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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-07-25 02:31 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Is it "Pop-Surrealism" or Pulp-Surrealism"?
Thnx tigertail777!!! Yeah... guess my inner art-muse has some things still to say about "pulp" and "Tiki".

Working title "Mystery Woman"
I got a handful of elements I like. The looming masked She-Bat character. The classic car. The zombie holding the tropical drink. The swanky Tiki Bar. Sunset with palm tree. Noir Honolulu. Giant moon ... now how to tie them all together to make a visual story. Color of course will be big. I got to work out light sources. Maybe flying bats flitting from one element to another? A ring of skulls or thugs or Tiki-phantoms lurking in the city shadows? mmmm.... first get to basics and map out the big shapes and make sure the comp really flows OK.
This is a special project I'm doing for a friend who has a comic book about the character She-Bat, and this is part of I think the big special pin up / splash pages anniversary edition of his book. Take a look at his work and her history here:
http://www.studiogart.net/shebat/index.html

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Badd Tiki
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Posted: 2012-07-25 08:49 am   Permalink

That's crazy Brad,

I think your art is starting to imitate art. Or is it the other way around?


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-07-26 07:58 am   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!
Working out the comp of the next painting still... this sketch is getting close.

I got the important elements I wanted to visually "talk" about into the scene...
1. Looming face of Mystery Woman "She-Bat" watching over Honolulu/Gotham.
2. Classic Car racing down the blvd...
3. A Zombie holding a swanky tropical drink in a...
4. ...Really cool, moist & dripping, Tiki Mug.
5. Exotic tropical flowers... these are even a bit more surreal then I've done before... with a tad of tentacles and octopuses mixed in Guess I'm mixing a little Cthulhu into my Orchids. (Showing my love of Lovecraft!)
6. Tropical sun setting into the pacific ocean.
7. Raising out of the tropical drink is a wahine-spirit showing how potent the concoction is!
8. Some strange lookin' palm trees.
9. A Swank looking Tiki Bar with a mysterious female stranger in the doorway...

I warped all the perspective lines to meld the elements together *& I think it really helped bring it all in to a nice composition, instead of leaving a bunch of disconnected elements.

... now to think about light sources, warm light, cool shadows... Let's see.. well, there's a warm red/orange/yellow sunset. So, they She-Bat will be green/Blue to stand out along with much of the Tiki Bar and Palm Trees... or do I have She-Bat a red color too, so she becomes part of the back ground and looks more like a phantom watching over the city? Hmmmm....If the Tiki Bar is cool colors, the inside of the tiki bar it has to be warm colors... the car can be warm colors to stand out from a cool toned street - it's metal reflecting the red sun set sky I guess.

I suppose I should once again try the layering effect: do a monochromatic under-painting and then laying in thin tints of color over that till I get what colors I want... this might save me from major screw ups. But, it's a tricky process, and you can end up just re-painting instead of "tinting". Eating up lots of time. Like painting the painting twice. ... it takes practice. Hmmmm.


So, to break it into a foreground - creating framing devices. Then a middle ground area. & then a back ground, .. it's all about creating depth, depth depth... and...

I would like to try for a really great deep sky. Which I think I achieved on "Zombie-Tiki-Girl" (which is my new favorite sky I've yet painted)... so, a moon and stars along with the setting sun... all in a nice rich red and orange range. Guess I can start there and work forward and hope for the best. Sound like a plan?

More to come!
ALOHA
B~

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-07-27 06:41 am   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe!

Sketch ... about as finished as this one is going to get.
Have to think about color and light sources now. Might do a color sketch or transfer it direct to the canvas ow and work it out then.
Mahalo
BP


 
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Posted: 2012-07-29 10:35 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Had a really beautiful drive over to the wet-side of the island...

(and by "drive" I mean we got the Tiki-mobile out on an open remote road. This is a look at the heads-up-display for the driver)
We raced over for a party with friends and family of a wonderful woman who is an old teacher of my partner/agent. They had not seen each other for 25 years!

