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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
TikiFool
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Joined: Apr 09, 2007
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From: Connecticut, U.S.A.
Posted: 2008-04-23 2:24 pm   Permalink

Color me crazy but I really really like your original color scheme.

The black light violet against the aqua green, for me, popped the foreground.

Now it all looks sooooo flat and the background seems like an empty sound stage.

Just one opinion...



 
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Clysdalle
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Joined: Jan 27, 2006
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From: Carlsbad, CA
Posted: 2008-04-23 2:40 pm   Permalink

mono is the way to go....strong line work...bold shapes.....perfect!!


how about a close up of that zombie skull mist!!!! Me digs'em!
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2008-04-23 2:46 pm   Permalink

JUST PRINT ONE-COLOR AND HAND-TINT SOME!
A nice sepia wash will OOMPH it up!
Plus you can do any ol' colorway your want that way....
and you can sell em as "hand-tinted by artist"!


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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2008-04-23 2:54 pm   Permalink

Keep it simple I reckon. It's gonna be a lot of extra work for your print guy to add in colour layers, and we're buying this for your great sense of design and the crisp linework more than anything else! I do like the look of some of those samples you posted, but if you are gonna go the colour route, I suggest maybe doing some bigger screenprinted (maybe too much work for woodcut?) pieces on heavier stock (and charging accordingly!)

I got my prints yesterday and they look amazing as they are - the black ink and the natural looking paper work really well together. I had to make sure my hands were clean as I couldn't stop pulling them out of the envelope to look at them. Finally I have some Tikishark art!
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 2345
From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2008-04-23 4:19 pm   Permalink

Here's another opinion - take it for what it's worth.

I really like your original color scheme, but I do understand that it will be much more work. I also kinda like the monotone in green, but I would like it better if you did what someone else suggested and maybe put some shapes in the background to give it that "foliage" look.

On the other hand, Kinny's idea of hand coloring each one Rocks! Then everyone would be it's own little piece of original art. Kinda like what Munktiki did with their "Rotting Skull" mugs, where each one had different colors, or different features to give each it's own "personality."

p.s. - I second the vote for a close-up of the green mist ghoul!


 
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-04-23 5:42 pm   Permalink

Yeh, Im much preferring the monochrome look. I love how they have very different vibes, just through the use of colour - eg. the blue evokes a feeling of a cool night with light breeze, the kind of night where the clouds move across the sky quickly, revealing patches of stars as they move. The green has a real tropical feel, like a sticky humid jungle in the middle of the day, where it's that enclosed you're just surrounded by green. The sepia one has a cool moody vintage feel. A red/orane print one would have a great volcano vibe.

I think I like the look of the blue one the best. The night vibe works the best, seeing as the main light source is coming from the tikis feet, not from the sun. The small light accents on the guys hat suggest tiny bits of moonlight is also lighting the scene, and this also makes sense given the blue background too (like a landscape under moonlight).

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I would like it better if you did what someone else suggested and maybe put some shapes in the background to give it that "foliage" look.



Yeh, thats a top idea Would also address the issue of the background looking "flat" too.

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p.s. - I second the vote for a close-up of the green mist ghoul!



Yeh, I 3rd that! and how about a size reference in the pic, so we can appreciate the detail?
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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Posted: 2008-04-23 8:36 pm   Permalink

Wow, thanks everyone for the great feed back. It really helps me figure out where to take the wood prints next. While I like everyones suggestions, the monochrome idea made me step back and think why I was attracted to doing the wood cuts in the first place. It was because they are so beautifully retro. So non computer enhanced. So, less is more. Making a Wood cut into a full color print then pushes it into the modern realm, and heck, I'm already doing full color giclees with full color. I'd rather they remain something unique and unusual and ...er...wood cutty. Anyways, I'm still waiting to hear back from Earl on his thoughts - since he's going to to be doing the carving. We'll confer and see whats what. But again, thanks everyone!

As requested, here's the close up of the zip fizz zombie raising outa the drink.

This is what happens when you pour a zip fizz into rum.

and, yes, I went crazy and totally repainted the umbrella. Now it's more "Shag-a-dellic"!

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TiKiMaN77
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Joined: Nov 30, 2004
Posts: 179
From: Downey, CA
Posted: 2008-04-23 8:54 pm   Permalink

Brad. Your work just continues to inspire me man. Not to mention I have to constantly pick my jaw up from the floor and wind my tongue back into my head. I would KILL to have a print of this Latest painting. Friends seem to be in disbelief when I show them my detailed work, but then I mention they should see yours.

Actually, I was wondering if you might be able to help me figure out a layout for a piece of mine I've had to put off because I can't think of how I want to do it just yet.


 
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frostiki
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Joined: Aug 14, 2006
Posts: 435
From: Mobile, AL
Posted: 2008-04-24 06:43 am   Permalink

Brad,

Is there evil czech absinthe in that drink? Is that is what is making the green phantom zombie come out of the drink. I like the new umbrella, better detail in it and the color plays better that the green one did.
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-04-25 10:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha~
TiKiMaN77~ Thanks so much! I PMed u. PM me back about the layout art thing if you want.
Frostiki~evil czech absinthe? Yummy! Hey, yeah, the green fairy, and the green zombie! Wonder if you could make a Zombie with worm wood? Have not tried Czech, but I tried "evil L A absinthe" at a vampire bar in Hollywood back in the 90's. It was very interesting.
Here's da latest.

"Pig Rider"
9" x 12" ink and acrylic on paper

Mahalo~
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2008-04-25 10:20 pm   Permalink

Love the dark vibe and the sense of movement
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JenTiki
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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
Posts: 2345
From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2008-04-25 10:55 pm   Permalink

Whoa, Brad! This guy is totally claiming a copyright on your art! Since his profile says he's a web developer in Greece, I'm guessing he's not you. His profile says his mood is "lazy" which I guess is correct since he's apparently too lazy to create his own art.

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hewey
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Posted: 2008-04-25 11:59 pm   Permalink

The **** has even put a 'copyright' on it... Pity I cant see an email addy, I would dearly like to send him an email...
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-04-26 3:26 pm   Permalink

PIG RIDER is awesome!
Love the sketchy vibe of the jungle and lighting
and the almost Asian style of the flames and boar!
good stuff!
i see a narrative developing....
and the drink and smokey skeleton misty
rad....
And please keep the zipfizz away from the rum!
Sic the ZIPFIZZ ZOMBIE on that art hack...

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2008-04-27 12:10 pm   Permalink

Aloha
Hewey~ Glad you like the Pig Rider. It was really fun to do. Almost drew it self. Copyright doesn't mean much on the internet I guess.
Jentiki~Yeah, someone on my-space found that guy in Greese. I can't tell from the web site if he's claiming it as his art, or just posting it as cool art. Anyways, no way to contact him with out becoming a member of that service. So, that painting seems to be the one that's the most ripped off so far. Guess I should take the hint and figure out a way to make prints of it.
LLT~ Yes, I was thinking of you when I did the Pig Rider, cause it was much looser than my regular style -and I kept thinking, this is very "Ruzic"! Hey, I saw that cool photo of you and me, and everyone else, in Tiki Magazine! Fun stuff!

Roughed in the aloha shirt. Now to decide what colors to use.

Mahalo~
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