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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-11 7:40 pm   Permalink

RVICTOR ~ Excellent point. I will carefully consider these floating ghost squids. The sketch they came from is an entirely different composition. Is of a single figure floating in the ocean at an unknown death, surrounded by these floating glowing ghost-squids. A very different picture indeed. However, if each marcher, like you suggest, has a trailing minor minion spirit, or spirits, it might give the painting a more original and strange appeal.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-11 8:09 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Happy October 11th…
in the spirit of the season I'm putting up a creature design I did for a friend who wrote and directed a low-budget horror film. Ryan, my friend is a great story teller by nature, and when he showed me a script he wrote for a small budget flick, I was thrilled by how down right scary it was. He had researched a real phenomenon, talked to people who had explored it and discovered some really weird stuff. Then, he wrote his story. It's about EVP - "ghost voices" you can actually record in empty rooms. People's voices appearing on an audio tape where no one should be.
In true Ryan fashion, he told me an absolutely hair-raising tale of something that happened to him during his research with a university professor who was exploring EVP but stopped all research when things got... too dangerous.

The film's called TRACE.
After I read his script, I offered to use all my official Hollywood Union (Local 790) "Senior Production Artist" skills and design him a creature... for free, and that would met his budget (which pretty much was nothing) or try to come as close as I could. Ryan was extremely happy with the design, and the studio he was working with loved it. In fact, it helped them decide to "Green Light" his film. Ryan got to make his movie, and after many harrowing months, it's about to be released to the public.

TRACE will be released this month exclusively for rent on RED BOX - which for someone's first film is pretty cool. Ryan's happy he got any official distribution at all, and he's also somewhat wiser about the job and life of a film maker.

I have not seen the finished film. I have no idea how the TRACE Demon will look in the final film. I think Ryan said they were so broke they could not get the horns right so he may just be bald. Wan-ta ' know? Get to a RED-BOX on October 27th and rent TRACE and find out. If it's even just the story I read in the script it will be a darned creepy ride, and a fun Halloween treat.

Here, submitted for your October Tiki-Tribe approval is the first concept art for the EVP TRACE Demon, (before anyone else gets to see it! Hey, Tiki Central does have it's perks!)

Oh Jeepers Creepers! THIS JUST IN! …., my friend Ryan, just sent me a link to the TRACE Trailer on you-tube! OKAY, TIKI-TRIBE… Give this "Chicken Skin Story" an Eye-Ball!!
http://youtu.be/850X3mO3MtI

ALOHA!

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ALOHA, RAWK ON, & Be MOST EXCELLENT to Each Other!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-12 07:16 am   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!

Well I went to bed a while ago, but awoke and could not go back to sleep. I was thinking about my current painting. Something was wrong… something was off and was bothering me to no end. And allowing me no sleep.

Here it is, still lots of work needed.
However, I had really focused and got the sunset just as I wanted, with it's funky squiggly clouds. This part feels right to me. No compromise I just worked on it till I got it right.
Not so, did I feel about the "Lava Rock Structure" the Night Marchers will be marching on.
It's all wonky. I thought a sort of warped twisted structure would be better and more looking like it was built by the Menehunes in one night. But, instead it just looked sloppy. Wrong.

I went back and studied the Lithograph by M.C. Escher: "Ascending and Descending". It is the unending stairs I wanted the Night Marchers to be marching on. M.C. Escher's is perfect not sloppy. It's geometry is perfect. It's perspective drawing is perfect.
It hit me.
To make this right, and to make it feel right & look right to me I was going to have to do a MAJOR re-paint of this structure.

"Confucamus!" I cursed - like MAD MAX in "Fury Road" - ( by the way the one curse word in "MADMAX Fury Road" is Latin. It roughly translates to "F¥@K all of this!" or "We are all so F¥©Ked!" )
There's No getting around this. It was going to have to be the HARD WAY, and a lot of work. I gotta' start from scratch- redraw the Lava Rock Stairs - and totally repaint them.
Leaving just the sky, the sunset, and Diamond head alone. No compromise.
With time ticking away, my Art show less then one year away, ( I got about 8 months to paint) I had to take a few steps backwards and correct this major painting. I felt slightly sick.

This is an epic piece about one of the best local legends, and it has to be done exactly right, with dignity, beauty, - as best as I can. As close to what I saw in my dream.
I started sketching in the middle of the night.

This drawing came out.
It's straighter.
Feels better.
I got the palm tree growing through the lava rock at a better angle, finally figured out.
Now I know where the palm leaves are going.
Plus, I added in four TIKIS - one at each corner.
Very good!
Now it's 4 AM.
More work tomorrow, wish me luck!

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2015-10-13 04:03 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~

The new Stone Stairway with no end. AND Four New Tikis Added! ( Yipee!)

Re-paint started…

Tonight's sunset

Was very…

Beautiful …and purple!

More to come...

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Posted: 2015-10-18 1:34 pm   Permalink

ALOHA TIKI TRIBE!
Remember when I was telling you about my friend's low-budget horror movie called "TRACE". He showed me his script, hoping that I would design the "demon" creature as he knew I was trained as a "Senior Production Artist" in the Hollywood Union (local 790) as well as a story board artist - but he had no budget and was wishing I'd do it because we were friends, and I thought it was cool. Well, ... I did.

"TRACE" is the film's name.
He made his movie. It comes out exclusively through RED BOX rentals Oct 27th, (just in time for Halloween).

