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Feb 11, 2012, 5:58:58 AM
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Valentine Gradient Nails by KatieAlves Valentine Gradient Nails by KatieAlves
So I finally tried to do gradient nails. Man is it ever time consuming! The picture doesn't exactly show it properly, but I thought I would share it with you guys none the less.

I started with a really white-pink colour and then slowly added darker and darker pinks until I hit black. Then I added pink sparkles on top. (Yes, sadly deviant art makes the pink purple. ugh)

Hope everyone had a lovely Valentines Day!
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First of all I want to say that 14th of February means a lot for me because it is one of the most important dates in my life! In this day were born two very important people for me: my kind, comic and lenient father Alexei and my very best friend Valeria! Nevertheless that this date IS important for me I do not consider it like a day of love, day of all lovers and everyone who is in loved. For my conservative, self-critical and exacting nature it would be just “all sugar and honey” to celebrate The Day of Love (with hearts, flowers, candies, couple of a white pigeons all around etc.) In fact I am not a romantic person mostly so the fact that here is a connection between this manicure and The Valentine Day do not touch my feelings at all!

So, let us go straight to the artwork by itself! Nevertheless that I do not prefer to interpret The Valentine Day as a day of love, I know what can symbolize it and I am not sure that the violet color is one of the symbols of this lovely holiday! Pink and red may be significant for this day. As I know, while the first love some people truly can see the pink clouds (only the PINK clouds). And usually this color palette is used to emphasize something nice and sweet: like a first love for example! And red color usually symbolizes more passionate love of adults: it is like the man is asking for the hand of a woman, ready to give her his bloody red heart… Well, of course I may be not very sure about the meanings of pink and red colors, but nevertheless I still do not think that violet color is pretty suitable for The Valentine Day! And one more remark about the color of the nails. You very nicely described what colors did you use for this manicure and how (in what order) did you use them. First was light-pink color, then it was more dark pink and then you finally reached the black color. Well, I think that it is very good that you all by your own created the way to reach the gradient effect on the nails. But from my point of view your manicure looks like it is unfinished, because I believe that in true gradient the watchers would not note that there are three layers of colors used in your manicure, and I just can see all three used layers on some of your nails! The colors should just very slowly flow from one color to another!
I would like to apologize to you at this point because I think that someone would like to say to me that if I am saying that this work wasn’t done right then maybe I should try to do it by myself! Not once I said that I am not an artist, but nevertheless, if person is posting his or her works I think that they should be done right and just impeccably! I am very exacting with anyone and anything, so I as the watcher would like to see not just an attempt to do something but a good and finished artwork nevertheless where this artwork is done (paper, computer or even face and the body of a human or other living thing)!

One more thing I would like to say about the quality of the picture by itself. Of course I understand that in real life all things do not look like we try to depict them on paper or with photo, but nevertheless I think that in spite of the artists’ opinion all the pink sparkles and the manicure by itself are shown very properly. But the fingers, the skin on them and all the lines on them also are shown very naturally, for me even too much naturally! Of course I understand that fingers are pretty skinny like all parts of our body, but the you should work on the quality of the photos at this point, because I would not prefer to spend all the time looking not on the nice manicure but on the skinny fingers! You should pay your attention not only on the main object on the photo because everything is major!

Well, I really think that if the artist is a specialist and a connoisseur in his or her genre of art and is already pretty famous with what she does, the artist should not experiment with other genres nevertheless that make-up and manicure are a little bit near to each other like the arts! I still believe that there would be a lot of people, fans and watchers who would find this artwork as a very attractive masterpiece of manicure! Nevertheless that I was not affected by this work I believe that it is a very talented artist (looking at all her gallery) and we should be glad that in our beloved DA community is some person who prefer to develop herself in all genres of art without dread of other people opinions and if something will not come out as she wanted!

With all my respect.
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sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Student General Artist
how many polished do u need for this?
KatieAlves Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I think I ended up using 5? Light pink, medium pink, darker pink, black and then sparkles.
sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
black nail polish? ... also, is the sparkles nail polish or just... "sparkle dust"?
KatieAlves Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yup everything I used was nail polish!
sayonmi-cha Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student General Artist
vampyrpryncess Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Rhythm86 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing, but yes it does seem time consuming. =P Great result nevertheless!
DaintyNails Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful. You did the best job. Did you use different shades of pink, of did you use more polish as you went further down. Please explain this to me, as gradiet nail always confuse me
KatieAlves Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I used a bunch of shades of pink until I reached to black at the tip! :)
DaintyNails Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Do you move downwards as you go? (sry for all my questions)
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