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Page 210! Undersea Worlds! Moai Reapers,Skull Puffers and Polynesia Cyclopia!
little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7604
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 13 days ago; 11:30 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-02-04 07:21, hiltiki wrote:
Kinny, you are so much fun I wish you would visit more often. Love the missing table story. By the way do you ever sketch, paint mermaids? can't recall?



Thanks Darlin,
for the visit and the LUV! You really should come and visit more often....
I have no plans to stop,
and there's going to be LOTS of surprises in store this year!
So happy you enjoyed the search for the missing table...
One could consider that tale semi-autobiographical....

Now as for the mermaids question....
Yes... on occasion
Here's an example that is hanging at Mojave Oasis
in the Mermaid Lounge.
i believe these are 4 x 5 feet apiece



and here are some shots of them in situ...






Skillfully installed by our very own Bamboo Ben!

Well.... it's kind of funny that we start off with an underwater vibe
'cause i have some work to share
in that same vein...

"Ocean Floor"
Copic marker and ink on Aquarelle Watercolor paper
13.25 x 6.5 "


"Atlantis"
Marker and watercolor on Aquarelle Watercolor paper
12.75 x 14"


i gleaned a lot of these ocean flora and fauna from looking at photos of the animals and attempting to simplify them,from the tons of ephemera i've been collecting for 25 some years
(old magazine ads/firecracker wrappers/packaging/etc)
Sometimes i'll find a beautiful modernist shape or image
and will find a way to elaborate and expand it
so it fits into the world of the drawing at hand...

Here's a few of these sketchbook pages
just to give y'alls a peek into the process/mindset
that goes into making these gems...

Some of the pages are just filled to the brim
while others are full of hasty scribblings and bits of paper taped in there...










As you can see
some are winners
others need work
and some just fail before the pen even hits the paper!

Also been playing with puffers
Watch out for these guys in some future pieces!




i hope to make these mugs sometime in the future
especially this fellah!


and here's one more puffer
alongside of the development of POLYNESIA CYCLOPIA
(i have some more-Marq/PNG/KANE/KANALOA/PUFFER and will share later)
a little group of characters for a mashup
Battle of the Cyclops in a South Seas setting!







i think Mr. Sam Gambino dwelt on this subject with his
Tikifarm HypnoTiki....
Mutual Inspiration pact in Action there...

and here's a lil PNG motif studytime
just because.....


Also, had some more Reaper Moai sketches to share
that were finally scanned..
As you can see, he went thru a few changes
being pushed and pulled until he achieved the perfect Look!








and here's one with a Topknot Fez!


Thanks again for all the visits and Aloha!
See y'alls soon!









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lunavideogames
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From: San Diego
Posted: 13 days ago; 11:32 pm   Permalink

Great work as usual!

 
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 4468
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 12 days ago; 07:09 am   Permalink

Dig what your mind can see and your hand can bring to life...

 
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TheBigT
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Posts: 1374
From: Fabulous Houston
Posted: 12 days ago; 08:39 am   Permalink

I definitely do not peek at your thread often enough! The volume and quality of work is amazing.

Quote:

On 2015-02-16 23:30, little lost tiki wrote:

Here's a few of these sketchbook pages
just to give y'alls a peek into the process/mindset
that goes into making these gems...



appreciate the insight into your process!

Quote:

On 2015-02-16 23:30, little lost tiki wrote:

As you can see
some are winners
others need work
and some just fail before the pen even hits the paper!



From what I see everything here is a winner! I only wish my sketchbook looked like yours! (i would settle for half as good)


 
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7604
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 7 days ago; 2:17 pm   Permalink

Good Afternoon and a BIG Aloha to You Alls!

Well, finally established a date for the third installment of our yearly shows...
Clash of the Titans ,War of the Gargantua,and now it's official!
We will be having our "Blood Orgy of the Behemoths" exhibition in JUNE!
the Giant Doug Horne! Rapscallion Big Toe! Myself! and a special ...
MYSTERY GUEST!
We have decide since we finally were able to assemble the original ARTJAM crew
that we could nominate and elect a new artist to play with us every year!
WILL ANNOUNCE all this SOON!
We will have 10 Categories and 40 pieces! Hi Ho!
Well....
have two nice drawings to escort you around today...
but first....

