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Sharbat Gula by kayleighmc Sharbat Gula by kayleighmc
Afghan Girl.
One of the most recognizable portraits of all time. Sharbat Gula was living as a refugee with her grandmother and siblings in Pakistan, as her parents were killed in the Soviet Strike.

Featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic,. The photograph was taken when she was around 12 years old.

9h, 5b, 6b, 8b graphite pencils and I definitely started this in August u_u Procrastination at its finest.

Art Kayleigh McIntosh
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:iconkonbon:
konbon Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, and to get such depth with graphite pencils!  :)
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sDoost Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work ;)
Featured in :icontraditional--realism:
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Oscarliima Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice work
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THank you!
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:iconariba-05:
Ariba-05 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Love how you added your own details to it making it look better than the reference!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I really liked the eyes so I figured I would contrast them/bring them to focus as much as I could get away with just because I loved them so much.
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Ariba-05 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Cool.you very well succeeded on that! :#1:
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:iconviolet2424:
violet2424 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow!!! AMAZING! :D
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks you so much :)
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:iconfabien-s:
fabien-s Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Great portrait!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:icongabarel:
GabarEl Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful job!!!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug:
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OonaghAncaireBattle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
Your work has been featured here: [link] :)
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, thanks!
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OonaghAncaireBattle Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconblablach:
Blablach Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great ! So realistic
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconsalmerai:
Salmerai Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Student
wonderful <3
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank yoU!
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:iconscoobylady:
scoobylady Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Lovely :D
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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01vultur01 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great portrait...Congrats, and about the girl when its more war than love in the world this happens
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. And yes, the world can be a very cruel place.
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krzysiek-jac Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
FANTASTIC!!!!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkrzysiek-jac:
krzysiek-jac Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
You're welcome;)
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thanhphucluong Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
The texture is impressive!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I always find myself struggling with human portraits because the texture of the skin is so....weird lol
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Ghoghnous Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best I've seen so far , well done .
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, thank you. That means so much to me!
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:iconsdoost:
sDoost Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow I didnt notice first that this is traditional art! really well done! ;)
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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RainbowSyrup Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
WOW! her eyes *-* I love how you made it a dark balck and white effect...it makes it look very haunted and beautiful. :D
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! I really wanted to make sure I got the eyes right :heart:
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RainbowSyrup Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
NOOOOO the eyes are like... OMG!!!! its literally breathtakingg
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Shelleymags Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
breathtaking!
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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Fairox Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am Afghan and I love it <3
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! That's great to hear :la:
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tuntuni Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant ! :love:
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :la:
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:iconbodeen27:
Bodeen27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
You've Captured that Brilliantly! ;)
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I really hoped I did the photo justice :)
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:iconbodeen27:
Bodeen27 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
Yep! You certainly did it Justice! ;)
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aymenjoe Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*hug*
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anitramj Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The original photo is amazing... and you managed to draw it perfectly! well done :)
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:iconkayleighmc:
kayleighmc Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!!
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