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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7749
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2010-05-29 11:30 pm   Permalink

Aw Kiki!
Someday.....
Maybe a cute little baby shrunken head...
or a puppyshrunken head!
Yipes!

Wendy-Glad you like him
and art is essential to life...

Jason-You'll have a chance to see where the landscape wandered to below

MDM-i figured you'd be attracted to the "lower and more baser" elements of the piece..Something for everybody!

Meheadhunter!Right on!
Scroll down and see!
Hope you like!

Tikiville-my pleasure!
Sharing is always better than
mumblimh to oneself....

Brad!
I think your proclivity for intense colors has rubbed off a bit!
They're so fun
and especially in the case of your pieces
they dazzle the eye!
MYSTERIO!
i like Mysterio's Smoke
rendered by both Steve Ditko and John Romita!

Well,Thank you all for the kindness and warmth and entusiasm and cheerleading and wonderful insights you bring to this post!


Not much step-by-step
more like a
one-more-step-and-then-like-magic-it's -done
kind of thing...
Sorry,i twas in thee groove
couldn't stop!

Here's the last in progress shot before the unveiling...


And here it is done..
The foreground started to become overgrown
as the poor lonely head
spent its humid days
and dark nights
in the abandoned village
I wanted to capture some of the dark lushness of the jungle
i even put a few plants inside the hut!

"the Lonely Head"
acrylic and cel vinyl on masonite


Also finished a piece for the "Beyond the Reef" exhibition
which y'all will have a chance to see if you're at Oasis this year
Anyways...
Here's the first step
1)Recieve an incredible wooden crab bowl from Squid
2) Let it sit on a shelf for about a year
3) Call Squid on occasion and apologize for the tardiness
4) Get the call for the "Beyond the Reef: Tiki Magazine Anniversary show
5)DING! the bulb goes off
6) PAint the inside of the bowl blue and stew on it...
sketching a few ideas in the sketchbook
but being too lazy to get a shot of it....

Note the insane Christmas Card of our very own MadDogMike...
What is wrong with him?
7) Finish painting it
and decide to woodburn the outer bowl
do some Maori-inspired studies and decide on some to go with....
9) Woodburn away and enjoy the campfire smell
until a slight headache develops

10) Smile and ponder the next piece

"the Doomed Crew"
acrylic and cel vinyl on woodburned crab bowl from Squid


Anyways....
I really like the Comic-Tragedy Story and feel of this Piece
I could've given it a Happier title/story
but that would ruin the dark humorous sad but comical feeling i wanted..
I mean...they're really gonna get munched
and that poor orongo advisor that
reluctantly decided to accompany them...
Doomed!
Dooooooomed!
Plus the Crab Bowl...
kind of like the lil Maori Monkeys will be Crab food
on the Ocean Floor....
sad...
Maybe a Cautionary Tale to Foolhardy Voyagers...

Also finished a Battle of the Fish painting
but that'll be on my FaceBook
cause it ain'ts Tiki...

Well anywhoooo
Thanks for Visiting!





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Babalu
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Posts: 2507
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-05-31 5:35 pm   Permalink

I really like the found crab bowlie and the Doomed Crew painting on it boss...your getting to be quite the hand with that burner there. YAY LLT!!

 
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TikiDaye
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Joined: Mar 26, 2010
Posts: 148
From: Colorado, USA
Posted: 2010-05-31 7:00 pm   Permalink

Nice...! love where you ended up with the shrunken head...

and the crab bowl is awesome! I've been experimenting a bit with wood burning (the smell CAN get the head aching though)... great maori lines on the wood burning. love how this whole piece ties together.

Monica and I are looking into making it out for Tiki Oasis so maybe we will get to see it in person... (fingers-crossed)

peace, brother...
Jason <><


 
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Meheadhunter
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 383
From: Wichita KS,
Posted: 2010-06-03 5:20 pm   Permalink

OK Tough Guy...
First of all....I love The Lonely Head...message me with info on making this mine!!!
Second...The Doomed Crew is awesome....has a cool vibe to it!!
Third....you make me sick with your fancy talents!!
Have a great day!!!


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7749
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2010-06-06 12:20 pm   Permalink

Hello friends and Ohana!

