I find that when manicures get too 'picturey' it loses its identity. The aim of a manicure can get lost when we see intricate portraits done on nails instead of canvas. Above all the manicure should enhance the hands and show off the nails.
I spent literally 2 days copying Disney cartoons for this manicure and it just wasn't working.
I have short nails anyway, so not much room to capture expression and movement, which is what cartoons require. I went back to basics, and concentrated on the manicure part rather than the nailart part and am pretty pleased with the final version, which actually took around 2 minutes to sketch.
It had to be black and white, of course, and I think it looks like a pretty damask or jacquard, but is actually Cruella De Vil.
A pretty perfect villain and mistress of Mayhem.
The animation fiddled with her original character a little, I much prefer the complex, ink drinking fashionista of the novel by Dodie Smith.
I think above all, she was just a working woman, suffering from burn out in a very demanding industry.
Cruella De Vil