What I didn't know is Ryan had also made a short film to help get a studio interested in his project. He did that too. It's incredibly spooky, and you can watch it for FREE on line at this link. I would rate this short "R" for language but nothing else, so mind the little tiki goblins with big ears being around if you watch it. Ryan told me to "Watch it alone in the dark with head phones on".
I offer it too you as a Tiki Tribe Halloween Treat. It's on VIMEO- the place for Free art movies on-line.
https://vimeo.com/142438558
The short film is called "Case 127".

If you watch the short film, I bet you can tell exactly where my demon design is needed.

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Posted: 2015-10-19 2:24 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

12 Days till Halloween!

Been a busy month!
Just got back from Honolulu, did a photo shoot there with Hawaiian Musician Aidan James (he's playing at a "Sam Choy/Tiki Shark" Event in Nov & at opening night of my TIKI-Art show next July 2016 at "La Luz de Jesus Gallery")

...and Hawaiian Celebrity "Tiki-Chef" Sam Choy (he's been awarded the James Beard Foundation Award for the creation and world wide promotion of "Hawaiian Regional Cuisine" - basically the food served in all Tiki Restaurants!)

Here's Sam goofing around at my local Art Gallery in Kona. They always like to put up the Monsters in Hawaii Art prints this time o the year.
So I had a special limited edition set made up; Museum quality, giclee on canvas, 24" x 30". Very Swanky!!

Had a little time to keep up my work on the designs of the "night-marchers" for the current painting.

Hope to show you a lot more work on these guys soon!
And just got another "ART BOOK" in the mail.

Wow! Holy freakin' WOW! If all film projects were as well done as "MADMAX Fury Road" I'd still be a Hollywood Union (local 790) Senior production and Story-board Artist! Unfortunately, they are not. You gotta work on many many less exciting projects (like under arm deodorant commercials) between the highlights like a film this cool!


Big Aloha and Laters!


 
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Posted: 2015-10-19 3:38 pm   Permalink

I read from top to bottom. What great entertainment for free!!!
Best wishes for your re-do. I love the addition of the tiki poles.
The movie creature is really creepy. I hope to never run into him.

Cheers, Wendy
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Posted: 2015-10-19 10:31 pm   Permalink

Thanks Wendy !
Aloha Tiki Tribe!

O-boy…. the best part of this MONDAY….sunset!


 
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Posted: 2015-10-19 11:02 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-10-11 20:09, Tiki Shark Art wrote:
... He had researched a real phenomenon, talked to people who had explored it and discovered some really weird stuff. Then, he wrote his story. It's about EVP - "ghost voices" you can actually record in empty rooms. People's voices appearing on an audio tape where no one should be.
In true Ryan fashion, he told me an absolutely hair-raising tale of something that happened to him during his research with a university professor who was exploring EVP but stopped all research when things got... too dangerous.




Also known as Raudive Recordings! Fun stuff.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konstant%C4%ABns_Raudive

I have a cd of EVP recordings.
http://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Ghost-Orchid-An-Introduction-To-EVP/master/172735

It's often considered a form of auditory pareidolia, nevertheless still fascinating.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia

Please expound on what happened to your friend while he was doing EVP research!


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Posted: 2015-10-20 11:15 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe!

11 more days till Halloween!


 
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Posted: 2015-10-20 3:43 pm   Permalink

"Please expound on what happened to your friend while he was doing EVP research!"
Hakalugi, I would be happy to.

The Scariest thing about this movie, TRACE, is it's based on a real phenomenon. The research Ryan ( the film maker) did led him to a terrifying night. Ryan is an old friend, and is always great for a "Talk Story" session. He told me all this one night as we sat on his front porch in Hollywood. Ryan said that while doing research for a new film project, he found a University professor who had been researching this EVP thing. Contacted him. He traveled to meet him, and was invited into his house. After much talk, the professor reluctantly took Ryan down into the basement, to an audio room with a safe that held the final audio tapes of the professor's research. The Professor told Ryan he wouldn't let anyone take the tapes, or duplicate them, and he was thinking about destroying them. However, if he wished, Ryan was welcome to listen to them, in the basement audio room, but the professor didn't ever want to hear them again and wouldn't stay. So…there Ryan was, in a rather dark basement, listening to a tape of "ghost voices" that had frightened the professor so badly it stopped him from continuing his research. The reason he stopped the research the Professor said, was that he believed he had contacted an intelligence, but it was very malevolent. That to continue would put himself, and his family, in personal danger. Because, after much back and forth Q & A's with what seemed to be the same "voice"…the voice started naming the Professor's family members. So he stopped.


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Posted: 2015-10-21 12:21 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe~
Too much going on! Working on my day job, can't work on the painting much right now, but gotta keep squeezing in time on it as I can.

A sketch of the on going creation of the "Night Marchers painting"

Sketch of another "Night Marcher" - I think there will seven.

Tonight's Sunset...



 
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Posted: 2015-10-21 7:30 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-10-20 15:43, Tiki Shark Art wrote:
... Because, after much back and forth Q & A's with what seemed to be the same "voice"…the voice started naming the Professor's family members. So he stopped.





Aaach! Sounds like a very good reason for him to stop! Thanks for sharing this.


 
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Posted: 2015-10-22 05:23 am   Permalink

Brad - just catching up with your work. I have to say i really was surprized with the new direction for the night marchers. Your redesign was almost immediately recognized as more settling composition my humble opinion. Your intuition is right on...the Esher parallel should be more true to form. Wow...I really like watching this evolve.


 
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Posted: 2015-10-22 09:32 am   Permalink

I still can't get over that "demon" creature, love it.

 
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