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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
teaKEY
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Posted: 2009-11-08 06:46 am   Permalink

I wonder since there is less background and foreground and the character is also the mug, if an extra piece of fruit could be added to his garish.
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2009-11-08 09:29 am   Permalink

someone needs to kick your old artteacher...
what a tool!
a teacher's job should be to teach AND inspire
and it sounds like he dropped the ball...
The sky is looking better
can we get a close-up
to see how it integrates with the strokes?
Looks great from here,at least...

and that green on the mug is very nice...


DIY costumes Rock!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-11-10 1:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
TeaKEY - Oh yeah MUCH garnish will be on Mr. Mai Tai!! He's way far from even being roughed out, really. We're still on the clouds and possible new layers of background sea mountains and bit of a cartoon version of Waikiki.
LLT - Malaho my friend. Kicking was indeed in order, but perhaps I needed my own behind kicked for being foolish enough to listen to such miss direction. I forgot my philosophy professor's words: "Don't let anyone tell you who you are - figure it out yourself."
But, I did have a lot of good times as a commercial illustrator. Got to work with some amazing folks: rock stars, movie stars, directors. Played with state of the art research and development video game toys. So, who knows if that path was right or not. What's important is I'm here now. And now I'm working on this painting to totally be the best it can be.
The sky is progressing. I took down most of the "spatter" effect on the sky - because it gave the sky too much detail, and brought it forward, when it needs to be more indistinct and recede into the distance. It dawned on me I'm gonna use stippling on the sandy beach, so I can't have it in the sky too.

Started on the clouds...
Big Mahalo from the Big Island!
B~
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-11-10 2:15 pm   Permalink

I'm always inspired with your posts Brad, and comfortable knowing I'm not the only one who may paint and repaint over again until the 'feel' is - I can't exactly say 'right' - but the 'feel' is just what it needs to be, you know?

I'm not embarrassed to admit that I just can't paint inspired...a single vision...from start to finish. That would be amazing considering the odds are against that ever happening for me. And who can resist those random 'yeah' moments when an un-planned mistake results in what may be termed later as a calculated risk?

As always - I say Thanks for your progress posts. They're equivalent to TIPS & TRADE SECRETS that are reserved for a lucky audience - the eyes of a chosen few. Hope I make sense


 
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Swamp Fire
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Posted: 2009-11-10 4:16 pm   Permalink

Looking great Brad. I like the sky treatment with the Hibiscus clouds. I agree with Tiki G, always a joy to see you works in progress. And I also agree with Kinny, your art teacher is a tool.
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2009-11-11 12:23 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
TikiG~ Mahalo for letting me know someone getting something out of this! You are totally welcome! Yes, I hear ya... some artists explain such a cool, calm way that make their art:

Rough sketch. Color Comp. Photo reference. Finished drawing. Then perfect transfer to canvas and just paint.

I've tired that process...but it seems my process wants to be a little more organic and messy. There's so many things I've never painted before, so it's always a new-first-time experiment. Like you said, you can discover some very interesting things by accident! I did. The sky on this one was one big long learning process on how to try to paint the sky in a completely different way. Some things worked, many didn't. But I think it gave me some new ideas.

Swampfire ~ THANKS! Your words keep me gong when things all look wrong and that little voice in the back of my head is saying "What the..?"


Here's some work on the clouds

Sketch with possible mountains, Palm tree, and cartoon Waikiki - thought this would ginve depth. Distance and layers of this cartoon Hawaiiana-world.

Have a good Veteran's Day!
B~
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Posted: 2009-11-12 8:01 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Spectrum 16 just came out...

...and if you happen to check out page 219...

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Posted: 2009-11-13 11:55 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

Mahalo!
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-11-15 08:55 am   Permalink

'60's psychadelia updated! Cool.

 
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Posted: 2009-11-15 11:57 am   Permalink

Robb ~ G r o o v i e baby!

More coming...
Aloha from the big Island!
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Posted: 2009-11-16 11:45 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe,

some stars have appeared... more to come...
Mahalo,
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2009-11-17 3:49 pm   Permalink

Brad - you did a post 'cause you added some stars?

Now that is MILKING it, baby!!
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Posted: 2009-11-20 11:02 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
Robb ~ Well, all you can tell are the stars, but I repainted the clouds and sky like a nut still. Layering in things no one can see with the naked eye. So Yep, I gotta get this done in time to ship to Berlin, so made some big steps last night.

More to come...
B!~
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Tiki Duddy
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Posted: 2009-11-22 07:13 am   Permalink

Brad! havent checked your thread in a little bit- thought i'd say hi!
the light emmiting from behind the flowerclouds and in the stars like that is Grreat!!
so so cool. looking awsome
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Posted: 2009-11-24 12:02 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
TD~ Thanks buddy. Been busy with all kinds o crazy life stuff - like now we are moving. Found a nice place further up the mountain (volcano) with amazing swanky sweeping views of the pacific. I'll get some pics of that to you when we get our living space/swank pad/art studio (meaning hundreds of boxes of junk) moved up to the new digs by next month. So, now that I know where we are going, (whew!) I can concentrate a bit more on making "da' art" again.

Getting caught up on some special hand tinting of a some wood cut prints. (sorry guys, I know I'm way behind on getting this finished up and mailed to you... but it's coming out really nice! Here' a peek.)

So, now I have mere days to finish the painting "Mr. Mai Tai" so he can be Fed Ex-ed to Berlin in time for the big" X-mas Luau" art show at Strychnin Gallery.
www.stychnin.com

Working in the wave. Lots to go on Mr. Mai Tai himself! Er...quick where's the red bull!

Big Mahalo From the Big Island!
Brad
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