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Joined: Aug 03, 2004
From: Omao, Kauai
|Posted: 2009-01-03 2:46 pm  Permalink|
Geez, is that all you got done?!?
Too much cool stuff, it appears your mind is overflowing like LLT's!
I love the concept and execution of that revolving photo ornament.
I love your bar logo, and the syrup label would make a great T-shirt...
|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2009-01-04 10:03 am  Permalink|
can we get some paintings
out of you now?
Joined: Apr 12, 2008
|Posted: 2009-01-23 5:59 pm  Permalink|
I've been working on some new stuff... here's some of it:
These are sort of Tiki Valentine's Day cards.
The first one is inspired Maori tikis:
I've always thought parts of Maori tikis looked like hearts, like their mouths, and sometimes their tongues and the shape of their heads. So I pushed the heart idea farther, and made every part of their bodies heart-shaped. The two tikis have their arms linked in a tiki embrace.
This linoleum block-print card is 4" x 6". It is printed with brick-red ink on a textured, fibrous paper and comes with a matching envelope.
The next card came about from all the tiki-romance that's been in the air lately, and was inspired by two of our tiki friends.
The image is two Ku-type tikis embracing. The negative space created by their mouths (and noses) forms the shape of a heart.
This linoleum block-print card is also 4" x 6". It is printed with brick-red and maroony-brown ink on a textured, fibrous paper and comes with a matching envelope.
Cards are 6.00 each, including shipping! PM me if you are interested!
Thanks fer lookin'!
Joined: Jul 18, 2004
From: AB, Canada
|Posted: 2009-02-14 5:11 pm  Permalink|
Gave me lady them cards and she loves them!!
At first, the one on the left, she did not see the Tikis!! She only saw bunches of hearts. I thought that was neat as we all look at things different. Once I pointed it out, she couldn't believe she didn't see them!! Then the Tikis were all she saw!
Kind of a cool thing. Shows your cool style and the way they were done!!
Anyways, thought I would post as they are very well done and they made a great Valentines card!!
Joined: Apr 12, 2008
|Posted: 2009-03-01 8:19 pm  Permalink|
Haven't posted for a while, as I've been nutty busy prepping for an artshow that had the plug pulled on it and then miraculously came back to life in the most unexpected way possible...
(That's the Sam's/Kona/Don the Beachcomber art show... check it out at the thread below!)
I made a couple of Maori tiki inspired Valentine's Day tins.
Tins are made of, well, tin, I suppose... (I got them from a craft store) and I painted them to look like Maori tiki faces, all heart-shaped and everything.
The tins measure 5.5" across and 1.25" deep.
I also created a set of tiki Valentine's Day cards, and then I created some more!
Remember in elementary school when everybody passed out little paper valentines to the whole class? I love the vintage look of those, and the punny way they were written.
They measure 2.5" x 4.25" each. I planned them so that when they were printed, there would be eight to a page, so eight was the number of different styles I needed. I had a few extra ideas, and after I thought about it, I came up with eight more.
They're one-sided and do not open (they're not greeting cards). They do not come with envelopes. The idea was to recreate the look of those vintage type valentines. I think I got the style down pretty good, too bad I couldn't have them die-cut... not that would be cool!
Each one started out as an 8.5" x 14" painting, and then I transferred them to the computer, adding the text and the hearts, then I had them printed.
Here are both sets, with the original drawings:
This was the first idea that came to mind. It's a typical punny valentine idea, blowing your top over someone. It seemed like a perfect idea for a tiki valentine card.
This was the second idea that I had, and what really got the ball rolling, because once I came up with it, I was really inspired to continue making more. It's kind of funny and creepy at the same time. Plus, the shrunken head looks like a heart. I tried to incorporate heart shapes into the images as much as possible. The tiki in the background is based on PNG imagery, since it could, with a little tweaking, and some liberal color styling, look like a heart. plus, there were PNG cannibals, so it seemed appropriate.
This is also a typical valentine pun, but with a tiki angle, and the wall-eyed pufferfish looks like a heart!
If you look at the original drawing, you'll notice the hula girl has a left foot, but it somehow vanished when I was painting it! Oops!
I really wanted to do a moai card, and after wracking my brain, I came up with this phrase. I was a little disappointed though, because I really wanted to do a play on words with "moai", but I couldn't come up with anything.
More PNG imagery on this one. He probably wants to eat you.
The image in this one is based on the lino-cut greeting card that I did (that was inspired by two tiki-lovebirds that I know). The idea is two tiki facing each other create a mirror image, with the negative space of their mouth forming a heart. In the original lino-cut, the tikis are reddish-brown, and the heart is the color of the paper, an off-white. Here I had to come up with a solution for the heart to be a valentiney pink, so I had a mass of hibiscus flowers in bloom behind the tikis.
This was the last card of the first series. I wanted to make a card with a monkey, and the monkey around phrase is another typical valentine pun. The headdress of this lono type tiki has been modified to look like a series of hearts, the mouth of all the tikis are similarly modified, and painted with a reddish brown interior to enhance their heart-ness.
This was the first card I did for the second series. It's pretty tikiphile-specific, I think, because I'm not sure how much of the general public knows what an a-frame is, but I couldn't resist the delicious pun!
This is one of the original ideas that didn't make it int the first series. I've actually seen a vintage valentine with this phrase, but it was all cutsie... so I made it the creepy card of this set. Again with the cannibals! And I wanted the victim to look like a stuffy 18th century British explorer.