Quote:

On 2015-02-16 21:44, hang10tiki wrote:
Wow
These last ones kick ars......
U da man.....


Quote:

On 2015-02-17 07:09, hang10tiki wrote:
Dig what your mind can see and your hand can bring to life...



Jon!
Thanks a Heap,man!
So glad my lil scribblins can inspire and allow you all a peel into
worlds you wouldn't necessarily encounter....
A lot of what the mind can see is due to periodic feedings
Right now tackling "the last Days of Socrates" by Socrates
"the Screwtape Letters" by Cs Lewis
and,from my dear friend/art brother Rene Cardona
"The Minority Report" Phillip k. Dick

the first two are re-reads from my youth ;
but are SO much more rewarding as i become a barnacled grizzled old art beast
SO much more to glean from these great minds...
THAT is how the Mind sees more
Feed it well and it will make the necessary connections...

Quote:

On 2015-02-16 23:32, lunavideogames wrote:
Great work as usual!



Mahalo Luna!
I'm just grateful to be able to not only be able to share all of this work
instead of it lying a-mouldering in the studio
and just thankful i am able to have such an ability
to picture other places
but still able to ground them in altogether human situations/experiences....
Thanks for the visit!


Quote:

On 2015-02-17 08:39, TheBigT wrote:
I definitely do not peek at your thread often enough! The volume and quality of work is amazing.

Quote:

On 2015-02-16 23:30, little lost tiki wrote:
Here's a few of these sketchbook pages
just to give y'alls a peek into the process/mindset
that goes into making these gems...


appreciate the insight into your process!
Quote:

On 2015-02-16 23:30, little lost tiki wrote:
As you can see
some are winners
others need work
and some just fail before the pen even hits the paper!


From what I see everything here is a winner! I only wish my sketchbook looked like yours! (i would settle for half as good)



Hey BigT!
Glad i could add to the mutual inspiration pact
all of us artists share.
As for all of them being winners...
i have found that the better i get with practice
the more discerning i become
usually BEFORE the pen hits the paper
but ,even now,after 25 some years,the hand moves faster than the brain
it has grown independent over the years
not needing the brain as much
the brain merely formulates the theme
and monitors the process,the style,the swoop..
but sometimes,while pondering color,or overall composition
the area being rendered loses communication
and the hand ,like a Genus Loci,suddenly seizes influence
and flys away to it's own devices.....
it's allowed to run around the yard,so to speak....
and it is there where poetry or trainwreck await...

i hope that explains a bit of the necessity for discernment and prejudice
concerning the work....
One wants the very best,when that is necessary...
as for the rough sketches
they are presented as such
but perfection thru learning is always the goal..
Miro called it "Divine Discontent"
That never ceasing mirror
where our flaws are enlarged
where that misspent brushmark is exposed...
This work will never be divine
but it can carry that spark
and it is the duty of all serious artists
to become suitable respectful Custodians/ambassadors
of art and artists from today and long ago...
Keeping a regular sketchbook must be a constant discipline
Kudos for keeping one...save them all-DO NOT CUT FROM THEM
keep them pure....virginal....
a great way to gauge progress/setback(areas to improve)
over a measured course of time
DATE THEM IN THE FRONT COVER and SPINE
it will come in handy 20 years from now...
a lot of stuff can be worked out there
instead of mussin up a canvas all willy nilly
(i have found that artistic instinct is a fickle tiger
and it needs the soldier of discipline and discernment to control it)
Anyways...please visit often,as i try to post new work on a regular basis..
Also, non tiki work is on my
www.kinnyruzic.com website
and a LT of stuff in my art folders on FaceBook
That's the extent of my internet media footprint
that takes up too much time already!
Anyways.. Thank you for the visit and the joyful comments..
makes my day when the work can move folks!


Well, the first drawing for today's Feast
is a revisiting of the Moai Reaper theme from a few week's past...
i wanted to place him LOWER in the Stygian depths
the last piece,while beautiful
pictured him still illuminated by daylight
by surface light...
This new drawing
would not only be bigger and more involved
but FARTHER below the surface...

"Journey to the UnderWorld"
Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle watercolor paper
14 x 12.75"


Here's some Papua New Guinean Shields with Skull-like visages
and a moai with a strange fez-like masonic Crest on his TopKnot
Above, you can observe the cave walls and the underworld vegetation
struggling to grow and spread out....


