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New print - Pele the Benevolent
kctiki
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From: Kansas City
Posted: 2005-04-06 05:26 am   Permalink

Pele the Benevolent is phantasmagorical! I love it.

 
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Jawa
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From: Tampa, FL
Posted: 2005-04-06 05:41 am   Permalink

The first thought that came to mind was "Very Cool!", the second thought was a line from Blazing Saddles (slighty modified), "Won't somebody save those poor tikis?!".



 
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-04-06 5:28 pm   Permalink

Wow. Thanks everybody. Your encouragement keeps me going.

I'm planning to post this print on my site in a week or so, but I'll also be posting it on ebay weekly at a much reduced price to gain exposure. Be sure to check ther first if you are interested.

"Pele the Benevolent" #1/100 is up now.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=20147&item=7313753316&rd=1

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Swamp Fire
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Posted: 2005-04-06 10:44 pm   Permalink

Hey, cool painting raffertitki. I love the fire effect and dig those tiki's. I agree the monkey would be toast. I think he would need a fireproof suit.
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-04-07 4:18 pm   Permalink

Thanks Swamp Fire, I'll save the monkey for another piece. The smell of burning fur is pretty foul anyway.

This turned out to be difficult to make into a print. It needed a lot of tweaking.

How do you deal with the print making process?


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ikitnrev
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From: D.C. / Virginia
Posted: 2005-04-07 5:07 pm   Permalink

I looked and looked, but I still can't determine what the expression of the main tiki in front is (or the others in the background) .....

Is it anguish, realizing that he himself is on fire?
Is it awe that comes with witnessing the power of hot, flowing lava?
Perhaps Joy at seeing the world (which he might have hated) destroyed?
Is he glad to be twisted so he doesn't have to face the source and the brunt force of the destruction?
Or is he trying to twist so he can accept the full fury of destruction face-to-face as a true tiki would?
Or is it simply an inanimate wood carving, with no anthropomorphic sense of feelings or attributes at all?

Don't tell us, Raffertiki - I much prefer the mystique of it all!

Vern


 
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-04-09 05:10 am   Permalink

So be it, Ikitnrev

 
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beachin
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Posted: 2005-04-09 6:14 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-04-06 22:44, Swamp Fire wrote:
Hey, cool painting raffertitki. I love the fire effect and dig those tiki's. I agree the monkey would be toast. I think he would need a fireproof suit.




I agree. I thought a spacesuit might save the monkey...



I have to agree it looks much better without the monkey!

Great work Raffertiki! I play because I LOVE your stuff! When I have the money, the first tiki artwork I am going to begin collecting is yours!
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Raffertiki
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Posted: 2005-04-10 06:04 am   Permalink

Nice! But that monkey suit ain't gonna save that monkey. I give him another second or two.
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finkdaddy
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Posted: 2005-04-10 07:23 am   Permalink

Very, very cool. Can I ask what media your using?

 
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-04-11 10:30 am   Permalink

Quote:
Can I ask what media your using?



For this style I use Adobe Photoshop. That doesn't mean I use photos. I don't. I scan in a hand drawing as a guide, then draw with the mouse. For each piece I use between 60 and 80 layers.

For those not familiar with Photoshop, please don't think the computer does all the work. In many ways this is more difficult than traditional painting, but the pay off is you can do things that you can't do with a paintbrush.
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yumyumkid
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From: Northern FL
Posted: 2005-04-11 10:45 am   Permalink

60-80 LAYERS! I have trouble with 3 layers. Wow!

 
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rodeotiki
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Joined: Jan 21, 2004
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-04-11 10:54 am   Permalink

I dont care how you make them Raff, They kick ass!! I hope that one day my Funds will permit me to get one.
Keep em coming.
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Raffertiki
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-04-14 10:52 am   Permalink

Thanks YY and Rodeo. I have another in progress, about half through, but I have to make a decision soon as to whether it's working or not. I may have to trash it and start fresh. That's going to hurt

 
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beachin
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From: Louisiana (right now)
Posted: 2005-04-18 8:49 pm   Permalink

I never learned how to use photoshop and really do need to learn. I use an antiquated program called MS Image Composer that was distributed with Front Page 98. I learned how to use that when I was building web pages for a living back in the 90's. Since then, I haven't taken the time to learn new computer programs.

The point I was getting to is that from what I know about photoshop, each layer is a work of art in itself, and then you lay one on top of the other like transparencies, right? I'm trying to imagine 80 layers. You have the patience of a saint. I agree that working with computers is cool because there's always edit-undo! However, it's harder, too, because you're driven by the parameters of the computer program.

Your work is always very clever and nicely polished. Kudos on perfecting the medium!
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