"View of Coconut Island, in Hilo Harbor from our hotel room.
Real Hawaiian Style get together. Lots of food. Lots of "talk story": we had a great time meeting some cool/interesting folks who live on this wonderful & unique Island. And, you always figure out you meet someone -who knows someone-who knows one of your friends... it's an island, and not THAT many people are on it. ( we always say "Big Island - Small world!")
Anyways, I'm back in the studio now ..and back to da' art!

Step 2.)
Getting the sketch onto the canvas.
After I got a sketch I like. I transfer it to the canvas. I could do this in a easy way with a "lucy" and project the drawing on the canvas and trance it... but I don't. I re-draw it. Eyeballing it. This is a laborious and pain-in-the-butt kind of way to do it. However, it has this kinda appealing "organic" progression of the image that I like. the image will no doubt not be exactly what I sketch. It'll change and grow and evolve... for the better I hope. If it doesn't look better I keep re-drawing it on the canvas till it does.
This is time consuming, I know. and it'd be faster to use a "Lucy" and trace it. But, I'm not doing this for speed, I'm doing this to create the best painting I can... and sometimes I learn more about the image as I re-create it on the canvas, then paint it in a monochromatic light and dark study, then-paint (tint) that with transparent color. My hope is that I'm learning things that would not occur to me from just a perfect transfer of the sketch.
But, this gives me more time working on each part of the image till I become more and more aware of everything they can be and (I hope) paint them in the best way possible. I'm not positive I'm going to to do an entire monochromatic under-painting this time, but I might do parts of it monochromatic and build up layer and layer of semi-transparent paint to get that so hard to create "inner glow" to objects that you see in some of the masterful works of the past.
So, it's the long hard way... not the short easy way. But I keep my fingers crossed that I'll learn more this way. I may be wrong... but heck, I am still learning, and each painting is a lesson. Thanks for watching... hope this turns out worth watching!
A-Lo-HA!


 
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little lost tiki
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Posted: 2012-07-30 1:18 pm   Permalink

A Grand Opening at la Luz!
A little bit of R&R
and the boy is back into the Saddle!

And not only THAT
but he's concocting yet another
Challenge

Visually and with the Subject matter
DEPTH!
CONTENT!
COMPOSITION!
COLOR!
TEXTURE!
MOVEMENT!

Quote:

I got the important elements I wanted to visually "talk" about into the scene...
1. Looming face of Mystery Woman "She-Bat" watching over Honolulu/Gotham.
2. Classic Car racing down the blvd...
3. A Zombie holding a swanky tropical drink in a...
4. ...Really cool, moist & dripping, Tiki Mug.
5. Exotic tropical flowers... these are even a bit more surreal then I've done before... with a tad of tentacles and octopuses mixed in Guess I'm mixing a little Cthulhu into my Orchids. (Showing my love of Lovecraft!)
6. Tropical sun setting into the pacific ocean.
7. Raising out of the tropical drink is a wahine-spirit showing how potent the concoction is!
8. Some strange lookin' palm trees.
9. A Swank looking Tiki Bar with a mysterious female stranger in the doorway...



All of your loves
congregating together
to telll us ALL a story
and create a mood...

Right on Bradley!
Got a great HUGE Locecraft collection with a few i haven't read...
Horror at Redhook is one i've heard about and am finally starting!
Toe and i are still trying to secure a time/space for that lovecraft show
and i imagine you're gonna shine like a Golden God on that piece!

Again....remembering little drunken snippets from the show
and i spent a good deal of time just eyeballin your paintings up close
and smiling and imagining you cranking "Strutter" or "Black Diamond"
and focusing completely in that secret joy that artists experience!
Congrats my friend and thanks for sharing your process,your thoughts and doubts and feverish nightmares!
Big Hug to you and Abbas!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2012-07-31 5:37 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

LLT - thanks soooo much! Words cannot convey how much you're example has helped me along my own artist's path. Thanks so much for your wit, creativity, knowledge and endless energy!
You've been such an inspiration to me I'm so glad I could send some back your way!
Lets hope I get all that into this piece...
still working on getting the pencil sketch onto the canvas:

It's a pretty complex image! Lots of stuff going on...should be loads of eye-candy when it's done!


