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Nailed It: 13 Amazingly Intricate Nail Designs

DeviantArt user LolaBevahousen
DeviantArt user LolaBevahousen

Artistic nails might not always be functional, especially those involving 3D or odd nail shapes, but they’re certainly a skill that takes years to master. Those who specialize in this particular artistry point out that really elaborate nails aren’t intended for daily use, but instead are just a means to show off a person’s creativity and talents. It’s hard to deny that these nail designs require plenty of both.

1. She's Got The Whole World On Her Hands

DeviantArt user LolaBevahousen entered the “worldly” set of nails pictured above in a Facebook nail contest with a “world cultures” theme. Amazingly, she only came in tenth. It makes you wonder just how amazing the other winner’s creations were.

2. Super Mario Hands

If you’re going to take on a classic game like Super Mario 3, you might as well go big. Janet Riffe certainly did an excellent job putting these together.

3. Here Comes Santa Claws

Janet also did a magnificent job of “making spirits bright” with these impressive Christmas nails complete with Santa, Rudolph, candy canes, Christmas lights and more! Looking for something a little more summery? Try these tropical nails on for size.

4. Hungry For Style

Got a soft spot for junk food? Then call up Janet Riffe and ask her to paint your favorite foods on your hands like she did in this great series. Do you think Cheetos dust tastes even better when licked from a Cheetos nail? If you prefer candy to salty snacks, don’t worry, she has you covered there too.

5. Feeling Koi?

If you enjoy classic Japanese artwork, then you’ll love DeviantArt user MadamLuck’s fantastic koi nails that actually fit together in one larger design.

6. Up, Up, and Awesome

MadamLuck is also quite gifted when it comes to painting faces on nails. Just look at her delightful take on the movie Up!

7. Breaking So Good

When it comes to geeky and intricate nails, no name is more respected or better known than artist Kayleigh O’Connor. From My Little Ponies to Mars Attacks! and from Batman to The Hobbit, Kayleigh has made fantastic, detailed nails representing a variety of pop culture references. Any nerd girl looking around her Tumblr or DeviantArt is guaranteed to find something she likes. Her Breaking Bad nails are her most popular design and feature both the show’s logo and Walter’s famous “Blue Sky” meth.

8. Monster Nails

If you’re looking for truly impressive levels of detail, Kayleigh’s Monster Inc. nails are sure to wow, as they feature not only 3D accents, an incredible paint job and fun accessories like googly eyes, but even a strikingly unique fur material—which might just be a first in nail art.

9. Edward Scissorfingers

Kayleigh also experiments with the shape of her nails, creating such drastic shapes as Edward Scissorhands’ famous hair and the scissored hands that give him his name.

10. Fluttershy Makes Hearts Flutter

Fluttershy was given the full 3D nail treatment by Kayleigh, complete with her butterfly “cutie mark.”

11. Frankennailee

Nail art doesn’t need to be impractical. These adorable Frankenweenie designs by Nails By Coewless are quite detailed, but they won’t get in your way when you try to go about your everyday life. For those interested, Coewless also has some other impressive designs on her Flickr stream that were inspired by Alice in Wonderland, My Neighbor Totoro, Dexter, and other great shows and movies.

12. Floral Fingers

If you’re wondering how DeviantArt user henzy89 built up such a massive 3D bouquet on her thumb nail, the secret is the same that sculptors throughout the ages have relied on—clay.

13. How Sweet

Looking for some particularly sweet nails? Then head to This Is Venice to check out more from Lili guyen, the creator of this set that is filled with ice cream and hearts.

As a bit of a tomboy, I’ve never been able to keep paint on my fingernails for more than a few days, so I don’t bother painting them at all –let alone in elaborate designs like these. Have any of you ladies ever gone all out with an intricate manicure like those you’ve seen here?

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The Getty Center, Surrounded By Wildfires, Will Leave Its Art Where It Is
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The wildfires sweeping through California have left countless homeowners and businesses scrambling as the blazes continue to grow out of control in various locations throughout the state. While art lovers worried when they heard that Los Angeles's Getty Center would be closing its doors this week, as the fires closed part of the 405 Freeway, there was a bit of good news. According to museum officials, the priceless works housed inside the famed Getty Center are said to be perfectly secure and won't need to be evacuated from the facility.

“The safest place for the art is right here at the Getty,” Ron Hartwig, the Getty’s vice president of communications, told the Los Angeles Times. According to its website, the museum was closed on December 5 and December 6 “to protect the collections from smoke from fires in the region,” but as of now, the art inside is staying put.

Though every museum has its own way of protecting the priceless works inside it, the Los Angeles Times notes that the Getty Center was constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the very kind of emergency it's currently facing. The air throughout the gallery is filtered by a system that forces it out, rather than a filtration method which would bring air in. This system will keep the smoke and air pollutants from getting into the facility, and by closing the museum this week, the Getty is preventing the harmful air from entering the building through any open doors.

There is also a water tank at the facility that holds 1 million gallons in reserve for just such an occasion, and any brush on the property is routinely cleared away to prevent the likelihood of a fire spreading. The Getty Villa, a separate campus located in the Pacific Palisades off the Pacific Coast Highway, was also closed out of concern for air quality this week.

The museum is currently working with the police and fire departments in the area to determine the need for future closures and the evacuation of any personnel. So far, the fires have claimed more than 83,000 acres of land, leading to the evacuation of thousands of people and the temporary closure of I-405, which runs right alongside the Getty near Los Angeles’s Bel-Air neighborhood.

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This 77-Year-Old Artist Saves Money on Art Supplies by 'Painting' in Microsoft Excel
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It takes a lot of creativity to turn a blank canvas into an inspired work of art. Japanese artist Tatsuo Horiuchi makes his pictures out of something that’s even more dull than a white page: an empty spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.

When he retired, the 77-year-old Horiuchi, whose work was recently spotlighted by Great Big Story, decided he wanted to get into art. At the time, he was hesitant to spend money on painting supplies or even computer software, though, so he began experimenting with one of the programs that was already at his disposal.

Horiuchi's unique “painting” method shows that in the right hands, Excel’s graph-building features can be used to bring colorful landscapes to life. The tranquil ponds, dense forests, and blossoming flowers in his art are made by drawing shapes with the software's line tool, then adding shading with the bucket tool.

Since picking up the hobby in the 2000s, Horiuchi has been awarded multiple prizes for his creative work with Excel. Let that be inspiration for Microsoft loyalists who are still broken up about the death of Paint.

You can get a behind-the-scenes look at the artist's process in the video below.

[h/t Great Big Story]

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