Tokyo Nail Expo 2016 Art Tip Awards Part 4- Some NSFW

All right, I’m powering through the last 50 entries of the Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Awards. The theme is Japanese Textures, and we’re seeing lots of geisha/maiko figures, cranes and the dread Flowers No Matter What. There are a lot of flowers in this round, as well as a VERY not safe for work image for entry #94. At least it’s not more flowers!

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#76. A very pretty color combo with abstract art and flowers surrounding a koi pond. The color and detail work is really nice. The shape of the nails on the left and right adds some interest too.

#77. Floral and crane details on a red base. Pretty but not the most original entry we’ve seen.

#78. Flowers. Just flowers. Folks, with Japan’s incredibly rich history of art and culture, could you not have found anything else to choose? So tired of flowers…

#79. See #78.

#80. Doodly figures with flowers and maple leaves. It takes a lot of practice to be able to paint realistic figures, make sure you’ve got it down before you attempt it on nails, or it may look a bit cartoony. I’m not sure if this was supposed to be that way or not.

#81. Goldfish bowl in front of shoji screens. Something a bit different at least!

#82. Maple leaves on a black base with some gray stones. I like the use of color and the stones but the technique needs some polishing.(Hey-Yo!)

#83. Noh figure on a background that’s just a bit too busy for my taste.

#84. Manga style figures with temari balls and…flowers. Still, nice 3 work and it works well together

#85.Dragon and oiran figure, plus the nearly ubiquitous crane. Nice use of color, though.

#86. ? I have no idea, can anyone help out? Kind of looks like a mandala and a molting caterpillar.

#87. 2D flowers. No mas.

#88. Florals and traditional 2D patterns on a red background. Coming up a bit short here…

#89. Abstract mandala, flowers and what kinda looks like a tiny Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

#90. Anime type figure (which is unintentionally terrifying) and marbles and splashes. Also, random tiny hands imploring the viewer to take some marbles.

#91. Crane, geisha, maple leaves. Nice work all around, though.

#92. Flowers, butterflies, knotwork. We’ve seen all these elements but this is good quality work that makes a cohesive whole. I can’t see the individual nails, but I guess they’re in there somewhere.

#93. Red base. Florals. Ukiyoe figures.

#94. NSFW. WOW! While I don’t really want to think about the X-rated textures of Japan, at least there are no tentacles here. Well done work and high points for uniqueness. Not a flower to be found here! Does it make me totally out of it if I’m not sure what those body parts or devices are?

#95. Flowers. Cranes. Maple leaves. More flowers.

#96. Mashup scene with goldfish, woman in kimono, maple leaves.

#97. Flowers. Who’da thunk it?

#98. More cranes n flowers, but this work is extraordinary. Look how fine the details are. I just wish they’d chosen something more original, but I can’t fault that craftmanship.

 

#99. Autumn scene but needs more attention to detail to make it work.

#100. Maiko/geisha n flowers.

Well, at least one entry is really memorable! I think #98 is best in this round. Those circular chrysanthemums are incredibly difficult to do and the outlining is out of this world.

And…the last entries, #101-125.

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#101. I like the bold color palette, but I have serious geisha + goldish fatigue. I do not want to think about the texture of goldfish.

#102. Very nice detail work on Japanese folklore figurines. Here’s a closeup.

 

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#103. Dragon, Mt. Fuji and flowers. The dragon has great detailing. I’m partial to dragons, but this is especially nice work.

#104. Flowers, yes. Goldfish, yes. But a Hokusai woodblock print wave and utterly stunning detail work still make this a wonderful entry.

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#105. Oiran figure and flowers. We’ve seen this theme loads, but the painting and sculpture are very good on this entry.

#106. A wagon wheel and traditional patterns with a nice color palette.

#107. This owl and samurai may be from a story I’m not familiar with. Don’t care, because this painting is fantastic.

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#108. I also have no idea what this is about. Obviously, jewels. Other than that, I don’t know really. BUT LOOK AT THAT PAINTING. Almost photorealistic.  Look at the facets on the jewels. Extraordinary. Probably the best 2D painting in the whole show.

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#109. A really fierce looking dragon with hair like That Guy In The News. Uh..let’s move on!

#110. Red background with florals, maple leaves and a bit of kiriko cut glass. It’s nice but has nothing on the other cut glass entry we saw earlier.

#111. Crane. Flowers. Fan. Umbrella. Nice work but I got fatigue.

#112. Moth n flowers. Step it up, we’ve got some great entries to beat!

#113. New Year’s scene. Not the most original, but nicely sculpted. The bamboo tubes are especially good.

#114. A giant red sea bream. Or maybe catfish?

#115. Dunno the story, but the guy looks like he is about to sneeze. That is all I see when I look at the figures. Nice sculpting work. A-CHOO!

#116. Red. Flowers. Free me from this prison.

#117. Goldfish n flowers.

#118. A cartoony geisha. I got to give them credit for attempting the hand, it’s very difficult. If it’s not perfectly done, it looks weird. Hands are very tricky.

#119. Cranes!

#120. Not sure, some ruby red nails with red jewels. Looks a bit haphazard.

#121. More white birds. I just can’t.

#122. Forgivable flowers, with fantastic detail and some temari balls thrown in for good measure. A theme I can’t stand, but this is well done. Please use your talents for original ideas, people! Challenge yourself to paint something with NO flowers. Try. You can do it!

#123. I don’t know what this is supposed to be, but the middle figure looks like the love child of  my ex co-worker Yuko and Michael Jackson. I’m sorry, Yuko. I shouldn’t out you. I never knew you had an affair with MJ. I won’t tell your husband. Better not let him go to the Nail Expo. Ever.

#124. Flowerrrssss.

#125. Flowers n butterflies, but the amazing palette of colors saves it from getting side eye.

Aaand… I’m spent. I hope everyone enjoyed looking at these entries. What are your picks for the top prizes?

 

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About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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