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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-03-14 1:09 pm   Permalink

OKAY,

I flipped the image and really "saw" where our exotic Tiki Lounge denizen had a wandering eye. A little photoshop later an he's "looKin" better...

Now I know more of what I gotta do to the canvas tonight....

Aloha!
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Flat Black
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Posted: 2008-03-14 1:53 pm   Permalink

It's funny because I hadn't really noticed until you pointed it out.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-03-15 10:34 am   Permalink

Aloha~
Flatblack~ Yeah I can never see the weird stuff I've done wrong on a piece till I flip it , or as in the old pre computer days, look at in a mirror.

So, I think I got him looking at the viewer now.

Have a great weekend!
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Posted: 2008-03-16 10:56 am   Permalink

Aloha~

Here's whats new...

Mahalo~
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2008-03-16 7:10 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad- I'm diggin' ol' Bela there! He's looking great. I had a "lazy eye" problem with the eyes on my Sandy Warner painting.... Since her eyes were really all that was showing of her face, I HAD to get them right or else. I didn't want her looking like Keith Richards...
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Posted: 2008-03-16 9:27 pm   Permalink

SAM~ Thanks for the advise Sam, you are the king of getting a good likeness in your paintings. Yeah, the eyes are tricky. The closer you look at how the eye sits in the socket and lids the trickier it seems to represent in a painting! I'm sort of packing up the painting for a few days, as we have guests staying in the studio/guest room, so it'll be few days before I can get back to "The Zombie!" - Whew! This one is being interrupted a LOT and taking a LONG time to finish!
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blindy the pirate
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Posted: 2008-03-20 7:55 pm   Permalink

I was stumbling around TC and fell into your pages. Just spend the last 3 and a half hours going through all 85 pages. And after all that all I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing more.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-03-28 11:35 am   Permalink

Happy "Aloha Friday" Folks!

Blindy the Pirate ~ Thanks so much!

Getting his shirt one color for now. It's going to have all kinds of images on it, but for now I needed it to be one color so I could think about the rest of the painting.

(Here's what I look like after staying up all night drinking Zombies!) I wanted an "undead" look to Bela, so I went with the green skin tones and dark eye sockets. I'm in mid change of his eyes from the blue to orange yellow.

I took these shots outside this morning. A bit over cast, so they may be slightly blue. Weird air here in Kona lately. The Volcano is very active, and tons of Sulfur Dioxide, and some ash, has been vented. So the VOG has been thick! For about a week we could not see the horizon on the sea because of the hazy conditions. Reminded me of being back in LA.

Mahalo~
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Posted: 2008-03-28 12:29 pm   Permalink

The tones around the eyes have him looking pretty vampiric. (that isn't a real word)

 
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thick
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Posted: 2008-03-29 10:06 pm   Permalink

Wow man! just finished reading this entire thread, your work is super inspiring. Really really cool man. Imagine my dismay however at literally just starting to explore Cthulhu mythos/poly pop connection in my own work, only to discover that you'd already done it! like last year! Would it be uncool if I continued to run with this? I'm not anywhere close to being in the same league. Anyhoo, thanks for walking us thru your amazing work. Oh yeah, went to your web site looking for the "less expensive" prints of the cthulhu mug/robby/brain forbidden island painting & could not find them, all gone?

Thanks again man. . .


 
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Posted: 2008-03-29 10:27 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad- He's looking great... The green skin tones and the dark eyes work perfectly here - drunkenly sinister! He gets better everytime I check this thread!
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Posted: 2008-03-30 10:42 am   Permalink

aloha~
Flatblack ~ Vampric isn't a word? How about Zombiric? I took the darkened eye make up from what Lugosi was wearing in the movie "White Zombie". Well, I may have even made it more extreme. Guess I listened to too much Alice Cooper!
Thick ~ Thanks! Hey, Cthulhu calls to all us weirdly creative types! If you want to put it into you poly-pop art please feel free! Just post it so I can get a look at how cool it is, and get inspired by it myself!
Sam ~ Drunkenly Sinister - I like that! I'm learning a bit more about skin tones and shading on this one. the color on his fingers right now seems like a"Glen Bar" Green to me.

Finally getting some rough work on the mug.

But after looking at the painting thus far. I was going to make the mug a warm green, but it might be better if it was a red orange like the tiki behind him. Pull the warm colors out, and make it pop out of the cool blue background more. Whatcha' think?

Mahalo fer gawking through the VOG at the art.
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Kahu
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Posted: 2008-03-30 12:07 pm   Permalink

I think it is looking stellar! WOW. Gotta say, I love when you and other artists show works in progress. Amazing as always man.

 
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Paipo
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Posted: 2008-03-30 12:40 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2008-03-30 10:42, Tiki Shark Art wrote:

But after looking at the painting thus far. I was going to make the mug a warm green, but it might be better if it was a red orange like the tiki behind him. Pull the warm colors out, and make it pop out of the cool blue background more. Whatcha' think?




How about both? I've always loved the contrast glaze on these vintage Toby mugs:


(from Tiki-Kate's collection)


Bela is looking really nice now Brad - I like the organic way he's developed, and I can see the delays have helped you clarify your vision. I wish I could just change stuff round like that with my carvings!
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Posted: 2008-04-01 08:37 am   Permalink

Hey Brad!
go with the Toby Glaze!
it'll bring it forward and out of the painting!
Bela's face turned out beautious....dash of green in there!!
You just get better and better every piece!!!
Looks like the Finish line is not too far!
during your musings, have you thought of what's next ?


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