This is what I came up with:
Dark Shadows Nail Art Design by Simply Rins
I came up with one accent nail and used some sponging technique on the others to bring everything together.
Before I go on, I'd like to thank my friend, Pads. We were exchanging text messages the other night and the conversation fell into movies that we were both anticipating to see. He reminded me that Dark Shadows will be shown this week. This actually made me start brainstorming on possible nail art ideas. In the end, I challenged myself to draw the character of Johnny Depp and I was keeping my fingers crossed that I could pull it off.
nail polishes used for this Dark Shadows nail art
I used 3 thin coats of Color Club Paris White as base color for the accent nail. Application can be tricky because of visible streaks. Most of my white polishes are. I am still in the lookout for a good white polish with fabulous formula.
That's Deborah Lippmann Edge of Glory on all my other nails in 2 coats. I felt guilty using it without it's partner polish (read about it here). But I realized I've used up 2 of the black polishes in my stash. I need to get one. Black is one of the colors I really like on my nails.
For the red tint I used on my nail tips, I used OPI Tazmanian Devil Made Me Do It.
I used acrylic paints and a detailing nail art brush to freehand a cartoon version of Barnabas Collins on the accent nail.
I based the cartoon from this photo of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins that I googled:
inspirational photo for the accent nail
And here's a photo nail art tutorial of how I painted Barnabas Collins:
Step 01: Paint your accent nail white and let it completely dry before painting your design.
I first painted the hair. Make sure you have enough space for the face when you do this.
Step 02: Draw the eyes. Make the eyebrows and eyeliner prominent.
Add a small white dot for further detail.
Step 03: To paint the nose, draw a curve line from one of the eyes and
add a tiny line at the bottom.
Step 04: Paint the lips next. Barnabas' lips are edgy and
I exaggerated this a little for this cartoon version.
Step 05: Carefully paint over a red color on the lips, making sure you leave
some of the black paint visible to serve as outline.
Step 06: Don't forget to seal your design with your favorite top coat.
I initially wanted to do a video tutorial but it was hard as I was moving my hands a lot and I couldn't paint the character with my hand just sitting on the table. I hope this photo tutorial is enough for those who might like to try to recreate it. :)
Initially, I wanted to just paint my other nails with black polish. But to make the design more interesting, I decided to tie my other nails to the accent nails by creating gradient look using black, white, and red polishes.
If you don't want an accent nail, I think this gradient look is enough to wear as a Dark Shadows inspired nail design.
I first painted all my other nails with the black polish. I then sponged a bright red on my nail tips and a sponged a little white on top.
I loved the fact that I was reunited with 2 of my favorite colors, red and black. I really like them on my nails. Hence, the many pictures I took of this Dark Shadows inspired nail art. Which reminds me that when I did the Pirates of the Caribbean design, I also used black and red!
I wonder how this would look when matted. I'll try after watching the movie.
If you noticed, I didn't create an accent nail on my right hand. Initially, I wanted to paint a cartoon version of the witch. But I felt I would have a hard time working with my non-dominant hand for that so I just opted to give the entire spotlight to Johnny Depp. I know, excuses!
This nail art will remain on my nails until I watch the movie. Tonight, perhaps? I actually have another nail design to post but I decided to post this first. I liked how it turned out.
What do you think? Did I pull off a cartoon version of Barnabas Collins? Do you think the gradient look tied the other nails together?