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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: 2013-06-29 3:43 pm   Permalink

tigertail777 - thanks... yeah, once again, last night, I lay in bed staring at the ceiling thinking about this painting. I may have to do some re-working on the tikis.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-06-29 3:44 pm   Permalink

MEANWHILE.....


"What's that? An Art emergency at the Wyland Gallery? Quick! To the Tiki-Batmobile!"

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"Brad Parker creates lurid paintings that pull in influences from tiki, comics, and rock."
- Honolulu Magazine "The Best Of" 2012 Issue

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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-06-29 4:54 pm   Permalink

Aloha tiki Tribe. Yeah I'm fighting with this painting. Something is wrong with it. I had a big group art show here on the island. Local artist showcase. I was talking with some other artists. Kind of a rare thing - artists are kind of isolated creatures. We work in art studios for hours on end with out ( we hope) interruption from the out side world, trying to figure out what is wrong with our latest painting. At least I do. And A few other artists, I know do too. I got a card in da' mail. It has a Thomas Kinkade painting on the front. Sheesh, what ever his rep, the guy sure did know about lighting. And that is what a lot of what 'm trying to do is about dramatic lighting. I do have the correct lighting elements set up for dramatic lighting. I think... Sunset, back lighted... darker figures, with strong fill lights hitting them )the two tikis) from the (uber ever present low-brow light source: the upper left hand corner). So it should be working. The city should be back lit - windows ablaze. darkening twilight coming in from the edges framing the subject matter. I always like to take that "low-brow upper left had light source" and make it into the obvious spot pith, showing it on the ground as well as the subject. I think this is a fun trick to make something seem more dimensional. painting a 2-D plane into a 3D illusion. Making it look like a "THING" is sitting right there on a "PLACE". Well, why are my art "good" gut feelings not "there" yet? Perhaps I gotta check some sketches, or make some new sketches of the Tikis. Tiki structure is so freakin' important. I think these don't hit the right "tiki" buttons somehow. Hmmmmm.... more artist suffering later... I think I gotta sketch a bit now to work this out...
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GROG
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From: Tujunga
Posted: 2013-06-29 6:00 pm   Permalink

Photoshop thumbnails.

It's quick. You can experiment with a number of solutions without committing to one. You can combine elements from different thumbnails until you get one you like.

The old master painters, illustrators, artists, etc. did some pretty darned finished thumbnails before they did their final paintings. GROG saw a Drew Struzan art show and it had some of his thumbnail paintings he did in preparation for his final illustrations and they were little masterpiece illustrations in themselves. They called 'em thumbnails or color sketches because they were smaller, faster little paintings and sketches working out the colors, forms, lighting etc. before doing the final piece.

Look how finished Leyendecker's rough color sketches were:



And now with Photoshop, you can change things and try out different colors and stuff pretty quickly.




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Atomic Tiki Punk
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2013-06-29 7:18 pm   Permalink

Hey Brad, for what it is worth (your a far better artist then I)
the painting is off balance, very much to the left city scape side, I think there is
to much detail in the shark/roof Tiki bar area that strongly draws the eye to it and away from the foreground.

The foreground Tikis become the secondary objects, maybe a fire or Tiki torch to the right of the front group of Tikis
with some flame providing a subtle lighting affect on the face of the Tikis from the right side?

just my 2 cents.....


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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From: The volcanic Big Island of Hawaii
Posted: 2013-06-29 11:47 pm   Permalink

Thanks Grog! Thank Atomic tiki Punk! I dig it. LOVE feed back from my fellow tiki artists. Really helps. Yes... thumb nails in photoshop is a very good idea. I did a lota sketching today too. Gonna post 'em. It was Hot as a freakin' HAwaiian Underground Oven in my studio today and I felt like a Kalua Pig all day. Some of the sketches are a hoot. Yeah ... all good advise too! Awesome. Thanks. It is way off balance. I've been thinking of a tropical flower in the lower right...but a tiki torch is a very cool idea. Thanks. U guys RAWK!

 
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Posted: 2013-06-30 01:53 am   Permalink

Brad, you one of the good ones, man! and a true professional.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-06-30 03:13 am   Permalink

ATP - You guys really are the best - Tiki Central is a resource like no other. I am one lucky son-of-a-gun to have you. Big Mahalo! OK. Here's one of teh sketches I did today... not to be used, but funny.

 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-06-30 03:15 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki Tribe. Here's another Sketch...that is... well... it 's just "WRONG" in many many ways. IT might be an interesting idea for a "Low-Brow" painting further down the road. But not this painting. It's a hoot and I think you might think I lost m,y mind...hey it was darned hot in my studio today...
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Posted: 2013-06-30 03:16 am   Permalink



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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-06-30 03:17 am   Permalink

OKAY here is a sketch That I will use as ref for the left tiki.

Thank the Tiki gods for Tiki Central! Hey I know FB has got a bunch of folks on it,
but I can't really get the "GOOD" feed back I need there like I do here.
Big Mahalo!


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danlovestikis
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Posted: 2013-06-30 08:09 am   Permalink

Not only did I get to read your request for help and the answers I found out why my skin is so white. I am not taking off my shirt for a photo but we could be related. When I looked at your city scape painting the off balance effect made me feel as if I were in a dream and that something was about to happen. I felt movement. My mom always said that everyone perceives art differently and that there will always be someone who likes what you have done. But in the end its best to have majority rule. I look forward to seeing how you balance it. We are in a heat wave in California. I worked in a very hot garage yesterday and melted, I hope you have a "cool" day. Cheers, Wendy
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GROG
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Posted: 2013-06-30 10:32 am   Permalink

GROG know you like the monsters, especially Creature from the Black Lagoon. Weekend before last, my friend Charlie was visiting from Texas and we went to visit Bob Burns, an old creature FX guy from way back. He has an awesome home museum collection. This is my second time to visit and I look forward to visiting again. There's SO much stuff, it's hard to take everything in. Plus, we enjoy sitting and talking with Bob and his wife, and hearing all the fun stories so much, that we usually don't spend that much time looking around. GROG found out he had worked on Looney Tunes Back in Action doing some puppetry work, so we had actually worked on a film together, because GROG animated on the film.






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Posted: 2013-06-30 12:25 pm   Permalink

Ernie! is that a full sized "Robbie the Robot" or just the head in your pics?
and what spaceship miniature is in the background, is it from "Alien's"?


 
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Tiki Shark Art
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Posted: 2013-06-30 1:19 pm   Permalink

Thanks Tiki Tribe! GROG - Love Bob Burns! He is a urbqn legend! His tales of fixing his house up for Halloween are hair raising! U lucky Duck! Re working the painting with good advise, thanks every one! more laters!

 
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