Summer usually brings with it a slew of comebacks in the kpop world and this year has been no different. A few weeks ago EXO came back with their 4th full album "The War" and a music video for Ko Ko Bop, the title track from the album. Ko Ko Bop is definitely a switch up from the style exo showed last summer with Monster and Lucky One, this time going for a very summery style and a reggae inspired beat. Like the exo-l I am, I obviously had to make a design inspired by my faves' new track that's every bit as summery as their new concept!
The music video for Ko Ko Bop was an adventure to say the least. The mv was released around 4/5am my time so I wasn't awake to watch it right away and I ended up getting a bit of a warning from my friends before I watched it that it was, um, interesting. Even with a bit of a heads up, the floating cars and hamburgers still caught me a bit off guard lol. But as with a lot of things in kpop, after the initial bewilderment I settled into the music video concept and ended up watching it again. And again. And again.
The design for this song actually started taking shape during the first few seconds of my first time watching the music video which honestly very rarely happens. When I saw all of the shots of the exo "candies" I knew that they definitely had to have a place in my design. With the pinky nail design firmly in place I started trying to build a design around it. The thumbnail came pretty easily, just connecting it to the pinky via the rainbow outline, but it was the three middle nails that caused me grief this time around. I had a bunch of individual ideas (ranging from fireworks to palm trees to hamburgers) but none of them really flowed together in a cohesive design. I watched the music video over and over again, recruiting my friend Joanne to help me brainstorm once again but even combined we weren't coming up with anything that met our standards.
When I'm having a creativity block with music videos, one of my tricks is to expand my search to other supporting material like teasers, photobooks, and, in this case, the physical albums themselves. I was browsing google images looking through teaser images for inspiration when I found a picture of the album details with photos of all three versions of the CD. The CD designs managed to capture both the scenery of the music video and all three logos for this comeback which worked perfectly for me!
I was originally planning to paint more palm trees on the middle and ring finger nails like there are on the CDs, but after painting the first one on the middle finger I was like alright, I think that's good enough. I also didn't want to take away from the logos themselves, so I thought that cutting it down to one/two palm trees was a good compromise (with myself lol).
The logos were a bit of a paint to paint since they're all so small, but I think the most difficult one was probably the bird of paradise just because the shading on it was annoying to try to do on that scale.
Before the music video for Ko Ko Bop was released, SM released a bunch of teasers (obviously) and debuted the three new logos for this comeback. I had just gotten back from my stay in Korea and right off the bat SM was testing my creativity. Like I did last summer with Monster/Lucky One, I decided to release my own pre-comeback teaser combining all of the the logos into one:
The logos were a bit easier to paint on my thumb since I had more space, but definitely still a bit of a challenge.
Back to the full Ko Ko Bop design though, I'm pretty happy with how summery it turned out and I think it captured the vibe of the music video pretty well!
I'm sorry it wasn't posted closer to the release date of the music video, but as I mentioned above, it took a bit of time to come up with the design and then once I was halfway through painting Joanne, her sister, and I had a two day long conversation about whether or not the blue logo nails actually fit with the other two nails before deciding that yes, they did, I may process with painting. Such is the creative process.
If you want to try your hand at recreating this design for yourself, you can check out my tutorial for it below. As always please credit me if you're posting pictures of this design and tag your recreations with #looknyanails so that I can see them!
Ciaté - Hopscotch
Ciaté - Knicklebockerglory
Ciaté - La Confidentiale
CND - Apricot in the Act
CND - Aquaslide
CND - Barefoot Bash
CND - Date Night
CND - Hold on Bright
CND - Iris You Would
CND - Navy Brat
CND - Palm Deco
CND - Party Royally
CND - Skinny Jeans
CND - Sugar Cane
Essie - All Access Pass
Essie - Cocktails & Coconuts
Essie - Find Me An Oasis
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - I'm Addicted
Essie - Master Plan
Essie - Mink Muffs
Essie - Mojito Madness
Essie - Ruffles & Feathers
Essie - The More the Merrier
GOSH - Lazy Green
HK Girl - Clear Top Coat
Joe Fresh - Lime Juice
Maybelline - Fierce N Tangy
Sally Hansen - White On
Serendipity Polish - Big Red Bow
The products used section is broken down into what colours were used for what part of the design (i.e. what colours were used for the gradient on the ring finger etc.) in the description of the tutorial on youtube.