Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

I'm a liiiittle bit late in posting these, but I had a lot of fun watching the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics this year and cheering on all of the athletes who were competing (especially those from Team Canada, but that's just some national bias showing πŸ˜œπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦). All of the various ice skating events were definitely my favourites to watch, but I caught my fair share of curling, skiiing, and snowboarding as well.

As with all of the Olympic designs I've done in the past, I included the symbols for both the host country and Canada. For South Korea I painted the flag on the thumb - it's actually the second time in under a year that I've painted the Korean flag on my nails, the last time being when I was in Korea this past June! Since I've painted the Canadian Flag in previous years, I decided to switch things up a bit and for my Canada-inspired-nail I chose to recreate the design from the back of the Team Canada jackets!

The other three nails were a bit more difficult to plan. I knew I wanted to include certain elements - the Pyeongchang logo, Soohorang, the Olympic Rings, and "Pyeongchang" - but I had a hard time figuring out what should go where.
I tossed around the idea of putting the rings between "평창" and 2018 and then giving Soohorang a gat (like the ones the athletes were given), but I thought that might be getting too crowded on the index finger.
I also considered using an unofficial Pyeongchang logo that I found online, but in the end I decided I wanted to keep to official event inspiration.
I'm still not 100% happy with the index finger, but that's just how it goes sometimes. 

I feel like Soohorang is definitely the most fun part of this design because 
a) he’s an adorable mascot, and 
b) whenever I see him it makes me think of Suho’s 수호 λž‘, #μˆ˜ν˜Έλž‘ joke on the official Olympics Instagram page πŸ˜‚

The Olympics are an event that really show what’s possible with a lot of practice and dedication, and I like to take the opportunity that they provide to look back at where my own practice in nail art has taken me. I don’t think 16-year-old-me back in 2012 ever thought I’d be able to paint with the level of detail that I do now, but it just goes to show that as cheesy as it sounds, practice really is the key ✨πŸ’…πŸ»

I hope you've all had as much fun watching the Olympics as I had (and watching the closing ceremony with exo's #iconic performance!!), and I hope that seeing those few pictures of the progression I've made over the last 6 years can help reassure anyone starting out in nail art that they have the power to improve their work! ♥

Products Used:
CND - Banana Clips
CND - Clear Top Coat
Essie - Groove is in the Heart
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - Licorice
Essie - Mixtaupe
Essie - Mojito Madness
Face Shop - Diablue
Londontown - Londoner Love
Sally Hansen - White On


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