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Keeping velvet tiki art alive...? TWO PIECES ARE WRAPPED! YEAH!
tobunga
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Posted: 2009-03-24 12:24 pm   Permalink

Wow Robb! I love the way you transformed the sun dappled original image into something dark, moody and absolutley gorgeous!

I'll join the ranks praising your Quiet Village podcast interview as informative and insightful! A rare peek into the inner workings of a gifted artist's world!

And I recently had the unexpected pleasure of seeing the Pele painting you did for Digitiki in person... stunning! Breathtaking! A masterpiece!
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2009-04-06 07:34 am   Permalink

Thanks mucho, Tobunga. Your Valentines card work was mind-blowing.



Hi everybody. I was away for awhile, we went on our 10th anniversary trip, and have been doing series paintings that y'all have already seen.

But I've got a new velvet featuring something I haven't done before: A NEW GUINEA HORNBILL!

A bird?

Yep.

And it's kicking my butt. I can't seem to get exactly the right Japanese Wood Block print effect (a favorite compositional style of mine). So in the end I'll end up improvising a lot. And holding my breath.






Here's a few of my sketches. I found some pics of these birds, but in an attempt to do my own thing, I'm doing my own pose for this animal, without much luck (I've been on this about a week).





I decide to do a large sketch so I get a good look. This bird's beak is weird, and looks a lot like a pair of talons, but I can't draw it correctly.






I have to look at this sketch and keep in mind that I want light areas around the black areas of the bird and black behind his yellow head.






I sketch in a rough setting, not knowing that I'm about to junk much of it. I need a break away from working in my house and go to Daddy Katz (Dayton's Tiki/Hot Rod shop).






Bill Winger, Daddy Katz' owner, puts up with me as I complain my way to this stage of the painting.


I haven't been able to get the freaky beak of this creature to look right in a week. I'm hoping that I can pull it off as I paint it for real but am a smidge nervous about blowing it....


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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-04-06 08:17 am   Permalink

Wuss!
you gonna let a hornbill kick the butte of Ohio's Premiere velvet painter?
Sometimes you just gotta leap off into the void...
If you make a mistake
you make a mistake
remember,we're demigods
and still have those human foibles..
if you do blow this one
(and it is coming along very nicely)
then remember to START with the beak first
that way if you don't nail it
you didn't spend hours painting everything else!

Also gotta say...this fascination with plants and birds
the natural environment of Tiki
is such a great progression
There are always little pieces of your paintings
that are masterpieces in themselves
a shoreline
or a plant
or a leaf
now you're honing in.....
RAD!


 
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Sam Gambino
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Posted: 2009-04-06 11:16 am   Permalink

Lovely, Rob! Man! You just started, and it already looks like it was painted back in the 50's... Your authenticity factor is through the roof...
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Kiki von Tiki
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Joined: Mar 01, 2008
Posts: 758
From: Irvine, CA
Posted: 2009-04-06 9:55 pm   Permalink

I love your tiki in the jungle paintings and then you bust out that hibiscus - so beautiful! And now a hornbill? Wow! Nice to see the progression into more challenging subject matter. So far it's looking really good, the mood is there, great composition. You gotta go for it, if you don't nail it on the first go, then go again. You sound like me though, I'm such a perfectionist and have no tolerance for myself making a mistake. It just adds to the stress, so I have to keep telling myself it's a prototype! It's a test! It's a study! But really, Robb, it's looking good so far!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2009-04-06 11:12 pm   Permalink

You need to blow your own horn....bill!
It looks really great so far! Very moody and velvety.
It's darkoreekius, mysterious, jungleisious, and horny.


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Joined: Mar 06, 2008
Posts: 334
From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2009-04-07 11:02 am   Permalink

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwesome.

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2009-04-09 06:21 am   Permalink

Wow! A way better response than I'd hoped for.

Ken: I will NOT let this bird beat me, 'cause you done gave me tha eye of the tiger with that pep speech.

Sam: 50's authenticity? Thank you. Some continuity is a good thing... but not with 70's velvet!

Kiki: thanks for noticing that I'm trying to expand my subject matter as I slowly learn more about this somehow mysterious medium.

Tiki Shark: darkoreekius, jungleiscious... I like those words.

Mr. PuPu: mondo thankarinoes.




It took all day yesterday to make this little bit of progress:





I start to bring the bird out of the shadows, bit by bit.





The menacing beak gets attention.





I get the beak without much hassle when I realize that hornbill beaks look like CRAB CLAWS - it has been in the back of my mind for a week and until is realized that I couldn't paint or draw it.







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Danno
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Joined: Apr 17, 2004
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-04-09 10:22 am   Permalink

Very cool!

 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2009-04-09 11:22 am   Permalink

Well done,young Jedi!

crab claw
sometimes it's not what our mind "sees"
and we actually have to look at it as it relly is...

for instance -imagine a snowman
i ain't never seen one like the one in my mind!
kapeesh!

This one is kickin a** and chewin bubblegum,Robb!
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Iokona Ki'i
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Joined: Nov 14, 2008
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From: SoCal
Posted: 2009-04-11 1:24 pm   Permalink

Beautiful work so far on the bird piece! Great Atmosphere already.


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3509
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2009-04-12 03:20 am   Permalink

Eerie and beautiful!

One of my favorite songs is "Elvis on Velvet" by the Stray Cats. It's one of the many songs on my continuous I pod rotation I listen to while I work. Now, every time I hear it I think of you Robb Hamel! - and your amazing velvet paintings. Not that you've done an Elvis on velvet painting... that I know of.

But, I can only wonder at kind of what moody low-brow masterpiece you'd make of it.

Big aloha!
B~
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2009-04-14 06:04 am   Permalink

Thanks guys. Shark, I hope I'm not ruining "Velvet Elvis" for you, but the truth is I really don't like those old velvets one bit!






A coupla nights ago I jazzed up the light on this tree. The dust is really starting to show now.





I thought I had the hornbill wrapped up at this stage, but later I removed its eye and put a better one on because this one looks sad and I wanted it to look curious.


When this baby dries, I'll clean it up and post a pic. Thanks for all the support this one has gotten, it's been a surprisingly long road for a small piece.

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machinelf
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Joined: Feb 24, 2009
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Posted: 2009-04-16 12:25 pm   Permalink

Fantastic! A great subject, composition, and execution. I absolutely love your work!

 
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TikiG
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Joined: Jun 17, 2008
Posts: 1542
From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2009-04-16 12:42 pm   Permalink

Love the color used here Robb!

Inspiring as usual. Thanks for posting.


 
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