Kirsty: Hi, everybody! I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. In this video, I am going to do Dark Crystal nails. And if you don’t know what Dark Crystal is, you’re not as old as me. It’s just been released on Netflix, there is a.
..the original Dark Crystal’s on there. Adam: It is? Kirsty: Yeah. Adam: I’ll avoid Netflix then. Kirsty: Oh, I love it. I love the original because it… Adam: Creepy. Kirsty: No! I just appreciated what it took to do all the puppeteering, is absolutely phenomenal.
Adam: But the puppet is creepy. Kirsty: No, I like them. I like them. I do. Kirsty: I know you don’t like them but I like them. I like the Gelflings. And they’ve done a new version as well, which has got like the episodes.
Slightly different story-line stuff like that but yeah, it’s amazing. And there is the making of the Dark Crystal. Adam: It’s a prequel to it, isn’t it? Kirsty: Yeah. Adam: The series is the prequel to the TV show.
. Kirsty: Yeah! Adam: …to the film. Kirsty: It’s the Dark Crystal something… residence…something like that. I can’t remember what it’s called but yeah, it’s phenomenal. So, it’s inspired me creatively to do a set of nails.
So, we’re going to work on full cover tips. So, you could actually use these as like a press-on but if you were working on somebody, you wanted to recreate this and you wanted to do it on a person, you would sculpt out, you know, a Clear base first and work on top of that.
So, that’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna lay down a background, so working on top of the tips. My background will be black at first, so we’re gonna use Serious Black. So, we’re gonna paint all the nails with seriously black.
Seriously black? Serious Black. And I want to do thin layers because there’s gonna be lots on top and I don’t want to bulk everything out too much. So, you see how I’m really bending the brush so it drags it off, so it’s just a thin coat.
And two thin coats is better than one thick coat. Don’t know if that’s the same with actually wearing coats. Adam: Mmm-hmm! Layers is much better than a big coat. Kirsty: Yeah! Mm-hmm! Adam: And you should always do layers rather than just one big thing.
Kirsty: Mmm! Adam: It isn’t that worse than getting too hot when it’s cold. Kirsty: Yeah. Kirsty: So, second coat of black again. Going nice and thin. I’m gonna use the Cat Eyes products, using Galaxy and Cracked Ice.
So, I’m gonna put some of the Galaxy on here and then we’re gonna use the other colour a little bit further down. They kind of merge together. Where is my tool? There is the tool. Too many magnets. I’m gonna go over with the magnet.
So, cure that. This is gonna give us an interesting background without being too overpowering. I want to sort of change the direction of the Cat Eye effect as well. So, as we go to get this kind of effect.
.. don’t worry about it be really perfect because it is just a background and you’ll see little glimpses of it be popping through. Then we’ll put that blue in the middle on that one. Right! We’re going to do.
..this centre one here, we’re gonna actually put the Dark Crystal on there, which is like a gorgeous purple crystal. So, we’re gonna use that for that. These two will have two main characters on and we will actually put Dark Crystal on there as well, and we’re gonna take inspiration from lots of illustrations and things like that from the Dark Crystal.
Alright! So, on this one and this one, I know that I’ll need to matte topcoat them. So, we’ve got the new Ultra Matte Top Coat. I need them matte, so what I would normally do until we had this gorgeous top coat was, I would have put a top coat on and buffed it, but this will save me the energy.
A matte top coat is a lot easier to paint on top of. We’re gonna matte this one as well. Look how cool that is matte. Adam: That does a very cool matte actually. Kirsty: It is cool effect, that is. Adam: That looks very velvety and like.
.. Kirsty: Yeah. Adam: It’s like brushed. Kirsty: So nice! Adam: Or is it crushed velvet , isn’t it… Kirsty: Crushed velvet. Adam: …where it goes like different colours? Adam: Yeah. Kirsty: Yeah! Kirsty: Mm-hmm! Adam: See, I know me stuff.
Kirsty: So, I wanna show you some of the main characters on my phone. Kirsty: Can you see? It’s better on yours isn’t it? Adam: Mm-hmm! Kirsty: So, this is one of the main characters, she’s a princess.
She is. And this is also one of the main characters as well. So, these are the guys we are gonna paint and we’re also going to do Skeksis. Yes! Adam: You see, that’s alright. It’s the other ones I think that are creepy.
Kirsty: You think they are creepy compared to Skeksis? Adam: Yeah. Kirsty: Are you having a laugh? Adam: Nope! Kirsty: Adam, that is creepy. Adam: Put the other one on. Adam: That there is just creepy.
Kirsty: I like them. Adam: In the film because I haven’t seen the series…in the film, they kind of like, just sort of like bobble along and their expressions don’t change and it just freaks me out. Kirsty: Watch the new one.
