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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-10-11 1:38 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~

Here's the Magician Tiki Tarot card so far...

Altered the Tiki mug a tad. Working out lighting.

Happy Haole-ween!
B~
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Posted: 2009-10-11 5:35 pm   Permalink

Hey, I got the poster for the X-mas Luau show I'm participating in.

Swanky!
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Posted: 2009-10-12 11:54 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~


Still working out da back ground.
B~
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tikigodz
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Posted: 2009-10-13 07:14 am   Permalink

I just started using paint brush I was strictly airbrush seeing your art is real motivational look forward to seeing more


 
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Posted: 2009-10-13 1:02 pm   Permalink

Happy Haole-Ween Tiki Tribe!
tikigodz~ Thanks, glad I could help inspire you do make some art! Yeah, going strictly brush is a chore! Smoothing out a sky is one of the hardest processes for me right now. Layers and layers of semi-transparent acrylic. Just when you think you got it looking smooth, you step back and it's all funky. But eventually, when it works, I really dig looking close and being able to see these little brush marks and textures. It's cool to see the "process". So, it'll all be worth it.... I hope. Would be lots faster with an air brush, but would it be "art" or "illustration" then? (ERGH! That old question!)
Anyways, here's what I did last night...

smoothing out some more. Dropping in some basic color on the "sword", "wand" and cherry.
Aloha
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-10-15 08:54 am   Permalink

Brad - I'm so glad you didn't use an airbrush!


I have to explain this every time I bitch about that tool: I think art done completely with an airbrush is cool, but airbrush used as a shortcut in hand-brushed art is bad.
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-10-15 09:23 am   Permalink

AIRBRUSH?
WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN AIRBRUSH!



The Magician is magically becoming animated!
Thanks for adding some more Super Talent
to this Tarot show!

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Posted: 2009-10-16 1:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha tki Tribe
Robb and LLT - Well, it's not that air brush is somethiiing I'm like totally aganist, it's just that I'm real lousy with one!

Here's a bit more...Gotta get dis thing done on off to the Freakyboutiki!
Happy Hoale-ween!
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Lake Surfer
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Posted: 2009-10-16 11:29 pm   Permalink

Love the colors and the overall glow to this piece Brad!

You are a master of light and shadow!

Congrats on the show in Berlin, and good luck!
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TikiMango
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Posted: 2009-10-17 05:06 am   Permalink

Your skill in acrylic prestidigitation is definitely no illusion concerning The Magician. Looking great so far!
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Strychnin
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Posted: 2009-10-18 05:56 am   Permalink

Great to see your work in progress pics Brad! Do you mind if I use some the ones of the "X-mas Luau" piece on the Strychnin Gallery blog?

 
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Posted: 2009-10-18 2:10 pm   Permalink

aloha tiki tribe!

Here's last night's work...getting the mug (cup) and sword finished.
Now on to the swizzle stick (wand) and the quarter (pentacle).
Lake Surfer - Thanks! Looking for an extra moody light and shadow thing for his one, to give it more of a Tarot mystical feel. Glad you dig it!
TikiMango - Big Mahalo!
Strychnin - Sure you can use shots of "Mr. Mai Tai" He's sure not done yet, but it'd be fun to have him out there!
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Posted: 2009-10-22 10:37 pm   Permalink

Brad, I love watching the new one come to life. The light reflections on
the mug are insane. Great work man!


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Posted: 2009-10-25 12:21 pm   Permalink

Aloha and Happy Hawaii-Ween Tiki Tribe!
mp~ Thanks! I really went all out on the glossy wet shiny mug-a-fi-cation. Hope I didn't go too far? er....naw! This is my LAST DAY to paint. Tomorrow morning I have my printer up on the north side of the island waiting to scan the painting in, then I rush it to UPS and ship it to the FreakyBoutiki art gallery in San Diego for the big TIKI TAROT HALLOWEEN SHOW!
Gosh, I hope Hodadhank is going to make an actual deck of Tiki Tarot cards! I'll happily supply the professionally scanned image of card Number 1 "The Magician"!
K, here's where we are...

Over view. Almost there...

Here's a detail of the tiki's face. I still have to put all the woody looking texture on him. I love doing this part. All the cracks and distressed wood is fun to build up! What's not so fun, is making the lei look like soft flower petals. That's a bunch o work. But the final effect is always worth it. Then I have to put in the "infinity" symbol above his head.

Here's a detail shot of the bottom.
As we can see according to the Tarot all four suits are here in the Magician card.
Wands - Swizzle Sticks
Cups - Tiki Mugs
Swords - Plastic garnish Swords
Pentacles - Hawaii State Quarter

Wish me luck on getting him all done today. Sunday... My buddies are off to the beach, and I'm staying in my studio and working like a good boy.....

Big Aloha from the Big Island
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Posted: 2009-10-26 12:47 am   Permalink

One coat of varnish later...

Done!

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