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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2010-01-30 12:30 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
TikiG - Thanks, Glad you are diggin it!
Atomic Tiki Punk - Well, the whole vampire vs sunlight thing is a bit convoluted. Upon further research, I discovered that Bram Stoker had Dracula walking around London in broad daylight in the original novel!

I think F. W. Murnau's 1922 silent movie Nosferatu had the Count killed by the rays of the sun. Perhaps that's where we get the whole big idea vampire's can't go out in the sun.

Nosferatu, by the by, is a great film. It's a little frightening to think that Bram Stoker's widow won her case against the film makers for copyright infringement from the Book Dracula, and the German government ordered all copies of the film destroyed! Luckily, some copies were saved, and you can still find this amazing movie.
I believe you can download the whole thing for free from here:
http://www.archive.org/details/Nosferatu_most_complete_version_93_mins.
Okay, Vampire 101 is over for the day. Class dismissed!
Atomic Tiki Punk, I like the new volcanic eruption back ground too, thanks.

Here's some more done on the back ground.

A closer gawk at the giant Tiki.

Aloha!
B~
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-01-30 6:04 pm   Permalink

Your right Brad, Dracula could move about in the daylight, it made him a bit weaker,as they could not shapshift, but was not detrimental
to his health, it has been awhile since I read Bram Stoker.

Then again Sunlight kills the Vampire in F. W. Murnau's "Nosfaratu"
Also in the 1960's with Christopher Lee's Dracula.

Brad the new background looks great though, I would not change a thing.

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Posted: 2010-01-31 2:20 pm   Permalink

Atomic Tiki Punk ~ It's intriguing how we can trace modern day legends through the publication of books, television shows and films. The ancient world had it's lore passed along through verbal tradition. So you'd never know exactly when the story was altered or changed. Presently, I surfed the net a bit and found a site that went through all the films of Dracula and listed which had him destroyed by sun light, which by a wooden steak, which by a Bowie Knife, etc...
I'm not sure if that takes the magic out of it, or makes it more interesting. Think I have to vote for making it better because without the net I wouldn't have access to Tiki Central, our wonderful cyber artist's colony, and our wold wide Tiki Tribe.

Here's the latest bit. Drac's looking a tad plump, so today is about painting his face and getting him to look a little more Bela Lugosi and a little less Lou Costello.

Aloha!
B~
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Posted: 2010-02-01 12:09 pm   Permalink

aloha

mahalo

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Posted: 2010-02-01 12:59 pm   Permalink

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Posted: 2010-02-01 7:28 pm   Permalink

Looking great Brad!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2010-02-02 12:59 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
The HUMP has been passed. (I think)
LLT - You R 2 funny! Thanks! I needed a Kenny boost to help get me past "the hump"!
Atomic Tiki Punk ~ Mahalo tiki brother! Your tireless support has helped me through this one. I'm over the "hump" and now comes the " finishing it".

There's parts to a painting project - that are especially tuff - like staring at a blank canvas, that's the first big hurdle.
Then, getting your sketch transferred while still retaining the drawing's energy and life. That's tough.

Then, there's this middle area, "the hump". This is where you've poured endless hours of work into a canvas and it some how still doesn't look right: it's lifeless. You numbly glare at the half finished painting not knowing whats wrong, or only seeing what's wrong, and nothing seems right.

Or there's a HUGE mistake you did not notice... and GROG, Artasaurus, Robb or Doug suddenly points it out to you (thanks guys) and you have to re-paint a big ol part of the whole friggin thing.
So, in one intense painting session, you gather up all your mental energy and enthusiasm for the piece you can, ...and paint and paint and paint and paint until it starts looking "better" instead of "worse".

Once you've managed that, you're past the hump.

So, after last night, I think I got past "the hump". Yippee! Still have stuff to do, but, I don't cringe when I look at it any more.

Worked on his eyes - very important. got his hands and feet a little better worked out.
Big part coming up is the lei: a Lei of flowers is one of the most complex things to have to paint: all those curving surfaces! However, if you put in the hours, the final result is really worth it. It's always enjoyable to look at a good lei. Ah, a good lei of flowers.
And then the thing that makes the whole image "work" and is "funny": the elaborately embellished tropical drink in a out landish tiki mug - well a "skull" mug for Dracula.
Oh, and then the bizarrely ornate Aloha shirt....oh cheese and crackers, I got a ton of stuff left to paint! Maybe I'm not past the hump!!
URK!

Aloha!
B~
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Iokona Ki'i
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Posted: 2010-02-02 1:19 pm   Permalink

Great job on the adjustments. Love how you do that
to your work. And that you are open to suggestions
from your supporters. Very cool.

