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"Nailing" masterpieces


Are you under the impression that nails are a waste? Think again. They can be used as tools to draw fine sketches on drawing sheets. Chandanapalli Gopala Rao, a native of Pinnintiramunaiduvalasa of Parvathipuram mandal in Vizianagaram district, is one such artist who has sketched some fine masterpieces with his nails.

Inspired by his childhood friend, B. Appa Rao, he took to drawing. He considers the reputed nail artist, Palla Parisi Naidu, as his guru.

Parisi Naidu displayed his paintings at an exhibition held at the Sainik School in Korukonda. The keen enthusiasm evinced by the students in viewing the paintings sent the right signals to Gopala Rao. He decided then and there to become a nail artist. He says that the nail can be used as a pencil to draw sketches, as a pen to draw, as a brush to paint and as a chisel to carve figures.

Nail art has a distinct style of its own. It doesn't need paints, brushes, pencil, pen or canvas. The nail artist needs to acquire the technique of move his nails deftly on paper. The thumb and middle fingers can be used in nail art. The nails have to be grown suitably.

The nail art photographed under the special technique - light and shade - are akin to sculptures. They can be framed and displayed at exhibitions, he says.

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