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The "Lurid" Tiki Art of Brad (Tiki Shark) Parker
Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2006-09-28 07:51 am   Permalink

Awesome work and great step by step pix! I was camping in Olympic natl. park on the WA coast one time and whenever we went near the site of an old Makah Indian longhouse that had been found buried under an ancient mudslide an albino deer would appear and stay around the site as long as we were there. My friend and I thought it was the spirit gaurdian. Although not a ghost shark, your painting reminds me of that deer.

 
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jpmartdog
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Joined: Mar 27, 2005
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From: Amesbury, Mass
Posted: 2006-09-28 08:22 am   Permalink

Dude - I'm with grog - it's time for this tiki to rethink all that I thought I am. If that makes any sense. Really Great Work! So here are my questions - What size is the piece? What are you painting on?, What kind of paint?, Brushes or airbrush or both? As you block in each region of the sketch(line drawing) with paint how the hell do you keep it from looking like paint by number. I can see color gradients in the sky but can't see the steps between solid color and the gradient - is it a wetblend or transparent overlays of color. Just ignore me if I talk to much! Awesome painting!
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Tiki Shark Art
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
Posts: 3502
From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-28 12:20 pm   Permalink

Thanks every one for the kind words. Hewey, Paipo, Sleestak, Mctiki, Really really nice!
Grog, that is best and funniest complement I've ever received. Especially after I spent several minutes staring at the chrome Franken Maoi at Tikis and Terrors II - that's a fantastic piece!


Jpmartdog - it's 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas. Brushes ruined after I forgot to wash em out right. and, well, the pics may actually make it seem a bit more blended due to their low res. If you see it in person you'll get a better sense of the brush work, and color separation. I don't try for complete photorealism - I don't have the Patience. (or spare time).

Chongolio - Thanks! Hey Ken and I were talking about Hawaiian ghost stories, and the meaning of the ghost shark. I understand that an amakua is a family guardian nature spirit in Hawaiian culture. I suppose that's what the shark is. My friend Sam lives in Kaaawa on Oahu, and has lots of ghost stories! Like the time when he was younger, and he and a friend were pursued down an old dirt road one night, by a 7 foot tall pig-man with glowing red eyes!

Sneaky Tiki, that's a cool story! It reminds me of another Hawaiian ghost story. About 7 years ago, one full moon night, me and two friends jumped the chain ( it's closed at night) and walked up to the light house that's on that prominent point north of Honolulu, you know, past Diamond head? Anyways we get all the way up to the observation area at the top. It's a spectacular view. The night sky and the ocean blend together in an amazing breath taking view. Then, some THING flies past us. We all jumped out of our skins. We thought, hey was that a owl? A bat? None of us had had a good look, and couldn't tell what it was. It seemed so big. Really big. Man sized. No, it could not have been THAT big. Then, it flew past, much closer. To my eyes, it looked like an amorphous dragon like thing - writhing wildly, about the size of a horse! We yelled and made back down the path double quick. Each of us were saying things like "What the hell was that?" "Just a bat, right? A bat the size of a dodge!" "Do you see it back there? Is it following us?" "Was that as big as I thought it was?" We were all laughing by the time we got back to the car, but there was no way any of us were going up there again!

Anyways, I'm gittin' back to work. I'll post the next painting too, as I do it.
Thanks!
Mahalo!

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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: 2006-09-28 3:36 pm   Permalink

I almost forgot to mention, that the ghost shark painting will be up for sale at my art show on Nov 19th in Toluca Lake California. I have a posting on the California events forum. Here's da address to dat thread...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=20878&forum=17&0

Thanks~
Tiki Shark
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Capt'n Skully
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Joined: May 28, 2005
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From: The Lost Lagoon
Posted: 2006-09-28 4:59 pm   Permalink

That's a beauty- Nice work!!

 
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Tiki Duddy
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
Posts: 759
From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2006-09-28 6:41 pm   Permalink

man that shark is awsome man. i liked it through every one of your steps. great job with the glowing ghostly look

great stuff
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little lost tiki
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Joined: Jun 12, 2006
Posts: 7581
From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2006-09-28 8:14 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad!
Love the other work as well!
Especially this one!

