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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-03-09 7:52 pm   Permalink

BOY-YOING-YOING!
My eyes just popped out at how great this one ended up!
i like her dark face and those eyes!
Always love trippin on the vegetation and fire/smoke tendrils...
these are so great,Brad!
Hats off to you!
You gotta do a Hawaiian print woven like that!
KUDOZ!
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Limey
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Posted: 2008-03-10 12:12 am   Permalink

Wicked to see the process is action Brad. Power to you working the idea from all the angles. Totally luv it.
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Posted: 2008-03-10 3:17 pm   Permalink

Utterly brilliant. I love your paintings, but these ones really strike a special chord with me. It takes me back to my teenage comic fanboy days when I would gaze in wonder at the works of Wrightson, Bolland, Eisner etc. (to name just a few). I have always preferred drawing to painting in many ways - there's just something about black ink on paper (no colour!) that is direct and honest and allows the artist's style to stand on its own.
I'm also totally digging the noir feel blended with the tiki vibe. 13 prints eh? 13 chapters to the story...I can't wait to see what happens next!
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Posted: 2008-03-11 12:16 am   Permalink

Wow these nior prints are flying out. Great job on the tension in this piece, you can almost hear the gumshoe voice over...
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Posted: 2008-03-11 07:53 am   Permalink

It's really cool to see your thought process on this.

It's another great piece. I love the wood medium too, it's like nothing I've seen out here.


 
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Posted: 2008-03-11 08:37 am   Permalink

Beautious.

 
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Posted: 2008-03-11 11:16 am   Permalink

Excellent design! Again, I don't feel that these sorts of designs are all that easy to execute like you have....
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Posted: 2008-03-11 11:52 am   Permalink

Aloha!
Thanks everyone for the warm and squishy feed back on the print series so far. It helps me rev up to do some tiki art even after a long day of regular work.
LLT~ Yes, her eyes - I just had to make 'em glow. I showed the piece to my Hawaiian buddy, Sam, and he said it hit on a lot of things that are very "Hawaiian", probably a lot more than I knew. That's was a big complement. And I made a really wacky "Tiki" print aloha shirt on the guy. I wanted something playful of off set the woman's smoldering gaze. (And I wanted a shirt that I'd like to wear!)
Limey ~ I always like seeing other artist's rough sketches. It inspires me to see the creative process being worked out. So, when do we get to see some of the sketches that went into making your fantastic tiki masterpieces?! (hint hint, nudge nudge!)
Paipo ~ Oh yeah, Wrightson is king! reading his "Swamp Thing" comics really lured me into Ink work in the first place!
tikiracer ~ Tiki Noir! I dig it! You know, I have been listening to a lot of "Old Time Radio" shows off the net. That and all that Martin Denny. I guess it's saturating my brain and oozing into my art!
Flatblack ~ Big Thanks! Glad you're digging it!
GROG! Thanks Buddy! Hey I heard your up coming cover of Tiki Magazine is Killer! Can't wait to see it!

So, I squeezed in a few hours on the painting again.

Like the grass?

Now don't get excited and go thinking I'm painting Bela to be a different race than he was in the movie "White Zombie". I just normally start with the dark colors and work my way up to the lightest highlights. I wanted to give him an "island" tan, but he's got lots of lighter tones for me still to work through on his face.

Mahalo for looking!
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frostiki
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Posted: 2008-03-12 07:30 am   Permalink

Brad, wow great prints love the graphic novel wood block think you have going almost as much as I love your paintings. I can't wait to see more. Keep them coming, I can't wait to see more.
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Posted: 2008-03-12 10:43 am   Permalink

Aloha!
Thanks Frostiki! More's a coming!

Here's last nights progress on the painting. It certainly looks like the most "Exotica" version of Bela Lugosi I've ever seen. Sort of Bela Lugosi as if he were Latin/Hawaiian/Middle Eastern/Island-ish! Well, all I can say is, it's far from done, so we'll see what it looks like when it's finished.
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Posted: 2008-03-12 1:55 pm   Permalink

Hey Hey,
I got my part of the prints back! All signed and finished! (mmm, love that antique printing press smell!) Really came out cool.

So there's my signature (and numbering and dating) in the lower left, and Earl's (the carver/printer) signature in the lower right.

We were going for a run of 180, but only got to 178 when the wooden block gave out under the pressure from the press. I'll get them up in the market place later on today, I hope. Just wanted to show 'em off!

Aloha!
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Posted: 2008-03-12 2:21 pm   Permalink

final piece is perfect, the stock is great, looking like it's just be found in an attic.
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Limey
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Posted: 2008-03-13 1:40 pm   Permalink

The prints look ace TS, nice work!. As to posting my working sketches, don't hold your breath, to be honest they're pretty unimpressive really. Thumbnail, 1st draught, 2nd draught all in pencil and presto straight to the canvas. There is something satisfying about the not knowing what will come out, and letting the story unfold on the canvas or linen or maybe I just get excited and run for the paints. checkya.
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Posted: 2008-03-13 4:31 pm   Permalink

Tikiracer - Thanks! A Tiki Noir Priont is headed your way in the nest few days...
Limey ~ Not big on sketches huh? Wow, a very organic process, letting it develop on the canvas!

speaking of developing on the canvas...

Here's last nights work.

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Posted: 2008-03-14 10:24 am   Permalink

Aloha!

Here's what I did last night.

I know that Limey's account of how he paints has effected how I'm approaching this.

Have a great ALOHA FRIDAY!


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