Got some great step-by-steps a lil lower down a bit...
Decided to take a recent village piece and...
Expand upon it...
But you'll see....


first....
Sai-baba!
Woodburning is a blast!
But like jason mentioned...the headaches can bug!)
I liked the idea of the comic-tragedy
and hoped to capture that...Thanks again for the visit.
I am forever in awe of the creations coming out of your clayboy mansion!

Jason-Yeah... the Lost Head just kind of wandered in and out of different styles..
a dreamlike landscape and a stark more "real" kind of head...
Glad you like it!
Hopefully you and Monica can make it to Oasis and the "Beyond the Reef"
Tiki Magazine show at the Freaky Boutiki!

MeHeadhunter-Sorry about your nausea...I would prefer that my humble efforts
would elicit more positive results like inspiration and motivation and smiles..
Fancy talents,as you call them
are the result of YEARS of doing it
of remaining dedicated
of making sacrifice
of doing research
of reading,learning,and listening to
artists of the past
and peers and friends of the present..
If you want something
you gotta put in the time and earn it...

The Doomed Crew is pretty funny...You should see it in person!
Will PM you in a few days about the Lonely head
but right now i wanna post this step-by-step
then gets my bootio to the studio
y'unnerstand...

Thanks to all y'alls that come by fer a spell...
It's fun and inspiring to hear your thoughts on these
i only gots one brain
and the more quality brains in the soup
the more delicious!


Remember this piece?
"the Mid-Day Hut"
cel vinyl and acrylic on masonite
private collection


Well, i had a great Bamboo Ben frame/wood construction that was leftover from
my "Paint for BooBen's Garage Sale" pile and deserved something special...

Well, i decided to create a WHOLE VILLAGE and give it a bit more atmosphere!
Ah! The joys of developing a theme/concept!

So.... first thing needing to get done
is to gesso the wood

let it dry

and give it a light sanding

and another coat
(this was to fill in any dings and dents on the wood...)

Have a babywipe/wet paper towel/old t-shirt at hand in case any gesso gets on the bamboo


After all that prep-work
just went for it!
sketching the huts out and seeing where it would lead....
Used a water-soluble pencil for the initial sketching
that way you can wipe off lines you don't like...

It helps to refer to some hut photographs
as well as previous successful hut paintings and studies...
but sometimes it's also a good thing to let them soak in
and then put them away
and let your inner-style translate it..

Would've photographed those stages
but the lines wouldn't of showed up in the photo
and a white gessoed piece of wood with a bamboo frame
ain't too exciting...
so we skip that step
and progress to the next...
Light washes of acrylic and cel-vinyl filling in the hut,palms,sky,etc..


the front of the big hut


the front of the meeting house


a lil basic background hut
(to establish this as a village


There had to be a community,common and ceremonial dwelling in this one...
to represent the social structure,kind of...

So concludes DAY ONE a 10-hour jam with an unnecessary painting
whilst neglecting a giant David and Goliath
and a few other commissions and stuff...
Gotta strike when the iron's hot,i guess....



DAY TWO....the 14-hour day!
After getting all that filled in
it was time to start some of the rough shading
to give the structures weight
and to start getting a topography around the village
put it INTO a world,so to speak...


also took some time with
the masks and carvings
and palms


Used the watered-down turquoise to make some shadows in the huts
on the ground/to create a sense of thatching being layered and whatnot


Also used washes of mustard and browns and ochres
to create the depth on the front of this..



and finally....the RAW UMBERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
This is the step where the "blackline" of these pieces is done
as well as washes of said same color to achieve/reinforce the shadows...


Also, you may notice some mountains in the background...
This was starting to have that "Hey ken! You might need to really UUMPH this one.it's got that feel"
so, by creating more distance, the world became bigger,more encompassing
YAY.


Here's some of the front of the meeting house...


a close-up just for YOU!


the ceremonial house...again playing with the transparency/wonky feel of these pieces
almost like dreams are piercing thru into that world
like breaking down the physical and spirit worlds
who knows?


Here's a close-up of the landscape being developed
and part of the porch on the meeting house....


GET OFFA MAH HEAD!


Here's a last and parting detail until next time!
Gotta go! It's almost 12:30 and i need to get to STUDIO!
BAYH NOW!

and thank you again for visiting and leaving notes and simply looking....

BUT WAIT! THERE's MORE!!!
After a good 10 hours today at the studio
Here is some more progress on the thatched roof and vegematation!


and some hours later...


lines/shadow/repeat....


