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July 18, 2012
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I love when y’all request stuff like this!  Been sitting on this one awhile but today seemed the right one to pull the trigger, so here’s a little tribute to Bill Watterson‘s great Calvin & Hobbes series (which got started in 1985 and ran for ten years).  You just can’t argue with a good comic, and Watterson did it super-right:

Calvin & Hobbes happy

So I started off with a two coat base of Orly Prince Charming —  I know I covered most of it up, but it really is a lovely rich chocolate color, and stood up to brand expectation with application and cover.  With that set, I used seven colors of acrylic paint (I don’t know why it tickles me that it only took seven, but there you have it) to paint in both Calvin and Hobbes on the nails; pinky and ring in their dancing glory, middle and index with some muggin’ faces I’d expect to see if they were riding in the back of a station wagon (remember that as a kid, trying to crack up whoever was stuck behind you during a drive?  Ok, we still do this.)

Calvin and Hobbes Nails

ORLY Prince Charming

Calvin and Hobbes

Calvin & Hobbes nail art

comic nail art

Want more Calvin and Hobbes?  Click here to flip through and revisit old favorites online.

13 Responses

  1. Kejal says:

    This is waaaay awesome!! I love C&H!! my fav!! I am amazed at this skill u have to freehand!!

    • the nerd says:

      Me too! I have most of the books still on my shelf, they’re a great rainy day go-to. And thank you — I seriously worked this one over like a fiend, you can see it more on the pinky and ring, just a mess of patches and corrections… whatever OCD ticks I may have definitely come out when working on this stuff!

  2. eRiN says:

    Calvin and Hobbes forever <3

  3. Phoenixor says:

    Wow! You did an amazing job! I loved reading C&H and now my son does as well. He will love this when he sees it.

    • the nerd says:

      Seriously love that you’re passing the love down to your boy — my dad’s the one that started me off with C&H fix too (in fact a handful of my books are from his shelf).

  4. nail crazy says:

    you’re my hero *.*

  5. Alice Palace says:

    I think this might actually be my fave of ALL of your designs!! I just love Calvin’s mean muggin’ face on your middle finger :D Best cartoon ever.

    • the nerd says:

      Aww thank you! I was seriously trying to figure out how to take it off my nail in one piece so I could keep it (is that weird?) because I didn’t want to deal with making it slowly disappear in nail polish remover. This one’s definitely one of my favorites too. :)

  6. Sosososooooo nice, really well painted as usual, well done!

  7. pauve says:

    …. no tutorial? that would be cool… very nice job :)

    • the nerd says:

      Oh gosh, sadly no… This was hours and hours of me sitting on the couch and futzing with paint, I’m not really sure how to translate that into a 5 minute tutorial! Mostly (and this is sort of the spot I’m in with this site) is that I don’t have enough time to do a lot of video stuff, so have to do what few how-tos I have with photos and graphics. If you block out the shapes in black though and start working in the colors (I usually start with the eyes) you can do a character from any cartoon you see!

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