Donatello...Leonardo...Michelangelo...Raphael. To some, they are the greatest Renaissance Italian artists of all time. But to comic book fans in the 80s, they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Originally created as a one-off goof on popular comics of the early 1980s, they became one of the most successful series of all time, expanding from the original comics to animated series, video games, films, toys, and a shell-load of turtle merchandise.
My favorite TMNT was always Donatello. Not only does he wear my favorite color (purple) but he's the smartest of the turtles and the least likely to solve problems with violence. He always seemed to be the one who embodied the teachings of Sensei Splinter (a mutated Japanese rat who is the Turtles' teacher and adoptive father...yes, really...) who taught them the ways of ninjutsu.
To create this Ninja Turtle design, I started with a base of Sally Hanson Lickety-Split Lime for the Turtles' heads and Pure Ice Shore Bet for the shell. The mask ties were painted with bmc Sky Blue, China Glaze Spontaneous, bmc Orange Peel, and Wet n' Wild I Red a Good Book. For the shell pattern, I sponged a combination of bmc Lucky Green, Revlon Entice, and Lickety-Split Lime over a Yi Kou nail vinyl from Born Pretty.
Who's your favorite of the "heroes in a half shell"? To see more nail challenge designs, look for the #31DC2016 tag, or browse through the In-Linkz posts below. Turtle Power!