Sunday, December 29, 2013

December: All the Christmas Nails, or: Rudolph Takes Time

As you can see, I decided to keep Snoopy for a second week. Mainly because he was too darn cute to get rid of, but also partly because I couldn't think of a better design to use on my thumb instead. From left to right, we've got Santa's stomach with belt and white fluffy fringe, a wrapped present, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and holiday sweater design.

Wrapped presents was my husband's idea, the Santa tummy is based on an image search, the sweater was my friend Liz's idea, and Rudolph was all mine. I image searched him and looked for a YouTubetorial (TM!?!), but I didn't find anything I was super satisfied with (some are admittedly way better than mine, but they looked too complex for my abilities), so I just found a good image of him from the movie (of course the claymation version from '70s, why would I use anything else!?!? What am I, a MONSTER??) online and then did my best to emulate it. As you can tell, I mainly used my tiny nail brush for everything, but I did use the dotting tool to shape Rudolph's head and to make this nose. Everything aside from Rudolph probably took about an hour total, but Rudolph alone took at least forty minutes for both. It was a long night, but well worth it, I think! He's pretty cute, and I think I got the eyes right, which is what really makes or break a character like that (same with Snoopy - I got his eyes wrong at first and he looked like a hot mess, but then I fixed them and he looked halfway decent!).

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