Adam: It’s like, you know, the The Polar Express? Kirsty: Mm-hmm! Adam: The characters in that freak me out as well. Kirsty: Well, in the new one, every single thing that you see on camera is made. Kirsty: Everything has been made, yeah.
Adam: Mm-hmm! Kirsty: So, they did do a test-run of using CGI. I think like, would create the character in CGI and put it against the background that’s been made and things like that, and it just looked weird.
And they weren’t happy with it, so they made everything and they added elements of CGI, so their faces have more expression. Adam: Mm-hmm! Kirsty: So, the blinking of the eyes. Adam: Maybe’s that might be better because the others ones didn’t have any expression on their face at all.
Kirsty: Yeah. Kirsty: The puppets themselves skins are textured, they were absolutely phenomenal, the the puppets are, and the guys, the puppeteers, are amazing as well at what they do. Kirsty: So, I think you might like it a little bit better.
Adam: Okay! Kirsty: So, we’re gonna paint her face. I’m gonna do very light lines. And I bet you can’t even pick this one on camera. Adam: I’m gonna try. Kirsty: We’ll see. Kirsty: So, they have a very distinctive facial features.
They have very distinctive facial features. So, they are very sort of flat faced, if that makes any sense. They Gelfings, I think they’re really pretty and Adam thinks are really freaky and I just think they’re gorgeous.
Kirsty: They’re like beautiful creatures. Adam: No! Kirsty: They are beautiful creatures. These are just simple little markings, so I know where the sort of top of the head is, where the chin is, where the neck is.
You know, you can pick that up. It’s all because of obviously the.. you can see it on the overhead there. And then, I’m gonna map this out with some paint. So, we’re gonna get some Titanium white. I’ve got my sponge, my damped sponge.
So, it’s gonna help keep the paint wet. Gonna use some backing paper from a sculpting form as my little palette. A little bit of paint and a lot of water. We’re making a wash. So, you see how it’s all drawing back on itself.
That’s the kind of consistency that you’ll need …with that wash. We’re just going to map out where the face will be. It’s so tempting just to do like a normal face shape as I would normally but it’s not exactly the same as that.
We will slightly adjust it. I’m gonna fill this area with the wash, just so I’ve got some things to work on top of. They’re kind of very short. They’re all look very differently though. They’ve all got a different features but they’ve all got the similar flat-faced.
So, where as a human being, if you looked at where my ear is and where it’s in line with? It’s in line with my eye. Now, with a Gelfing, the top of the ear is actually in line with sort of where the eyebrow would be.
Kirsty: That make sense? Adam: Mm-hmm! Kirsty: And then this area is sort of really shrunk down. So, the distance between the tip of the nose and the eyes is a lot longer than the human face. So, I’m just doing some marking so I can start to map out.
Just gonna make that a little bit shorter, so, I’ve got a brush with a little bit of Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution on and that’ll just wipe away like your little eraser. And then we’ll have a neck coming down and then they have the most amazing outfits, so, we’ll capture that detail as well.
So, we’re gonna mix this flesh colour now. Gonna use some Burnt Sienna. So, that’s added some warmth but we don’t want it too warm because they do have a distinctive skin tone as well. So, let’s add a little bit more white.
Don’t forget, this is a base colour, so you can add shadows and highlights. So, if you did it too dark, it would be hard to add the lowlights to that. I’m gonna take the spatula and we’re gonna scrape the colour off and I wanna pop it on my sponge because I want to keep it wet.
I’m gonna add a little bit of water to it just so it flows nice on the nail. I’ll just start to add the skin tone. We’ll need a couple of coats of that. So, while that’s drying, I’m gonna use the time to map out the other character.
So, we’re gonna go over the top again, to get that colour a little bit more opaque. Let that dry. Gonna do the same with the other character. And it’s always much better to do thin coats than thick coats when it comes to painting.
You get a smoother surface to work on, rather than thinking, well, I’ll just put it on like really thick because it’ll cover and you’d have loads of coverage, but no, much better to do it thin. Now, I’m going to use the magic eyes products.
Adam: You say that again. Kirsty: What? Adam: The magic eyes. Kirsty: Magic eyes. Oh, my God! Kirsty: No, don’t stick to that. I need a bigger table. Adam: No! Kirsty: Yeah! Adam: No because then, everything would be more on it.
Kirsty: I’d have more working space if I had a big table. Kirsty: I’m sure I would. So, let’s… Adam: Right, so! Kirsty: Right, so! Alright, so! Kirsty: It’s better to have a hairdryer handy as well, so you can dry your paints.