Will there be a Frankenstein from Fatu Hiva
and the Mummy from Maui on the horizon?

Nice explanation on getting over the hump. And to think
all this time I tried to get over it by not painting on
Wednesdays!





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Posted: 2010-02-02 7:32 pm   Permalink

Man! These Universal Monsters paintings are insane! I absolutely love them! I really dig a lot of your work but these rascals are so damn great! So witty and charming. Universal monsters and Tiki- 2 of my true loves. Your attention to detail is incredible- really appreciate the step by step viewing of your work- a real treat for me!

 
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Posted: 2010-02-03 09:59 am   Permalink

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Great explanation of the speedbumps and stalls in the creative painter's progress!
Don't forget the spills and cleanup or the "oh dear,i shouldn't of smoked that whole eighth and painted!" scenarios as well...
A lot of peeps think that every moment at the studio is a sit down and paint dealio.... How wrong they are....
You need the mental AND physical AND spiritual/psychic energy
All shooting off at once....
And a CURSE on those phonecalls or door knocks that scatter that
creative blend!
Brad,you have consistently strove forward
and with stellar results.....
Battyboy is superb so far!
Happy HumpDay!

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Posted: 2010-02-03 1:15 pm   Permalink

Iokona Ki'i ~ Frankenstein on Fatu Hiva! Thanks! That's a good one! I was thinking maybe Frankenstein on Fiji, or "the monster" on Maui. (Cause it's Frankenstein's monster not Frankenstein the doctor n' all like dat) but, I like your idea! Fatu Hiva has a Tiki Culture literary connection with Thor Heyerdahl. "The Mummy of Maui" did cross my mind. Yeah I do really try to take in all the help I get from TC. I use any help that makes sense to me. Although, honestly, I think a few times folks came up with great ideas and I was like about 90% done and WAY over working on that particular piece, so I may have moved on without implementing their sage advice. LOVE the velvets by the way!
whiskeyblood ~ BIG THANKS! I knew there was some tiki / horror movie fans like me out there somewhere! Well, I wasn't sure. I did the Were wolf, and that was leading off Tiki Cat. Then, I figured the Were Wolf was a monster so, why not the Kreature... then it's a slippery slope to all the classic monsters. I know I want to finish the four, not sure if Ill keep going or not yet. I have this big canvas for "faster than Disaster" that's waiting.
little lost tiki ~ Oh gosh YEAH! The darned phone! Oh you said it brother!! (ah...am I beginning to talk like Hulk Hogan?) You are so right, it's all gotta' come together in some weird super calm ignore-everything-in-the-real-world right-brain/left-brain Vulcan mind meld. Somedays it's impossible to get there.
You're smart, your art studio is separate from your home. I still sling paint at home... so there's a lot of distractions. First, you have to do all the mundane house stuff. Then, work stuff like office-paper-work and shipping and like all that ...that takes hours. Days!
THEN, when your doing the art, sometimes it takes an hour or so of working just to warm up and get into the groove. Then you can really begin making the art! And of course, there's the dreaded dark time you spend slouched in the corner of the room and glare at the painting in shock while you are thinking "What the heck am I doing? Nobody is going to buy this!" That's the place you must try to never go to... it's certain doom for any artist. (But, I spend about half my time there.)
Basically, I think it helps if you are more crazy and obsessive then you are normal and practical. Oh well, all the fun parts of being an artist!

Here's where I am now... still have not gotten to the Lei.

ALOHA!
B~
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Posted: 2010-02-03 10:19 pm   Permalink

awesome work tiki shark another masterpiece on its way.

 
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Posted: 2010-02-04 01:54 am   Permalink

My work is done here, Brad has become the master, now on to the next masterpiece
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Posted: 2010-02-04 12:11 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
tiki beat by marcus thorn ~ Thanks Marcus! It's starting to get there.
Atomic Tiki Punk ~ Well, thanks, but it's not done yet! I went all kooky in the tropical drink and still never got to the lei.

Oh, I was wandering through he used book store in Kona and found an old copy of "Edgar Allen Poe's Tales of Terror".
It's Roger Corman's directing, Richard Matherson writing, and starring Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, and Vincent Price!

Check out the "Fun Facts" on the back.
"Fun Fact" number 2 is why I bought it.

Music by LES BAXTER. It's awesome. Even some semi-exotica/horror wordless female vocals. Great moody stuff to watch/listen to while I slap paint.

Here's it so far: "Dracula Drinks...A Mai Tai"

"Watch the mug closely now... You are getting thirsty. So Thirsty."

ALOHA!
B~
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Posted: 2010-02-04 12:49 pm   Permalink

The Mug looks great! I didn't think it could get any better!you are the master!
Vincent Price! another idea for your series.
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