My slight disappointment over the first moai card turned to elation when I came up with this phrase, making a play on words using "Moai"! It took a lot of rewriting to get the phrase to be as concise as possible and make sense. Plus I got to do those freaky long-fingered moais!
This card had a completely different layout at first, with an illusion of depth, but then I changed it to be more graphic, map-like and flat. Both versions of the drawings are pictured above.
This image incorporates an idea I had months and months ago, a crab with a tiki face on it's back. And then I made it pink and heart-shaped too, which to me, totally works for a valentine crab!
I wanted to use the word "lei" in a card, but I didn't want to go with the totally boring cliche of lay as in something sexual. Plus, the bird is an i'iwi, a native bird of Hawaii!
I wanted to have a card relating to the creation of tikis, but I couldn't come up with a phrase and image using "chop" or "carve", so I went with the more general "made". The carver in this card looks just like the fisherman from the "Great Catch" card, but I though I gave him a different tapa cloth pattern. I was mildly surprised to note that they were virtually identical!
This in a way was the pièce de résistance of the whole series. It takes a very typical, generic punny valentine card phrase and combines it with classic tiki culture icon, the Kon Tiki raft and smashes them together like a ship in a south-seas storm! I was originally thinking of something like an outrigger, but then I noticed with a little reshaping, the mouth of the Kon Tiki looks like a heart. A little more shaping, and the whole head is a heart! Make it red on a pink sail, and you're in tiki valentine business! Again, this one is very tikiphile-specific, and that's what makes it so great (to me, anyway!)
So after all that, I made up a set for Manuel for Valentine's Day. Since I obsess on details, I knew the valentines needed to be presented in a special way. Since they are meant to recall elementary school Valentine's Days. I made a little mailbox for them, like the kind kids make to receive cards from their classmates. The mailbox is thick craft paper folded over with foamcore braces inside to give it depth and shape. The mouth is cut out into a heart to receive the cards, and a red paper backing inside completes the heart motif. The details are black ink.
The negative space from the mouth is used on the back as the catch for the little door that opens to retrieve the cards.
Manuel loved it! I was happy.
Thanks fer lookin'
[ This Message was edited by: tobunga 2009-03-03 15:24 ]
Joined: Sep 02, 2008
|Posted: 2009-03-01 9:04 pm  Permalink|
Your Valentine sets are awesome. I love the style in which you drew them.
Now perhaps next year I will actually have a Valentine to give them to so I hae a reason to order some
Regardless the whole concept is really great.
Grand Member (8 years)
Joined: Mar 30, 2008
From: The Anvil of the Sun
|Posted: 2009-03-01 9:05 pm  Permalink|
You have been busy Eric! My favorite is " The Moai think about it..."
It's a bit late this year, will you put these out next January? I read great stuff about the Kona night (wish I could have been there ) Congrats on a successful show.
Gellhorn - "There's a lot of rum in this rum"
Hemingway - "In this joint they don't drink to get drunk, they drink to stay drunk"
Joined: Nov 21, 2004
|Posted: 2009-03-02 04:56 am  Permalink|
ha!! very clever!!....you really should think about having these printed as a set.....very nice product....and a person doesn't need to be an expert on tiki to understand the humor of these cards...i think the general public would get it...
[ This Message was edited by: Tipsy McStagger 2009-03-02 04:59 ]
Joined: Nov 09, 2004
From: The thumb !
|Posted: 2009-03-02 05:57 am  Permalink|
I wish I got any one of these in my hand made V day envelope when I was in grade school.
|little lost tiki|
Joined: Jun 12, 2006
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
|Posted: 2009-03-02 09:03 am  Permalink|
those are too cute,Eric!
Shrunken head baby is my favorite!!!
Manuel is one lucky tiki!
You could run whole cities
on the energy from your creative brain!
Joined: Sep 29, 2003
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
|Posted: 2009-03-03 11:25 am  Permalink|
Eric, really really dig the vintage feel to these, great illustrations and clever wording
Joined: Mar 07, 2008
|Posted: 2009-03-03 3:08 pm  Permalink|
WOW! Witty, fun, great designs - I want these cards! All this work is excellent, glad Manuel loved em. You kick Hallmark's ass.
Joined: Jan 29, 2004
From: San Pedro, CA
|Posted: 2009-03-03 3:48 pm  Permalink|
AMAZING cards - you have a great style to your work!
maybe I missed this, but did they get mass produced or did you just do a few of them?
I never send out valentines cards, but I would send out yours!!!!!
I've seen your work scattered around other threads and I have to say that you are producing some very unique and cool pieces of art. I wish I could have been at sam's/kona/DTBC to see your work in person!
OMG! I'm on Instagram!
Joined: Nov 07, 2006
From: Southern California
|Posted: 2009-03-04 11:37 am  Permalink|
Eric, Ur a genius!!!
i agree with LLT, the cute shrunken head is SUBLIME
Joined: Jul 07, 2005
|Posted: 2009-03-04 11:41 am  Permalink|
It was so great seeing you & Manuel at Kona!
and Oh Mah Gee! your artwork is so freakin cuuuute!
I loved going through all the valentine's they made me giggle!
you should do more cute stuffed tikis.....dolls...anything! because they are so freakin adorable!