Taylor Swift by Michelle Gibson, Hamilton, Mont.
Selena Quintanilla by Sonia “G” Molina, San Francisco
2nd place: Nicki Minaj by Karalee Chabot, Hudson, N.H.
4th place: Nicki Minaj by Alice Crammer, Trenton, N.J.
Honorable mention: Bob Marley by Liza Waitzman, Spring Valley, Calif.
Honorable mention: Audrey Hepburn by Liza Waitzman, Spring Valley, Calif.
Kevin Hart by Karalee Chabot, Hudson, N.H.
Honorable mention: Johnny Depp by Samantha Surmeier, Shiloh, Ill.
Miley Cyrus by Alice Crammer, Trenton, N.J.
3rd place: Charlie Chaplin by Christy Slavinsky, New Port Richey, Fla.
Face it. Faces are hard to draw. Especially teeny-tiny drawings of well-known faces. Given the degree of difficulty involved, we are simply blown away by the talent on display in the winning entries to our first Celebrity Face Off competition.
Congrats to all the winners and a big thank you to everyone who entered!
Meet the Winner
Nail tech Sonia “G” Molina submitted three fabulous entries to this year’s contest. “Frida Kahlo [the winning portrait], Selena, and Juana Alicia Araiza are women who have inspired me all my life,” she says. “Not only have they inspired me to continue with my art, but from these strong Latina women, I’ve learned to take all my life experiences — good, bad, and ugly — and use them as fuel for my work.”
Molina has been into art since she was a child. “Growing up in San Francisco, I was greatly inspired by everything around me — from the dirty graffiti to the murals in the Mission to the fine art at SFMOMA. I have also studied art/murals under Juana Alicia Araiza at Berkeley City College.
A licensed tech for five years, Molina’s business is called G’s Nails n’ Creations. Working mainly out of TopCoat Nail Studio in San Francisco, her focus is primarily on custom nail art.
Cool tip: When doing mini portraits, it helps to create a white background with acrylic paint, let it dry completely, then sketch out your design with a pencil. When the paint is dry, you can draw and erase on the nail just like you would on a piece of paper.
Check out G’s work at www.topcoat.me/artist/g.