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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-27 6:08 pm   Permalink

Aloha,
I found the "in progress" posts of other TC'ers art really inspirational, and extremely fun. I thought I'd post some shots of the latest "Mystic Tiki" painting I'm working on. Here it is in all it's gritty, and ugly stages... and on through completion. What do you think?
Here's the rough Sketch. A glowing shark ghost guarding a mysterious hut...

Here's the color rough. The idea is a warm light source vs a cool light source.

Here's the sketch translated to the 24" x 30" canvas.

and the sunset colors...

More coming soon... What do you think?


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-27 6:28 pm   Permalink

Hey, here we are on some more stages. The Jungle and the ground.

Mid ground jungle...

Now we are getting to the fun part... the big mysterious lighted tiki in the foreground!

Here's where I made a stupid mistake. I get the big tiki painted, sort of half painted, but all the paint I mixed for his colors are gone! I didn't mix enough! Of course, when I try to mix that color again I can't get any where near it...

Sooooo I gotta mix new colors and repaint the whole tiki. However, this enable me to have him be a more mysterious blue, instead of the blue/gray.

And then here's some detail put on the big tiki. Not sure if it looks like wood grain or strange ghostly water light... I figured both were interesting.

Good idea? Hmmmm...
Final coming soon.
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2006-09-27 6:58 pm   Permalink

Hope this is some what entertaining. It is kind of like actually "watching paint dry"... just in the shape of a tiki painting. Okkeedookee, here is where it's gets kinda messed up.

So, I wasn't sure how to paint the glowing shark ghost. How many glowing sharks have I seen? Not too many. There was that time at Burning Man when I saw that glowing bull turn into Jabba the Hut. Or I thought did. Of course I had eaten a lot of browines and had drank that tea. But, I'm getting off topic... I try painting the shark blue, and keeping the penciled "detail" lines intack. But, it looks funny, and not very glowing.

Soooo I made the lines glow...

Well THAT don't look right. About then, Ken sent me an e-mail asking if the shark should be shinny or dull. So, I figure, yeah, I gotta get rid of the little lines - they only really make sense on a pencil or ink drawing, not a surface reflecting, or glowing, light.

And, Little Lost Tiki (Ken) had sent me in a better direction, the shark had to have some sort of real surface to read right. The idea of a glowing out line is cool, and pretty much still there, but it reads as a shark so much better.

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Posted: 2006-09-27 7:00 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad!
Man! I had seen those few shots you sent via e-mail,but to see it all laid out on the thread is BOIHEMOTH!I do like the 2nd more mysterious blue and the wood grain/"water- but actually a path" reflection looks good too! the orange-hazel with the purples in the back looook goooooood! Almost like that's where the shark just got done visiting! Classic man! KEEP POSTING!
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-27 7:26 pm   Permalink

Tiki Centralites,
So it's done. Here's a detail that I like. The hut with the weird light coming out the door, and the tiki-like fin head on the pole.

And here's the finished painting shot in a better light. Of course, the colors are a bit off, but it's close.

Thanks so much TC for letting me have a place to let it all hang out, art wise! It was scary and therapeutic to do this, I guess.
Mahalo!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2006-09-27 7:37 pm   Permalink

Hey LLT,
Thanks for the good words man. I don't know if you know how much all your e-mail really got me through the parts where it was looking funky, but they did. Thanks! Its a 24" x 30" canvas. I almost thought I would go in and put light over the top of the shark's body - you know how light looks coming throught the surface of water... but it might creat a whole confusing "is he under water or what" thing. Or it might be over working the thing, and I had to get a few other deadlines at work caught up!
Mahalo for the inspiration!
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Posted: 2006-09-27 7:51 pm   Permalink

That is really awesome! I could sit and stare into the colors forever.... No, LLT I didn't hit the cheeba! Is this painting bought?? Maholla Back! FBalls

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2006-09-27 8:00 pm   Permalink

FBalls,

Thanks! Nope, no one own it yet. I'm looking to see if I can talk Christian to letting me squeeze it into the art show that's moving from Tikis and Terrors II to the Spooky Luau.
~Tiki Shark
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hewey
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Posted: 2006-09-27 8:15 pm   Permalink

Thats awesome man! The colours are great, the idea is great!

Great step by step too!

Looking forward to seeing more, welcome to TC
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Posted: 2006-09-27 9:36 pm   Permalink

You nailed it man!
"It wasn't the tiki that helped you surf,Bobby. it was you all along!" Remember that Brady Bunch episode?You nailed that shark! Did you make the foreground glow more or did the glow of the ghostshark just brighten it up! I kinda think you wanted him to glow all along-as you had prepared the big tiki for that long before sharkey was colorized! great piece? Final story and title on this? Grand pieces such as this always deserve a fitting narrative and dignified title! Sooooo, Freddie's on it already! Man, that guy can smell great art from 300 yards! (I heard he owns a Ruzic original and has a bunch of Squid stuff too!) He definetely needs a Brad Peter Parker original to make his collection complete! How did you get the Peter Parker thing? By chance or was your dad reading one of those old John Romita illustrated Spidermans from back in the day and.....just wondering! Glad you got over your lurking! Now gets cracking on the next! Mush!
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Posted: 2006-09-27 11:12 pm   Permalink

Where the hell have you been hiding all this time?! This painting is off the hook! I've been into sharks even longer than tikis, growing up in Great White country as a kid. I've done a few stylised shark pieces, I even have a tiger shark jaw hanging in my carving studio, but never thought of combining it with tiki. Great idea! It's amazing how many things work within the tiki genre. I'd love a print of this if you produce any.
Kudos to Ken for helping you through the tough bits, and I really enjoyed your thorough explanation of the whole creative process on this piece.


 
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Posted: 2006-09-27 11:56 pm   Permalink

Dude, you don't know how much GROG hate you. Everytime GROG feel like GROG has some smidgeon of talent, some motherf***er like you comes along and knocks GROG's dick-in-the-dirt.
Holy crap you do some awesome stuff.

Congratulations on the article in the last Tiki Magazine.

GROG already pissed about how good you are, now if you don't share more pics of your art, you're going to piss GROG off even more.

If anybody wants art supplies, just swing by GROG's house and check GROG's trash cans because GROG is throwing away all of GROG's art supplies.The bonfire in the backyard is all of GROG's artwork, so please don't call the fire department until it has sufficiently burned.

Great stuff! ( You bastard!)





 
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Posted: 2006-09-28 12:07 am   Permalink

This is some cool mojo going down right here !!! Tiki shark you are bedazzlin and hypnotyzin' us with your "ghost shark technique" Your Kung Fu is most humbling.

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Posted: 2006-09-28 12:43 am   Permalink

thats ripping style

 
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Posted: 2006-09-28 03:59 am   Permalink

Shark, your art rocks!!! I thought the shark looked cool with just the luminant electric lines going through him/her. Awesome entry! Keep em coming. Welcome to TC!!!


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