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Keeping velvet tiki art alive...? TWO PIECES ARE WRAPPED! YEAH!
tikiskip
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Joined: Nov 26, 2005
Posts: 2812
Posted: 2011-07-30 8:21 pm   Permalink

Robb so good to see you back, and on velvets!
You are so good at this stuff.
To change is like picasso not painting to become a chef.
Those velvets look GREAT!
And I love the one you did for me.
Hope all is well, Happy Summer!!!!!


 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
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From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2011-07-31 12:42 am   Permalink

Just outstanding work, It looks like you have a cool Mid Century Modern place there too.

 
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
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From: Ohio
Posted: 2011-07-31 4:47 pm   Permalink

Zerostreet - thank you, I'm gonna try to keep it revving.

Tiki Skip - I appreciate it. Doing your sign was one unique experience, I loved stretching my creative muscles like that.

Chuck Tatum - Thanks so much. My house is subtle Mid Century. I try to keep it out of the Atomic Ranch "turned up to 11", range. I love that look, but wouldn't want it to kill my Zen buzz.
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-08-15 2:18 pm   Permalink

Got my Tiki Magazine in the mail today! Was excited to go though it to find my Tiki Tower ad. Was very surprised to see and read that great article on you and your work! Congrats!
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BigToe
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Joined: Nov 07, 2006
Posts: 716
From: Southern California
Posted: 2011-08-17 10:49 pm   Permalink

aloha Robb,

Congrats on your fantastic feature in Tiki Magazine. your work is looking AMAZING!!!

Looking forward to seeing where you go with the new direction!!

Toes


 
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TikiG
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From: Riverside, California
Posted: 2011-08-19 07:20 am   Permalink

Yeah - what they said...

AGAIN - Congrats on the Tiki Magazine article Robb!
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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: 2011-08-21 12:18 pm   Permalink

Congrats Robb! Finally read your article and i'd say they a did a wonderful job
capturing who you are,
your work ethic,
respect to your art and craftsmanship,
attention to detail
AND study of artists of old....
BUT!!!!!!!
i will always carry a grudge that you
threw away
that panther velvet....
would've looked great in the studio...
Much Kudos...the photos just POPPED off the page..i know the pieces are better in person(no gloss stock sheen) but Tiki Magazine did a great jobcapturing the intensity and detail of your work! BRAVO,buddy!
and thanks for the plug,that was sweet.

now quit restin on them laurels and get some more of those
Admiral Waddlebottom's naturalist paintings DONE!!!!
excited to see more of your work on a gessoed ground....
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Robb Hamel
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Joined: Mar 07, 2008
Posts: 1013
From: Ohio
Posted: 2011-08-23 05:55 am   Permalink

YOU'S GUYS ARE THE GREATEST. I WANNA GIVE A 2,000 MILE GROUP HUG!

Ken - I still haven't seen the interview!




Here is a piece I did specifically for Tiki Magazine:





I've been working on this design off and on for about 10 years. It features a character I conceived and my wife named called Sugar Rush. She is meant to be an action movie character in films combining badass 1970's characters in pulp magazine adventures. I even have a sketch for a movie poster!





I took reference pics of my wife standing in for the character, these are in the foreground. The small sketch the large one is based on is on the easel. The most critical part of this piece is the full-size design sketch. This piece is ALL ABOUT DESIGN.





I use reference materials like a 1970's Sears catalog and watch 1970's blaxploitation films to get the details right...





Details like this Makarov pistol.





I LOVE badass women with big afros. The face is meant to be mostly in shadow, partly so she looks more badass, and partly cause I don't have a model for her face.





I wanted Sugar to have a smaller bust so she'd seem more capable of action scenes, but something about her seemed wrong, so I added a Pam Grier chest and everthing came together!!





The Tiki is small, and being used as an ashtray, so that is probably why Tiki Magazine didn't use this piece.





I would need several masks to do the ball chair. Here I'm beginning to trace one.





The figure is lit by only one light, so it's gotta look realistic.





Imitating real lighting on her skin - WITHOUT REFERENCE PICS! - is a challenge, but the surprise is HOW LONG THIS DAMN KNIT BIKINI TOP TOOK!





Here's some masking being done. Masks on velvet can be Hell on Earth!



I'll try to wrap this up soon, time is short right now - thanks for looking.
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Posted: 2011-08-23 06:59 am   Permalink

That's just wicked good!

 
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Tobor64
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Joined: Jul 13, 2009
Posts: 402
From: Burbank, CA.
Posted: 2011-08-23 11:27 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-08-23 06:59, Chuck Tatum is Tiki wrote:
That's just wicked good!



+1!

Can't wait to see the finished piece.


 
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tigertail777
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Joined: Nov 25, 2004
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From: Oregon
Posted: 2011-08-23 2:33 pm   Permalink

Damn, I used to do frisket masking for airbrush T-shirts, I cannot even imagine how hard it must be for velvet. The concept is awesome for this piece love those old blaxpoitation films: Coffy, TNT Jackson, Foxy Brown, etc. Execution is turning out fantastic can't wait to see the finished piece.

 
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little lost tiki
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From: Orange,CA-right near the Circle!
Posted: 2011-08-23 2:42 pm   Permalink

Cleo would be Proud....



 
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zerostreet
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Posted: 2011-08-23 2:48 pm   Permalink

That is looking so good! Hope to see more steps!!

 
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JOHN-O
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Joined: May 16, 2008
Posts: 2689
From: Dogtown, USA
Posted: 2011-08-23 3:30 pm   Permalink

Nice !! I knew if I waited long enough, my wishes would be granted here on TC.

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=34744&forum=1&vpost=503214


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Swamp Fire
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Joined: Jul 31, 2003
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From: Long Beach, CA
Posted: 2011-08-23 4:23 pm   Permalink


Love the new piece rob!


 
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