April 2011

>It’s been a good year ~ Thank you all

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I wanted to take a few moments and thank all of the people who have supported me in the past year. On April 6th, 2010 I entered my first Photoshop contest at FreakingNews.com. I was immediately hooked and began doing photo-manipulations as fast as I could turn them out. I entered 215 contests, most in less than 6 months. On May 30th, 2010 I attempted my first caricature and entered it into a contest. From that day, I knew what I wanted to do and have been working towards it ever since. I have a long way to go and an enormous amount to learn, but I’m doing what I love. Yes, it’s been a good year. I am extremely fortunate to be where I am in such a short period of time. I’m not where I’m headed yet, but I’m on my way. On October 14th, 2010 I started my blog and a Facebook page about the same time. The image below is a jumbled up mess of screen captures with some pretty awesome statistics on my Blog, Facebook, Linkedin etc. and glimpses into a few places I can be found on the web. All achieved in 1 year with your support. Please click the image below to view full.
  
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Here are a few interesting facts about what, with your support, you guys have helped me achieve in 1 year.
My Blog has 77,300+ hits and 450+ total followers from 152 Nations since October. WOW! I have 1,865+ Facebook Friends in the same period of time. I also just started a Facebook Fan Page in February and it already has 200+ Likes. I have 1,200+ direct business connections at Linkedin, which I just joined on October 31st 2010. I have 400+ DeviantArt.com Followers since August 2010. The support has been incredible. I have been commissioned by Bauer Media Group UK to do 10 Photo-Manipulated Caricature Illustrations for FHM Magazine and Tennis Magazine in the past 4 months. An absolutely unbelievable break for me and so soon. The following are links to some of my online portfolios I’ve built in the past year also with your support:

Facebook Personal Page
Facebook Fan Page
DeviantArt
Behance Network
NetworkedBlogs
TalentHouse
Linkedin
Flickr Photostream
Wittygraphy The Caricature Community
ISCA
YouTube Channel
Myspace
and about 40 other blogs / portfolios / listings which can be found on my Google Profile.

I owe all of you, my friends a debt of gratitude. I have had tremendous support everywhere I’ve been and as you can see, accomplished a good bit in 1 year. Thanks so much to all of you who have given me the support and encouragement to push on. I thank you in advance for your continued support as I learn from the masters and grow as an artist. I have met far too many good friends to count along the way and I hope to make many more. Yes, it’s been a good year and I am the luckiest man in the world, but 2011 is going to be even better so don’t go anywhere.

I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

>Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

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Tonight I decided to go ahead a do Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg at the request of several friends over the past months. I’ve posted the original source image below as well as a short video interview of this very young, very rich man.
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>FHM Magazine / Totti & Panucci ~ "Excuses"

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Tonight I’m posting mildly manipulated caricatures of Francesco Totti and Christian Panucci of Italy’s team, which are part of a two-page spread illustration I did for FHM Magazine. Below is a rough layout of the illustration. They haven’t sent me a copy of the magazine yet, so I don’t know exactly how it came out. The theme was “The 25 Best Excuses Of All Time”. Tottie was quoted blaming his poor performance on his shoes hurting his feet and Panucci was quoted blaming his poor performance on the thread in his socks being too rough. This was the job OI was suppose to get free reins on…Not hardly. They provided the faces and the bodies. There was no freedom and as some of the other jobs, required very mild caricature.
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>Happy Easter

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Happy Easter everyone! Have a great day!

>Artist Feature ~ BRAD KUNKLE ~ LIGHT & LEAF

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B R A D   K U N K L E  ~  L I G H T  &  L E A F
“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” ~ Pablo Picasso
“…the mission of the artist in an overtechnologized, overmasculanized society was to call the old magic back to life.” ~ Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All
Born in rural Pennsylvania, Brad Kunkle spent his younger years exploring and romanticizing the beauty of the sparse countryside and the deep forests around him.  From an early age he was drawn to the worlds of Maxfield Parrish and the Pre-Raphaelites –worlds, he says, “where a subtle, supernatural beauty seems to be hiding under the breath of women –worlds where something beyond our natural perception is waiting to be found.”
He studied painting at Kutztown University mostly under George Sorrels, who was taught by a pupil of the 19th century Academic painter, William Adolphe Bougereau.   His minimal palette is inspired by the grisailles of early European masters and the haunting quality of antique photographs and daguerreotypes.
As a decorative painter in his mid twenties, he leafed entire walls in copper.  Beguiled by the shifting, life-like nature of the surfaces, Brad began to incorporate gilding in his work, which provided the unreal quality he had been looking for to convey his moody, romantic ideas of human nature and ritual.
Brad’s work has appeared on the covers of International Artist and American Art Collector magazine as well as in Fine Art Connoisseur, American Arts Quarterly and Kunst.  His world premiere solo exhibition sold out opening night in April of 2010 at Arcadia Fine Arts in New York City.
LIGHT & LEAF ~ The surfaces of these oil paintings are embellished with genuine gold and silver leaf. These precious metals are used as symbolic elements as well as visual instruments to interact with the viewer’s movements and environment. The leafed areas will shift with the intensity of light in a space, or as one simply walks across the room.
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email:   arcadiafa@aol.com     telephone:   212.965.1387
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>Napoleon Sarkozy

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Tonight I have a manipulated caricature of French President Nicolas Sarkozy as Napoleon Bonaparte in the famous painting by French Painter Jacques-Louis David, which was requested by a dear friend of mine from France. This one’s for you Sylvia! I tried to find a French poodle in keeping with the French theme but couldn’t find any good ones. I altered the painting just a bit as well as I did Sarkozy who made a great model. I had a lot of fun with the body and the puppy. I couldn’t resist the puppy epaulettes. I hope he likes it. Sorry I couldn’t do the First Lady Sylvia, she’s just too pretty. I’ve posted the source images below.

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