It looks like a gift from Pele-a molten Pineapple! You can feel the cold air and the breeze,but you're not cold 'cause that hot-blooded pineapple is acting like a space heater! Great colors too!
That story you mentioned sounds like it could have been a few things.Do you know about Cryptozoology? It's the study of strange/rare/extinct/legendary animals from the point of view of speculation tempered with what we know from animal science. I've noticed that ,if you look at a globe and break it into horizontal bands-latitudes,I think,you'll find out that within those are certain climates(farther and closer to the equator).
Well I noticed that, for instance-Nessie, Ogopogo,Champy,are located around the same temperate band. Thunderlizards,Pteradons-sightings of those have been in our lower Southwest all the way down to South America...Hawaii, I believe is around that zone! Africa and South America has some weird stuff still hiding in the wild. Maybe you saw that! Check World Explorer Club-they put out a great mag (they have a compilation of a bunch of issues and a BIG article on Thunderbird-Lizards-Pteradons Vol1 No7 I can let you borrow mine!)
Here's the link to their site!
http://wexclub.com
the site's okay-the magazine is RAD!They have an HQ in Illinois, so I'd love to see that next I visit the Homeland... You may also want to check into the Julsrud/Acambaro figurines that were unearthed (about 50,000)
that show all the races plus bigfoots and pleisaurs(sp?) and human-dinosaur interaction...Strange stuff!. I could go on for hours! Researching stuff is another side-effect of my "condition."
And lastly, you may have seen a dragon. Here's a photo taken in 2004 by a gentleman flying over the Himalayans....

WTF,man,WTF? Wow! Glad there's still areas of mystery in this world! Why don't you paint or draw that thing you saw? Would like to see that! Mahalo TikiShark!
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-28 11:04 pm   Permalink

LLT,
Wow, neat photo! Dragons? You never know! Not sure what I saw. Glad you like the magic pineapple! I'll be sketching tomorrow, I'm almost caught up with my other work.
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hewey
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Joined: Sep 14, 2004
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-09-29 12:21 am   Permalink

hey man

Just checking out your website - very nice man

LOVE the flaming skeleton tiki playing the spades on the drum!

I also realise you're the person responsilbe for the awesome black and white add I spied in Tiki Magazine with the lovely (but unimpressed looking) wahine being carried by a tiki - LOVED that very first time I saw it

Looking forward to seeing some more paintings
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GROG
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Joined: Jun 21, 2006
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2006-09-29 09:35 am   Permalink

Brad,

Looking forward to seeing your show in November in Toluca Lake.

I'm Glad you like the Frankenmoai.I've still got to post some more photos of that baby all polished up.

Hey Ken,I'm willing to bet money that Bigfoot will be the first Cryptid proven real.
www.bfro.net Too much evidence and too many sightings.

Ernie



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IsleConch
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Joined: Jun 04, 2006
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From: Satellite Beach, FL
Posted: 2006-09-29 4:37 pm   Permalink

WOW..now that's something nobody can copy..EXCELLENT !!

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-29 6:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks -
Here's that drummer. One of these days I'm going to finish the whole card deck.

What's funny is I was sketching for the next painting , and I found this older sketch for the ghost shark painting.

Guess the original idea was he's "swimming" through a bunch of Tikis.
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-09-30 11:51 pm   Permalink

Here's the sketch for the next painting.

Here it is transfered to a 24 x 30 canvas.

I made some changes as I transfered it. I added the lizard, cause Ken was talking about dragons - and I figured it'd be neat to add that kind of mojo into this somehow. Yeah, I know. It's looking alot like the last painting. Well, actually it sort of looks alot like the last several works. I had in mind that this would be a series called "mystic tikis", and that there would be 13 paintings in it. I'm trying not to over think it, but let it flow. Right now they are all about that dramatic under lighting on a tiki.
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Queen Kamehameha
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2006-10-01 12:14 pm   Permalink

beautiful work, your use of shadowing and light is amazing, beautiful!


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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2006-10-01 6:25 pm   Permalink

Thanks Queen Kamehameha!

Here's the color sketch.
I was going to have a brighter yellow orange lanky could in the sky again. But my friend the Puzzle Master (http://www.fools-errand.com/) rightly pointed out that in the last painting the yellow cloud fought for attention with the glowing shark. So, in this one the sky will be mostly purples, with some orange but no yellows. For the skull to really seem like it's glowing, it has to be the brightest object in the scene, or so the color theory goes.

Tiki Shark~
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