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The Lurid low-brow Tiki-Art of Brad (tiki-shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2007-04-26 01:50 am   Permalink

LLt, Thanks! And I owe it all to my tiki-mentor. (to find out who dat is, check the article about my art show in the current issue of Tiki Magazine)
frostiki - I'm hoping to dish up some fishy food with this painting!
Big Ho-daddy Ried~ Really good questions. I know there are real answers to that question, and probably several of the very talented artist on TC know all about it, but instead I'll just give you what I know. And, well I do an under painting cause, er, basically, I read that Todd Schorr does that. And he's my hero. (or at least one of my art heroes) Also, for me, I found that the under painting really helps me get the contrast correct. Color has always been tuff for me - so the mono color under painting helps me get the contrast correct first. Helping the composition. It also helps me sort of Pre-render the objects, and I can work out the tough lighting things. Cause It's less intimidating to screw up on the under painting. Of course the reverse of that is if you NAIL something in the under painting, you are fully given a chance to screw it up when you build up your colors over it. I know that building up layers of color washes has something to do with creating an inner glow to the objects in the painting. I'm not sure if I've gotten to that stage yet. I just try to remember that when you get to the color "over" painting, that darks are to be transparent, and lights are to be opaque. Hope that helps.
So, after a VERY busy week of tee shirt designs and new towel creation, I actually got a little canvas time it today! Yahoo!


Aloha from the active volcano!
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Big Hodad-dy Reid
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Posted: 2007-04-26 06:23 am   Permalink

Thanks Tiki Shark! That helps a lot. I probably should have phrased the question more like, "What is YOUR thinking on underpainting" instead of making it like you should or could answer for all artists everywhere. But you did much more in explaining that I had hoped. I have really enjoyed seeing the progression of your paintings from sketch to finish and that's what sparked the question.

Not to hi-jack this thread, so I'll try to keep it brief, but I just wanted to add a couple of thoughts:

Todd Schorr- Great! I worked with a guy who went to art school with him. He told me that he and several other classmates worked hard to best Todd's last project only to show up to class and have Todd best them all again!

Layering transparent paints- I'm more familiar with this in airbrushing automotive paints, specifically candy colors. The more layers on top of light or, even better, metallics gives a depth and richness that is best described as "delicious". Candy is a good adjective for those paints!

Robert Williams- Have you ever seen his underpainting? He's done it a couple of different ways but basically dots the entire canvas in red, green, yellow, and maybe blue (can't quite remember). After seeing that and looking at his finished pieces you'll be amazed at how much he lets that remain. I can't quite explain it, but it's in one of his books (mine are all in storage right now so I can't tell you which one, a more recent one for sure).

Greg Hildebrandt- I think I saw you mention him earlier. I'm not too familiar with him, but his brother Tim had about 20 of his paintings in a gallery under my apartment at the time. That was about 11 or 12 years ago, but they were absolutely amazing. Whether or not you like sci-fi/fantasy art his techniques, especially how he rendered light, were remarkable. I'd stop in almost every day just to stare for a while.

Anywhatsis, thanks again and looking forward to more progress pics! Thanks a lot for sharing those as well.
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hodadhank
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Posted: 2007-04-26 09:26 am   Permalink

Looking good Brad! Is it just a coincidence that the mug looks like The Creature from the Black Lagoon? Put on your 3D glasses and have a peek...



BTW- I'm sorry I've not returned your PM. We'll chat soon and get some TSA down here in Mission Beach so the barefoot swarms of summer can oogle!


 
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McTiki
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Posted: 2007-04-26 3:05 pm   Permalink

Got the scetch today! Brad, This rocks! Thank You! 110% happy!

 
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greentikipat
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Posted: 2007-04-26 7:53 pm   Permalink

nice start on it, man- that moon is already jumping out and throwing light about. looking foreward to seeing it grow.

 
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Posted: 2007-04-27 03:26 am   Permalink

Aloha TC,
Big Hodad-dy Reid~ Hey that's one Robert Williams book I don't have either! Must be the new one. I'm thinking on how to leave more under painting show through.
Hodadhank~ Yeah Baby! Thanks for posting the cool Creature 3-D pic! Awesome!
Mctiki~You are soooooo welcome!
Here's 2 nights work...

Whoah, it's late even for a tiki artist... I gotta hit the Hawaiian hay!
aloha and good nite!
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hewey
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Posted: 2007-04-27 04:32 am   Permalink

Looking good my Hawaiian friend
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Big Hodad-dy Reid
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Posted: 2007-04-27 04:41 am   Permalink

I believe it's in Robert Williams Malicious Resplendence. Not completely positive, but fairly sure.
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Posted: 2007-04-28 03:44 am   Permalink

Happy ALOHA Friday Tiki Central!
Hope u all hada good one. Hey Thanks, I'm gonna have to look for that book!

G'nite!
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Big Hodad-dy Reid
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Posted: 2007-04-28 05:11 am   Permalink

Man! I could almost reach right in there! Good stuff.

 
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Posted: 2007-04-28 12:29 pm   Permalink

Thanks Big Hodad-dy Reid! Let's see how it goes...
Hey Everyone I think I came up with a name for this painting.

Mystic Tiki #11: the Sea God, -or- "The Moon of Gill-Manakoora"! Ha! Get it? No? Okay, sorry that was an obscure reference for the sub sub genera of Exotica Music/Creature from the Black Lagoon fans. (I bet Hodadhank got it!)

Have a great weekend!

Here's to you Tiki Central!
Big Aloha from the Volcanic Tropical Island!
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Posted: 2007-04-29 02:39 am   Permalink

Aloha TC,
So... The "Gill-man" and "The Moon of Manakoora"... get it? Still no? Okay, okay, never mind, I'll stick to painting and forget the bad puns!

Figgering out the neked tribal rave fire-lighting some more...
Aloha from the Big Island!
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hewey
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Posted: 2007-04-29 03:10 am   Permalink

That new sketch is great - looks like an old menu cover Painting is coming along sweeeet
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sirginn
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Posted: 2007-04-29 6:35 pm   Permalink

Brad-

Looking nice, the tribal dancing portion reminds me of the Zombie Village menu, one of my favorite vintage images.

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Posted: 2007-04-29 10:55 pm   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Central~
Hewey, ~ Thanks, Yeah, I''m really diggin my "raw" paper sketch book. The color of the pages give every drawing a cool "aged" look.
Sirgin ~ Glad you like it so far! Zombie Village Menu?! You mean there was a restaurant named Zombie Village? Sounds really great! Where can I see a pic of this nifty menu?

Working up that sea shore. Not sure just how detailed to get in the under painting, since there is the strong possibility of me repainting the color layer on top... Like the sea back ground in the Sunken Tiki: basically instead of "color washing" it, I ending up completely painting over the BG.
Big Aloha from the Big Island!
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