Friday, September 27, 2013

31DC2013 Day 27: Inspired by Artwork (KAWS Spongebob)

I struggled a little bit with this prompt today... I swear I almost did Duchamp's "Fountain," which I threatened to do last year. But again, I wanted to do something a little more interesting and a little less related to urinals.

In the end, I arrived at doing a KAWS piece. KAWS is an artist that deals a lot with very recognizable cultural icons, cartoons in particular, and one of his subjects is Spongebob Squarepants. I already like Spongebob is a non-ironic way so I thought it would be fun to recreate him in KAWS's style.

I combined elements from two pieces for my finished manicure. I used the background from this first one...

...and Spongebob's face from this second one.

Unfortunately, my Spongebob's face ended up a little bit longer than the one in the piece, so he is less "on the money," if you will, but after having redone him three times I figured it would work well enough!

The base of the wiggly spiral nails is COVERGIRL Ever Reddy, while the actual wiggly spirals were painted with China Glaze For Audrey.

Spongebob's base color is China Glaze Happy Go Lucky, while his eyes are painted with Zoya Rocky and the Xs painted with OPI...Eurso Euro. The sponge holes are China Glaze Budding Romance. The black I used is American Apparel Hassid and the white is Zoya Purity.

I love the extreme contrast between the two different nail styles here. They look like they don't go together at all, but in a wonderful way.

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  1. excellent nails, I am inviting theses to me I painted with Spongebob:)

  2. Love this so much! The background is awesome too :)

  3. Hi! The Kawsbob photo is actually a photo that I took of our artwork that my husband and I own. The original photo exists here: Hope you can give a proper credit. Thanks.


  4. Yes of course! I'm so sorry about the mixup. I've updated the credit, but if you'd like me to take it down entirely I'd be happy to oblige. Apologies!

  5. No worries! I like to share my photos, as long as proper credit is given. Thanks. Appreciate it!

  6. This is so crazily bold, and you pull it off as usual with your mad skillz!


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