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Elviki, by Cindy Crowell

Elviki is the creation of Cindy Crowell.  Here's the history of this cool tiki, in Cindy's words:  "Elviki came about from the single post-it that's now in your collection, it was just done as a joke when I was bored at work one day. But everyone loved the idea so much that I ended up doing more with him, including the strip that appeared in Tiki News #12. David Krys of DSK Designs saw that strip and contacted me about doing the resin statues, of which there have been 3 runs now.  He is currently in negotiations to do some more Elviki products, so stay tuned!

"As for my personal background, I am a professional animator who has worked for Disney, Warner Brothers, and a bunch of people you never heard of.  My credits include WB's Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Taz-Mania, Space Jam, & Quest for Camelot; several CD-ROM games for Disney interactive; and an animated CLERKS short for Kevin Smith. I have also contributed to a bunch of obscure comic collections and served time as a tattoo artist.  I am currently working in stained glass, you can check out my website at www.ink-stained.com. I also take commissions, in drawing or glass."

Check out some of Cindy's great Elviki art below (including an actual Elviki tiki)!

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  Non-photo blue pencil on 12 1/2" x 10 1/2" punched animation paper.  As described by Cindy:  "This is an animation-style "model sheet" showing him in various different angles, expressions, etc.  There is also a list of Hawaiian words at the bottom, apparently I was brainstorming ideas for something."

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  Non-photo blue pencil on 12 1/2" x 10 1/2" punched animation paper.  As described by Cindy:  "This is a preliminary rough sketch for the characters in the 4-panel comic (Elviki and a hula girl statue.).  The dialogue for the strip is also written on the page."

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  Non-photo blue pencil on 12 1/2" x 10 1/2" punched animation paper.  As described by Cindy:  "This is the rough sketch for the finished 4-panel comic strip which appeared in tiki news #12."

 

      

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  As described by Cindy:  "These are a couple of small but important drawings.  The colored image is the one I used for my Elviki tattoo (pictured in tiki news #12.) it measures 3 x 5" and was hand-colored with markers and ink.  The other one is the post-it that started it all!  Done on the job when I was bored so many years ago, it depicts a pompadour-ed Moai that evolved into Elviki."

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  As described by Cindy:  "[This sketch] is from when I was still developing the character, playing with the final look. (I went with the one on the right.)"

 

Reverse of Elviki development sketches.  It appears that the pompadour from the front side was traced on the back.

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  As described by Cindy:  "[This ] sketch is just [Elviki] on a surfboard, nothing more significant about it."  I like this one as it goes along with the other Hawaii themed original art that I have in the webcomic section.

 

Original Elviki art by Cindy Crowell.  Copyright Cindy Crowell.  Non-photo blue pencil on 8 1/2" x 11" paper.  As described by Cindy:  "This is the sketch that was used to make the label for the Elviki box."

 

The Elviki tiki box front, signed by Cindy Crowell.  This was a limited 10th Anniversary edition, and only 250 were made.

 

       

The Elviki tiki itself!  Cool beans.

 

Bottom of the Elviki tiki, signed by Cindy Crowell.

 

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