Modern Nail Art

Modern Nail Art

Chao everyone,

If you haven’t figured by now, I’m a sucker for mixed media artwork and designs. I recently follow an artist named Katie Rogers; on Instagram, she’s Paperfashion. She’s a fantastic watercolor artist! I was that Instagram maniac that liked every single picture on her page. My favorite is the one where she uses nail polish as her medium (below).

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Tiny Dancer on a Puddle of Pain. Pinned on Pinterest.

It’s so simple and elegant. So….I attempted it. Let tell me ya, this was not simple. First of all, nail polish comes in different viscosity, so depending on how long you’ve had that polish, it might not come out all at once. I basically waited awhile for a decent amount of paint to come out.

Not a good start.

I decided to recreate the Tiny Dancer since I would fail dramatically if I did something else. Well, I failed dramatically anyway.

Has it occurred to anyone that my “painting” looks very similar to that doll head/spider body thing from Toy Story?

The creepy thing that gave me nightmares from Toy Story. Photo from Blogspot.

Not exactly the look I was aiming for. I’m sorry you had to witness that.

Anyway, check out Kate Rodger’s PaperFashion on Instagram! She also has an amazing website that blogs all of her unconventional work. Maybe that will help erase the memory of the creepy doll head.

Until next time,

Nhi

 

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The Polaroid Coincidence

The Polaroid Coincidence

Chao everyone!

Have you guys seen the new Polaroid camera that is on the market?

Ultra-Portable Optical Zoom Wi-Fi Camera. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

I know Polaroid cameras have been around for awhile, but they keep rolling out newer versions that are tinier than before! How much smaller can a picture get? I don’t have one because I rarely develop pictures from my phone/camera anyway. Not only that, a pack of 10 films ranges around $15 – $20. I’ll pass… for now.

At the beginning of 2014, I collaborated with 3 animators to create a commercial for a new concept camera. I was the product designer for that project. Not to be too cocky, but I was really proud of my design! You can see some of my process below.

 

I used this model as a basis for my header, business cards, and letterheads (^_^). A few months later, mid-summer, I found a webpage  on StumbleUpon that shows Polaroid’s latest tech. I was quite devastated (and I might have went on a subtle rampage) that my design was so similar to their own.

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Polaroid 10-Megapixel Instant Print Digital Camera Z2300B with ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology, Black. Photo courtesy of Polaroid.com

 

 

In all honesty, it was just a coincidence. Polaroid released this design back in 2013, and I am in turn grateful that they redesigned from their bulky predecessor. Great minds think alike?! ^_^’ (I wish)

Until next time,

Nhi

Fashion Illustrations using Flower Petals

Fashion Illustrations using Flower Petals

Chao my readers!

A few months ago, my sister sent me an email with a link to a Huffington Post article. She knew I am super into the fashion industry, so she always spams me with pretty neat stories. The story shows a Singaporean fashion design student, Grace Ciao, who creatively uses flower petals to form beautiful illustrations of dresses.

Grace’s illustration named Violet Iris. Photo courtesy of graceciao.com
Sunflower dress design. Photo courtesy of graceciao.com

When I read this, my initial reaction was, “OMG, why didn’t I think of this?!” My mind was blown. The flowers’ vibrant colors made each of her design jump off the page. Grace told BuzzFeed that her inspiration came incidentally; she noticed that a red rose that a boy gave her was dying.

Instagram photo @grace_ciao
Instagram photo @grace_ciao

Her unconventional method has made her noticeable all over the internet, including Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Huffington Post. Just to think, she’s majoring in business! I follow her on Instagram and sometimes, I get lost in her wonderful works. Honestly, it makes me want to start gathering flowers and create flower petal dresses too!.Although, my medium will mostly consist of cacti and a variety of sage. Living in the desert pretty much limits you.

Anyway, I’d imagine it being very difficult preserving the shape and texture of these petals, but it would make a great portfolio piece if she wants to showcase her work to clients or potential schools. What would you use as your medium? Would you use flower petals for other illustrations?

Until next time,

Nhi