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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
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Posted: 2011-12-02 7:17 pm   Permalink

Looking awesome Brad! There's something I love about the building being on the edge of the ocean...lends so much to the surreal-ness!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2011-12-04 8:28 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
zerostreet - Thanks! This one came out a bit more surreal than most, I guess.

"Hawaiian Eye"
24" x 20", Acrylic on canvas

Closer look at the Zombie ...

Closer look at the tiki detective.

Thanks for watching this one come together.
ALOHA!


 
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TikiDaye
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Posted: 2011-12-05 3:58 pm   Permalink

Brad,
Beautiful work... Really dig the lighting effect you produced in this one. Love the way the painting really sets up a story... I could envision many adventures for Hawaiian Eye.

Thanks again for walking us through your creative process. Such an encouragement and inspiration to me...

Peace,
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Posted: 2011-12-05 4:15 pm   Permalink

You Rock Brad!

 
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Posted: 2011-12-06 02:34 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
TikiDaye - Thank you, I'm glad I could share a little of the process with you. Watching the other artists on TC gets my creative juices going, so I'm happy to return the favor. And thanks for noting the lighting. That's what it's all about for me. Dramatic lighting on a tiki... still the base raw driving urge for me to paint TIKI art. I'm sort of painting the imaginary box covers to monster models that never were. I was so taken with Bama's amazing box art on the Universal / Aurora monster models I loved, built, (and later blew up with fire crackers) as a kid, that magical moment is mixed in with my love of modern Tiki Culture.
Chuck Tatum is Tiki - U Rawk!
Here's the next painting... (though I'm gonna work on 3 at once - and bounce back and forth... like the pro's do... (Ken & Big Toe and such)...

While back I did a ink study from a dream I had . It called "Kon Tiki Dream".

I'm playing around with the tiki. I don't want him to be the one in the ink study.

Here is the first rough on the canvas. Still working out the look of the TIKI. That's always a huge step... to get the right "tiki" look... not too cartoony/modern and not an actual historical tiki, but something that's more my own. Cartoon ...sure. But maybe a bit more dignified? It's hard to create that, but a very important part of the painting.. .if the tiki's not "right" than everything else won't work.


 
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Posted: 2011-12-06 03:59 am   Permalink

Love these sketches and studies! This is gonna be another great one!

 
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Posted: 2011-12-08 3:54 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
zerostreet -thanks, this is an image thta has been sitting on the back burner of my brain for a long time. I got it from a dream I had while I was reading "Kon Tiki" by Thor Heyerdahl, - and I really want to get it right.
More sketches to get the tiki right...

It's always a big challenge to create a tiki that "feels" right to me, without reproducing one of Crazy Al's beautiful creations.

Step 2: roughed in his face

Step 3: working out light source... all important! I really want this to be dramatic, and the lighting is a big part of that.

Step 4: I wasn't happy with the tiki, so I worked his face structure into something a little more unique (I hope)

Step 5: roughed in the sea-o-sharks. In the dream, there were all kinds of fish, but he sharks were the most interesting.
It'll be a challenge to get the depth right.
More later...


 
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-12-09 4:36 pm   Permalink

Very cool. That must have been one hell of a dream. Can't wait to see more.

 
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Posted: 2011-12-10 5:03 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
tigertail777 - Yes, it was a very vivid dream, and my mind was filled with the true life saga of the crew on that balsa raft in the book "Kon-Tiki".
I recommend it as good tiki-culture reading!

Step 6: I bought a BIG brush to work out backgrounds faster, and lay in big shapes - (I'm reading a book about artist Steve Rude, and he uses this technique) - roughed out sky tones and filling in the many many shark tones...this storm tossed dream will get darker before it gets lighter (meaning, I always work dark to light!)

ALOHA!


 
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TikiDaye
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Posted: 2011-12-10 7:54 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see you take it dark and then dazzle us with your lighting skills!
Is the overall color scheme going to be more reds? Or do I just have to wait to find out?

Great work, Brad...

Peace,
Jason <><


 
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Posted: 2011-12-10 8:04 pm   Permalink

TikiDaye - thanx! I think a warm sky, with cool blues in the water shark-filled foreground. Sound good?

 
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TikiDaye
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Posted: 2011-12-10 8:16 pm   Permalink

Brad,
Sounds great... Love the life you are giving those sharks already...
I'll stop bugging you so you can get back to painting (go on, I'm anxious to see the next step)... Haha

Peace,
Jason


 
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Posted: 2011-12-15 02:09 am   Permalink

TikiDaye - Thnx! Working out the sharks with some more detailed sketches.

sketches...

few more...

and some more...

more painting to come...
ALOHA!


 
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Posted: 2011-12-15 09:54 am   Permalink

OMG LOOKING KILLER!!!!

LOVING the lava sharks...and what fun to see how you develop the tiki heads.

ur my hero Brad!!
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tigertail777
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Posted: 2011-12-15 11:19 pm   Permalink

I always admire artists that can do detailed pre-sketches. I can't seem to do it myself; I have to only do loose sketches or I will lose what I was going after to begin with. My tight drawings are on the originals themselves. For some reason once I do a tight drawing I can't seem to come even close to replicating it again. I love your pre-sketches of the sharks, this is going to be a very cool painting with a lot of detail.

 
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