts and putting it out there for others to read etc. I will always post about art....but I have many areas of my life that I also that's what I am going to do. So who knows what will be up next :).

I can never really sit and read something that someone rambles on about and I don't honestly think others will do the same. But there is an opportunity for me to do something I want and enjoy myself while doing why not.

Enough talk.....