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Keeping velvet tiki art alive...? TWO PIECES ARE WRAPPED! YEAH!
Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-05-03 10:58 pm   Permalink

Robb, your work is absolutely incredible. Some of them make me think of matte paintings from some classic fantasy film. Others remind me of some of the cool background paintings from Fantasia. Really awe-inspiring.

Can you recommend some colors/hues that work best for painting on velvet or is that a dumb question. I suppose I could just hurl paint like a chimp at the canvas and see what looks good but you are a master. Talent is obviously the main ingredient but any tips on general technique would be greatly appreciated
Thanks for the inspiration!


 
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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
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From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2008-05-04 05:29 am   Permalink

Great great stuff Robb,
The perspective of the cave adds much enchantment and apprehension to the subject, while the volcanoe adds extra action and fantasy. Amazing to me that the final painting was sooo fast for you!
Looking forward to this thread in the months to come, as well as seeing your art in person some day!
Jon M


 
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Tabu
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Joined: Sep 07, 2004
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From: Port Hope, Ont.
Posted: 2008-05-04 06:29 am   Permalink

Love em'. They have such a gorgeous exotic feel. I'm hearing "Taboo" or "Atlantis" in my head just looking at them.
"Mondo Moai" and "Green Tiki" are my faves. "Green Tiki" actually kind of creeps me out if I imagine it jumping at my like a praying mantis. Yikes. Can't wait to see more.


 
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-04 08:35 am   Permalink

Wow. I can't believe how enthusiastic you guys are. Thanks so much.

Mr. PuPu Pants - matte painting was once a dream of mine, you have an icredible eye. The secret commission I did just before this one SCREAMS matte painting and should be a the Hukilau. About colors, it varies per brand, but any color meant for glazing is nearly useless, unless you slop it on like the tacky paintings that sunk black velvet so long ago.Experiment!

I just emailed these two quick sketches to Digitiki and am waiting for his selection and approval, or corrections. If he gives the thumbs up, I start tomorrow morning on velvet.






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Sophista-tiki
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From: Seattle WA
Posted: 2008-05-04 09:44 am   Permalink

so great. Not only am I loving your work but im so curious about the process, I would love to learn more. Have you ever thougt about giving a one day workshop? Wanna come up to Seattle and give me and Pupu Pants a lesson. I will put you up in the Bamboo Grove as my guest. Dawn

 
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2008-05-04 10:53 am   Permalink

The always super-fast replying Digitiki chose this one.

Tomorrow, I begin.



I'm glad he chose this one because in the first sketch Pele was showing a little too much wookie.



 
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Robb Hamel
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Posted: 2008-05-04 11:01 am   Permalink

This shows how weird stuff can be in art: when I photographed this first sketch I was wearing an orange shirt, and it reflected onto the black paper as a soft glow. When I do Digitiki's actual painting, I'm going to consider putting that glow in. Compare this to the accepted one above.



 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-05-04 11:28 am   Permalink

Love the orange glow. Gives it an even more ominous atmosphere. Subtle difference but adds alot.
It's going to be a really cool painting either way.


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Posted: 2008-05-04 11:41 am   Permalink

Regarding Matte paintings--My brother and I used to make little stop-motion films on Super 8 together when we were kids and made really crude 'in-camera' matte shots with glass paintings. We would have killed for paintings like yours!!
My brother is now a Director at Dreamworks and I do Video production for Microsoft but we still long for the days of backyard film-making with just the two of us-- trying to teach ourselves how to do a matte painting or some grand special effect.
Thanks again for sharing your amazing work.


 
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2008-05-04 1:07 pm   Permalink

Do you paint in acrylics or oil?

 
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Robb Hamel
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2008-05-04 4:33 pm   Permalink

Mr. Pupu: I used to do stop motion super 8 movies too. I ended up in Advertising for 11 years, sometimes doing special effects and sets. The horrible people I used to encounter were too much, so I left. Now I'm here with all these surprisingly nice Tiki enthusiasts... big improvement!

Grog, I use oils. I didn't like how acrylics looked or handled on velvet. I have to tell you, painting on velvet is tough! The only thing that makes it doable for me is that in high school I used to specialize in using colored pencils on black paper.

Thanks everyone.


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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Posted: 2008-05-04 7:08 pm   Permalink

This is bizarre
I graduated with a degree in advertising but came to the same realization you did -- only just as I was graduating. I went back to school for Film and Video, worked at the local ABC affiliate for a bit and ended up at Microsoft to help start up the production facility there. Are you my evil twin from the parallel universe?


 
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Mr. Pupu Pants
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From: Edmonds, WA
Posted: 2008-05-04 7:12 pm   Permalink

I should have said "evil twin with more talent?"

 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2008-05-04 7:20 pm   Permalink

Oh la la...that there is some mighty fine talent. FA-BU-LUS!!!

 
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frostiki
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From: Mobile, AL
Posted: 2008-05-05 08:44 am   Permalink

Robb, the commission for Hiphipahula is fantastic. Such a clean look on the tikis. Thanks for posting the studies and sketches. Keep up the good work.

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