Here's a detail of the Moai reaper
with his PNG inspired scythe
accompanied by a vulturous /cassowary/orongo bird
alert and mournful....


And of course,since this boat is descending even deeper into the infernal depths, a skeletal pufferfish was commandeered to light the way
guiding the craft around stalagmites and imprisoned souls...


Here is another Papua New Guinea Inspired skull shield
and a slice of the background
the misty atmosphere
the location....


Here is a view of the cavernous depths in the background of the piece...


An islet adorned with the skulls and spears of fallen warriors
a baby palm struggles to flourish on this islet of the dead...


And of course...
we have the Skull Puffer to thank
for the illumination of said islet...



Here's a detail to display the PNG scythe of the Reaper..
the blade is the beak of the cassowary/vulture/orongo hybrid
Admire it's craftsmanship!


and we will depart from the Infernal lands
with a quiet patch of cavern
a time to reflect on life and Death...


Ah!
Away with these Heavy themes!
Let's have a Rip-Roarin Jump up and Down piece
to balance out the reflections of mortality...

may i introduce you to...

"Polynesia Cyclopia"
(Cave of the Cyclops)
Pen and ink and watercolor on Aquarelle watercolor paper
14.25 x 20.25"


i was reading some old myths about Cyclops and the such
Polyphemus,polytheus? and the like
and had been working on those sketches of one-eyed Tikis for a mug painting
and thought...
What if all the freakish Cyclopian Tiki Children from across the South Seas
were all banished to an Island....
Kind of a Lord of the Flies situation....
Well... Here it is....


Imagine,if you will,
while on an archaeological trek
you hear a far off drum
after scrambles and staggers and stumbles
the jungle unfurls
and you are face to face
with a tribe of WILD Polynesian Cyclopia!
Already armed and ready to deliver a Thumpin
the Moai Cyclopian springs to the ready


the Maori Cyclopian has a slower response
and picks up an available rock
awaiting instructions....


a Hawaiian Kane Cyclopian
armed with a spear
responds to the Alarm...


The Hawaiian Ku Cyclopian
beats his chest and rouses the other members


The New Guinea Cyclopian
pops up from behind some shrubbery
ready for some action


the slumbering Hawaiaan Kanaloa Cyclopian
springs up
shocked and surprised


Having a cocktail in his Tree hide-away
this Marquesan Cycopian runs to the window
to see what the Hullaballoo is all about...


And lastly, the gibbering Yell of a Hawaiian Lono Cyclopian
brandishing a bone and ready for warfare


Here is a peek at the deep dark recesses of the cavern
where they live


Here's a detail of the tree
where the Marquesan Cyclopian abides


and lastly,
a nice contrast between the lively colors of the fish floats
and the branch-pierced skull
of a previous unlucky stumblebum...


I hope you enjoyed today's tours and hope you pop by for another visit soon!
Aloha!
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
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Posted: 7 days ago; 3:25 pm   Permalink

Freekin stunning my man.....

 
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danlovestikis
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Posted: 7 days ago; 9:25 pm   Permalink


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Dearest Wendy!
Where DO you find the time to create and go on adventures and post almost everyday here on Tiki Central? THAT is what blows me away,sweet sister! Thank you so much for all of the inspiration and love and amazement that you bring ALL of us here! and you were in my smiles while i was drawing that bird....how could you not be?

I'll try and get down there in March!
HUGs!
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You are not only a creative artist. Your writing style is so moving and memorable. I think I'll have to post this on my thread so I can read it often. Thank you art brother. I'm counting on hugs at Marketplace. Wendy
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TikiAno
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Posted: 6 days ago; 8:09 pm   Permalink

So much awesome stuff happening all in a row. Sketches, drawings, killer mug designs, underwater unrealness. Have to swim back and look at it again. And again....

 
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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 6 days ago; 8:14 pm   Permalink

Keep it up, mad Kinny!
looking forward to the next show.


 
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Matt Reese
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Posted: 4 days ago; 7:28 pm   Permalink

It was all too much for me. I just got my brain wrapped around the idea of the skull moai sketch and BAM!! a boat load of other tiki chaos ensued. Yer killin me Kenny. Great stuff.


 
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hiltiki
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Posted: 3 days ago; 6:44 pm   Permalink

Eight one eyed tikis in one painting, that's pretty cool.

 
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