Adding washes of Raw umber thickens up some shadows
Also note some of the progress in the background
very subtle
don't wanna steal emphasis on the huts,mind you...


and another close-up
just to show y'all how,despite the initial roughness
it's coming together to my surprise!


Now... this is IT until next time!
Ciaoloha!


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mp
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Joined: Mar 12, 2009
Posts: 458
From: Nor Cal
Posted: 2010-06-06 2:08 pm   Permalink

I HEART HUTS! YER KILLING ME. LUV IT

 
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BigAndyB
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Joined: May 10, 2010
Posts: 54
From: Liverpool, UK
Posted: 2010-06-06 2:37 pm   Permalink

i love your workkK!!! great huts picture and couldn't agree more, woodburning is the beeznizz! i try and integrate woodburning into most of my projects atm i just have a standard soldering iron, but might upgrade to a pyrography pen with some selection of diff tips. anyway yeah, great stuff, i will have to pop back and keep an eye on what your making

 
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Sophista-tiki
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Joined: Sep 13, 2005
Posts: 1893
From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2010-06-06 6:42 pm   Permalink

neato

 
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Meheadhunter
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
Posts: 383
From: Wichita KS,
Posted: 2010-06-06 7:49 pm   Permalink

Love the worlds you create..
Lookin great!


 
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BigToe
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Joined: Nov 07, 2006
Posts: 757
From: Southern California
Posted: 2010-06-07 08:53 am   Permalink

Looking awesome mr Ruznic! i am totally getting lost in the spacial play of palm forest and huts. It's a depth of field of which Mr Picasso would be proud.
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sleestak
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Joined: Aug 11, 2006
Posts: 525
From: san diego
Posted: 2010-06-07 09:15 am   Permalink

awesome! im lurking in there! c me?

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7749
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2010-06-09 08:49 am   Permalink

empee! Haunted HotRods Bro!
Coming up! Stoked i could stoke a fellow artist broseph!


BigAndyB- a good friend sent me a Colwood burner with a temperature dial
and a bunch of different tips!
If the tip is hot enough,it's like drawing underwater
smooth deliberate,with just a little bit more resistance than paper or canvas!
Have you started a thread on TC to share your creations with the Ohana?
Always a pleasure to see all those creative creations from folks!
Thanks for the visit,glad it could make things interesting for a spell!

Dawn-bandito!
miss you gurl!

Wess! Big 300 posts!
Somedays i feel like Willy Wonka,
creating worlds for all my friends to play in!
Due to copyright and licensing
I will have to change the moniker to
Willy Wanker!

Toe! Picasso would probably spit on these amateurish attempts
but i someday hope to make him smile! In the meantime i have a large Ohana
and Art Brotherhood to egg on the painting production!
Thanks for the goad,Toe-d!


Dave! So you're the guy who's been cleaning out the wet bar!:lol:

Monday Night progress...


Thatching Thatching!


look! Is that sleestak in there?


Tip of the hut to ya!


Close-up to see the thatching and the background vegetation
Reduced the landscape down to their bare bones!


Last night's progress
the finish line is in sight!
Been thinking more and more how this village seems to be on the edge of the land of the Spirits....The title may eventually reflect that!


Ceremonial Hut and Villager's hut starting to formulate and appear!


Walking thru the village...


still a lil bit more lighting here and there...
PALMS!


GET OFFA MAH HEAD!


That's it for now!
Pretty pleased with this so far! Hope y'alls like it!
not bad for less than a week's worth of work!
TONIGHT! AFTER WORK!
The Finish Line!

See y'alls then!
Mahalos for visiting!



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pennjones
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Posts: 66
From: Sarasota, FL
Posted: 2010-06-10 1:52 pm   Permalink

Wow, your work is absolutely stunning!

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2010-06-11 05:34 am   Permalink

Ken, "the Mid-Day hut" really tickles my "There's something super-cool going on here, but I can't describe it" spot.


More Maestro-pieces from the master. Hell yeah.
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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2010-06-11 07:52 am   Permalink

"Note the insane Christmas Card of our very own MadDogMike...
What is wrong with him?"

You will never fully understand BUT - I'm working on an idea for next year's card

Looks great Ken, sooooo much detail. The transparency issues give it a M.C. Escher "impossible construction" vibe, it plays with my little brain.
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