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Afghan Girl by PumpkinJack6
Afghan Girl
Here's my attempt at copying the famous portrait of an Afghan girl by Steve McCurry for National Geographic magazine. The painting is done in acrylic on canvas. This is my first attempt at painting a portrait and I'm generally pleased with how it turned out. Yeah, it doesn't quite look like the girl in the photo but it does look like a girl and I feel I captured the essence of the expression so those were successes. I still haven't mastered resemblance yet. Hopefully, this will be the start of a series of portraits since I've been spending years drawing faces but only now trying to translate that interest to painting. I used one base color, pale terracotta, for the skin tone. Really, I just didn't want to mix up a skin tone color again and again as I messed with the features. Having a good base for skin tone helped me get through the facial features without having to redo them too many times. I know I still got the nose wrong but at least it looks like a human nose. For now, that's enough.
Frederick Farmhouse by PumpkinJack6
Frederick Farmhouse
This is a watercolor painting of a farm in Frederick, Maryland, that I did as part of a VisArts painting class in Rockville. This might be my most successful watercolor painting. I stayed away from the pre-mixed paint tray even though it had a lot of options since all the colors tended to look the same. Instead I used the tube paints and mixed up the variations myself. That seems to have given the picture more character. I like how most of the colors are subdued but then there's this strong red for the farmhouse roofs to grab your attention.
Le Chat Noir by PumpkinJack6
Le Chat Noir
My rendition of the classic Art Nouveau print, "Le Chat Noir" by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. Of course, I've substituted my own tortoiseshell cat, Juno. Done in acrylic on canvas.
Woman With A Parasol by PumpkinJack6
Woman With A Parasol
My rendition of Monet's "Woman with a Parasol". Done in acrylic. This one was a lot of fun to attempt. I feel like I'm gaining a better appreciation of the impressionists as I try to recreate their work. I tried to use a little color vibration with the pink and blue in the woman's dress to give it a sense of complexity more than it really has (got that idea from Stapleton Kearns' blog).
Reclining Man - Sculpture
Here's the second sculpture that I finished in my class at VisArts in Rockville, Maryland. I think the seated lady was a greater success than this one but it was a great learning experience to attempt.


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I am:
- an artist
- a ukulele player
- a photographer
- a writer
- a reader
- a critic
- a birder
- a chess player
- a Scrabble player
- a ballroom dancer
- a cat owner
- a software engineer
- a husband

Favourite genre of music: Metal, Bluegrass, Rock
Favourite photographer: Me
Favourite style of art: Comic book
Operating System: Windows XP
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Wallpaper of choice: Something spooky or a vacation photo
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin
Personal Quote: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. - Einstein

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ashlee1203 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

here you go. hope you like it :D
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KW-Scott Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much for the :+fav: :D
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kuabci Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the watch and the faves!
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giulal Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
thanx 4 the fave :D
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EarlyApplesMagee Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks for favoring my drawing!
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