Saturday, January 26, 2019


Originally posted on November 4.

I can't believe... that SM made us wait like a year and a half for EXO's comeback. Granted, it was a very good comeback and therefore worth the wait but still.
Regardless, the DMUMT was fire and I had a pretty easy time working the Tempo music video into a design (I think, it's been a few months so I could just be glossing over the design process in my memory). Love it when I can keep a consistent colour scheme for the entire design!

Maybe I am glossing over the design process a bit since I only used two actual scenes from the MV in the design and one of them is Kai's motorcycle glove that we see for like 0.2 seconds at the beginning of the video.

What I do remember accurately is that I spent a good 2+ hours working on the speedometer logo on the thumb nail. I swear SM's concept people want me to go grey with all these intricate little logos.

The concept for this design mostly centered around the Tempo logo on the thumb. I knew I wanted to use that, though I had a few different colour options since SM released a few different versions of it. The red/white version was comparatively the easiest for me to paint though, so I looked for other black/red/white elements in the promo material and music video to fit with it.

The red cube was an obvious choice since it pre-dated the speedometer logo and seems to have some kind of significance in EXO's overarching backstory. I think the "EXO" logo text was added in for consistency, and the other two nails were just elements in the music video that I found interesting.

Now writing this post a few months after painting this design, I've seen the flower-wall thing done a few other times (like in Apink's %% music video) and have latched onto it for other designs as well. 

As for the motorcycle glove... I think I just thought it looked cool and fit nicely with the feel of the music video and design, even though I don't think it held much significance.

I think I mentioned this in my post about my NAMANANA nails, but when the teasers for Tempo were being released I was a little nervous that this design would end up being too similar to my set for Lay. The NAMANANA music video used a lot of desert motifs and I was worried that Tempo would also follow the desert/motorcycle aesthetic from the teasers. While that definitely would have been A Look for the music video, I was kind of happy (at least design-wise) that they ended up going for a bit of a darker aesthetic.

You can find the tutorial for this design on my youtube channel below! If you decide to recreate this design for yourself, please remember to tag your pics with #looknyanails so I can see all of your pretty recreations!


Products Used:
Ciaté - Dangerous Affair
CND - I Blanked Out
CND - Red-y to Roll
CND - Vinylux Topcoat
Essie - Ballet Slippers
Essie - Dress to Kilt
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - Licorice
Essie - No Place Like Chrome
Londontown - Londoner Love
1.5mm Round Silver Studs [x]


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