 
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Posted: 2012-08-02 12:55 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE...
Step 2)... or is this step three?... well, still getting this sketch that is proving to be an EPIC sketch on to the canvas...

more to come...


 
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Posted: 2012-08-02 04:25 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Need more inspiration... time to open the good book ....
www.amazon.com/The-Book-Tiki-Sven-Kirsten/dp/382286417X

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Posted: 2012-08-02 5:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Step 3.) transferring the drawing to the canvas (still).

whole canvas

detail of car

detail of "She-Bat" looming over Waikiki


 
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Posted: 2012-08-02 6:19 pm   Permalink

Nice Brad! So many awesome things here! That skeleton in the foreground could be his own painting!
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Posted: 2012-08-03 02:08 am   Permalink

THANKS! This one just keeps becoming more and more as I work out nifty little things to go in it. What I am thinking of is the cover to a vintage adventure-pulp magazine from the 1940's - about the golden-age-comics version of mythic Hawaii, and guest staring "She-Bat" the Woman of Mystery/Crime Fighter comic book character a friend of mine made...and has been publishing off and on since the 80's. This piece is for an anniversary issue.

 
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Posted: 2012-08-04 12:06 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Step 5.) (I think, or is this still step 3?) re-drawing the sketch on the canvas.

Re-creating the drawing on the canvas. Almost all done. The Aloha shirt needs to be done (a BIG project on it's own) plus the reflections of spirit-sharks in the classic car's glossy body. These can be GREAT things to look at if done right, but are gonna take a bunch of work.

And..... just WHERE is the LIGHT going to be coming from?
1.) There is a sunset. 2.) There are interior lights in the TIKI lounge. 3.) Mystical magic light flaring from the tropical Mickey-mouse-Finn raised in a toast by the zombie! 4.) Then, there is the Mark Ryden / Todd Schorr general Low-brow lighting that always seeps down from the upper left of the canvas as of from some clear sky. Of course, 5.) I could make the Tiki pendant around the Zombie's neck glow with "magic-tiki-ju-ju light". And verious glowing skull eyes and red bat eyes, and head lights...more like "light high-lights". Lots o' work - still!

As I hoped, by re-drawing it by hand, many little things got added that were not in the original sketch. And somethings were, I hope, improved.

Now the color.

Now the challenge to make it an eye candy delightful swirl of beautiful and unique things to gawk at, and not a big mess. Color may solve this - plus the proper use of lights and darks. What is the focus? One thing? Or several things, all pointing the viewer to the next thing to look at. Is it an unending circle of fun things to eyeball till you are hypnotized by this strange tropical hawaii-world-that-never was? That's the goal. ...not a big confusing mess of weird things all screaming for your attention until you get a head ache.

So, wish me luck!

Aloha!
B tiki shark P


 
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Posted: 2012-08-04 3:13 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!
Drawing on the canvas is done.

Here's the whole scene.. a bit complex. How will it work? What will be the focus? Will painting make this all come together in a smooth and beautiful swirl of tropical-tiki-pop?

The Aloha Shirt is drawn in..( ..and my favorite tiki pendant I wear the most - created by Crazy Al)

lele 'ope'ape'a.
Color next. I beseech the tiki gods to grant me the artistic brains to make this all work together and become a pleasure to the pupils & and a thalamus treat for the Tiki Tribe.
ALOHA
BP


 
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Posted: 2012-08-06 01:40 am   Permalink

Brad, this has to be the most insanely detailed piece I think I have ever seen you try to pull off. Your composition is good; it does lead the eye around pretty well so I think it will work out. I am just amazed at all the details.

 
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