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Keeping velvet tiki art alive...? TWO PIECES ARE WRAPPED! YEAH!
tobunga
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Joined: Apr 12, 2008
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Posted: 2008-09-24 12:31 pm   Permalink

Hey Robb!

Just wanted to add my voice to the choir of praise for your incredible work!

Your pieces at the Tiki Mag show are nothing short of stunning. I know there was some concern about lighting, but they looked pretty incredible as the were and I don't think anyone who saw them was not completely blown away. (if they weren't, they're totally jaded jerks who have no business at a tiki art anyway)

Keep them velvet masterpieces comin'!
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Digitiki
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From: L.A. baby!
Posted: 2008-09-30 08:43 am   Permalink

Just an FYI, a really in depth interview with Robb can be heard on the newest episode of the Quiet Village podcast.
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Wildsville man
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
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From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2008-09-30 12:51 pm   Permalink

Interview with Robb? they have electric in Ohio? Great Stuff Robb, love all of your work!!!!!
When I think Black Velvet there is only Robb Hamel!!!!!



Now when is Nick going to give you that cover?


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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-10-01 11:13 am   Permalink

Tobunga - thanks for the boost about the Show. It's good to hear that they still looked okay. Your work is seriously awesome and I've been very happy to be in shows with you and the rest of this cast of characters.

The interview with Digitiki was a real blast. Amazingly, I forgot a very important thanks: Tiki Kaliki for getting my REALLY involved with this type of art... THANKS TK! I also had just wrapped up my website one or two days before, and completely forgot to shamelessly promote it. Double shame on me!

Wildsville Man is true to his own self-promotion: he DOES reek of awesomeness. Thank the Fates that he doesn't paint because all other Tiki artists would be in trouble.

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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-10-01 11:46 am   Permalink

I'm taking a little break from doing big paintings and doing some 8x10s for a change. I've been planning on doing this for awhile but Ken Ruzic got me motivated. Thanks Ken!

I really like this guy with a head shaped like a canoe paddle from the Mai Kai. I've seen a bunch of New Guinea carvings since and realized that's where he came from.



I changed him into something between some real carvings and the Mai Kai one and did several sketches.



I worked in my studio for the first time in months because it's cold now.



Work went slow the first day, and, as usual, the pics don't look nearly as nice as the real painting.







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Black velvet tiki art...
needs more blood.

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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-10-01 12:36 pm   Permalink

One morning, I filled in the shadow side.



The painting is still dark overall but I'm getting a sense of the kind of background I want.


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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2008-10-01 12:58 pm   Permalink

Very cool Robb - keep us updated with the progress.

 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7590
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2008-10-01 1:12 pm   Permalink

ROCK ON ROBB!
Stoked to see that you're taking the tiny route for awhile!
Bet you'll save a ton on shipping these!
Stoked you're painting that PNG MaiKai fellow!
He was one of my faves at the restaurant!
he's lookin great and coming along splendidly!
Can't wait to see what other subjects/characters you'll be tackilng!
ITerrill and i LOVE the night beach scene you created for our home!
ROBB ROXX!

Here's your chance to get a Robb Hamel piece folks!
I imagine this new smaller series will be scooped up QUICK!



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BigToe
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Joined: Nov 07, 2006
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2008-10-01 1:29 pm   Permalink

lookin good mister hamel!

lovin the light on the saw-blade head!! if this isnt spoken for, maybe we can talk trade????????????????

alohas, toe-jam
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4WDtiki
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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
Posts: 1875
From: Omao, Kauai
Posted: 2008-10-01 2:31 pm   Permalink

Haha, I soon as I saw the title "Mini-Velvets", I thought "I bet that Ruzic guy influenced Robb at the show'.

Love the small piece! Do more!!!


 
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Beachcomber
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Joined: May 04, 2006
Posts: 21
Posted: 2008-10-02 2:07 pm   Permalink

Hey Robb

Great work! You've got fantastic talent.

Quick question because I'm dabbling in velvets - how do you get your paint to adhere to the velvet without it looking splotchy? Do you just paint it on thick or do you do a preliminary undercoat? My understanding is that Leeteg used a multiple buildup of paint over several weeks so he'd have a solid surface to do his final detail. I'm guessing that's why he only worked with 6 colors because layering paintings works best with uniform coloring underneath. You do such fine detail. What's you secret?


 
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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
Posts: 759
From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2008-10-02 2:16 pm   Permalink

Great to see some updates, Robb!!
awsome green, i really like it


 
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-10-02 6:58 pm   Permalink

Mega-Huge thanks: TikiG, LLT, Big Toe, 4WDtiki, Beachcomber, and TikiDuddy.

I don't know how I ever kept going without all this great support... (wipes misty tears from his eyes, lip quivering).
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 334
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-10-02 8:59 pm   Permalink

Robb, you are the velvet beneath our wings!(?)

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3525
From: HELL
Posted: 2008-10-03 05:15 am   Permalink


..these just keep gettin better and better!!!.... damn!!!!




 
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