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Nailed It: 13 Amazingly Intricate Nail Designs

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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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Barack Obama Taps Kehinde Wiley to Paint His Official Presidential Portrait
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Kehinde Wiley
Kehinde Wiley Studio, Inc., Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

Kehinde Wiley, an American artist known for his grand portraits of African-American subjects, has painted Michael Jackson, Ice-T, and The Notorious B.I.G. in his work. Now the artist will have the honor of adding Barack Obama to that list. According to the Smithsonian, the former president has selected Wiley to paint his official presidential portrait, which will hang in the National Portrait Gallery.

Wiley’s portraits typically depict black people in powerful poses. Sometimes he models his work after classic paintings, as was the case with "Napoleon Leading the Army Over the Alps.” The subjects are often dressed in hip-hop-style clothing and placed against decorative backdrops.

Portrait by Kehinde Wiley
"Le Roi a la Chasse"
Kehinde Wiley, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 3.0

Smithsonian also announced that Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald has been chosen by former first lady Michelle Obama to paint her portrait for the gallery. Like Wiley, Sherald uses her work to challenge stereotypes of African-Americans in art.

“The Portrait Gallery is absolutely delighted that Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have agreed to create the official portraits of our former president and first lady,” Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, said in a press release. “Both have achieved enormous success as artists, but even more, they make art that reflects the power and potential of portraiture in the 21st century.”

The tradition of the president and first lady posing for portraits for the National Portrait Gallery dates back to George H.W. Bush. Both Wiley’s and Sherald’s pieces will be revealed in early 2018 as permanent additions to the gallery in Washington, D.C.

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What the Homes of the Future Will Look Like, According to Kids
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Ask a futurist what the house of tomorrow will feature and she might mention automatic appliances and robot assistants. Ask a kid the same question and you’ll get answers that are slightly more creative, but not altogether impractical. That’s what Made.com discovered when they launched Homes of the Future, a project that had kids draw illustrations of futuristic homes that served as the basis for professional 3D renderings.

According to Co.Design, the UK-based furniture retailer recruited children ages 4 to 12 to submit their architectural ideas. The doodles, sketched in pen, marker, and colored pencil, showcase the grade-schoolers' imaginations. Paired with each picture is concept art made with a 3D illustrator that shows what the homes might look like in the real world.

The designs range from colorful and whimsical to coldly realistic. In one blueprint, drawn by Ameen, age 10, a neighborhood of rainbow buildings and flowers float among the clouds. Another sketch by Ellis, age 7, shows a “home built to last” with titanium, bricks, a steel roof, and bulletproof windows. Some kids seemed less concerned with durability than they were with the tastiness of the infrastructure. Cherry-flavored bricks, candy windows, and a giant jelly slide were just some of the features built into the future homes. Sustainability was also a major theme, with solar panels appearing on two of the houses.

Check out the original artwork and the 3D versions of their ideas below.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future drawn by kid.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

House of the future.

[h/t Co.Design]

All images courtesy of Made.com.

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