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Afghan Girl by AmBr0 Afghan Girl by AmBr0
Sharbat Gula (Pashto: شربت ګله, literally "Girl of the world") is an Afghan woman who was the subject of a famous photograph by journalist Steve McCurry. Gula was living as a refugee in Pakistan during the time of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when she was photographed. The image brought her recognition when it was featured on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic Magazine at a time when she was approximately 12 years old. Gula was known throughout the world simply as "the Afghan Girl" until she was formally identified in early 2002. The photograph has been likened to Leonardo da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa and is sometimes popularly referred to as "the Afghan Mona Lisa".

:bulletblue:2H, HB, B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B Woodless graphite 8B
:bulletblue:Kneaded Eraser
:bulletblue:Electric eraser
:bulletblue:Mars rasor
:bulletblue:reference Steve McCurry

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jimvida Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful, beyond words!
MedeaSafir Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow one of the best i ever saw of her on dA :heart:
you did grat! you always do :D
Renzo1991 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
MichaelVance-ART Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, that girl... with the wild, intense stare. Cool!
Lelu-99 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student Photographer
Wordless, i love Steve Mccurry.
 Your are awesome, really

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AmBr0 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Gracias! :thanks: Steve Mccurry es un grande.
Nestor-Pavlovsky Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank You)
Azuspt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Very well done! I have a painting of it also in my gallery. :)
royafa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Her eyes...This is just breathtaking! You are an amazing artist!
passion-fruit-12 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
hi, just wanted to say that u are an AMAZING artist, so much so that I used this drawing of urs as a reference for my drawing. Please check it out and give me some tips and pointers. Much appreciated. Thank you

deer-o Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Photographer
heh, brilliant done! It's probably the most popular girl in the world :D
calixtovaz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student General Artist
of all the designs that I've seen this girl this is the best
Whit3NBlack Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think NatGeo should print this one as their anniversary issue cover of the original photograph !!
steepedinwords Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
omg... her eyes...
LubnaQanber Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING JOB!!!!! Honestly I watched your entire gallery it's a great fantastic fabulous work!!
I don't think that there's any body who can draw that perfect!! thank you for the description I enjoyed it : )
BeyondJen Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely beautiful. You are incredibly skilled. I'm in awe.
Henry1993bc Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Really amazing
Sarahharas07 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
pmolfese Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is really, really good. I drew this same girl also - not nearly as good as yours. you captured her eyes beautifully. her eyes are her.
ChinaJB Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, nice drawing. Made a painting myself of the same girl. Thank you for the story. I was ont aware she is called the "Afgan Mona Lisa".
CaveElf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for sharing. I see great apprehension in that face and such awful sadness. This was done just in pencil? You are an absolutely remarkable artist. Can you spare some talent because I'm in desperate need of some and you've obviously got more than enough to spare because you are amazing.
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
Thanks a lot!:thanks: Yes, only graphite pencil. I think I'm not so particularly talented.
Dozerson Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Powerful subject matter and amazing drawing. Do you have any tips from one artist to another.
p4trycha Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Three words: I am speechless.
Liivucs Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing... looks so much alive and her eyes, penetrating.
croatian-artist-girl Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perfect!! eyes looks so stunning 8)
RaniGirl Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
longe live afghanistan
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawings!
SammyWammyBoy Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought it was a real pic that's why I opened it =| it's unbelievably detailed! Kudos Man!
KarmaWhisper Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist
magnificent :love:
crissyb1988 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing! cant stop staring into the eyes
penner03 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought this was a picture...... mind. blown.
gnohz Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh my, this really gave me goosebumps!!! :wow:
This must be a black-white photo :D
Keep up the stunning work! :)
ThestralWizard Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a big fan of this photo... recently I found out her name! It's Sharbat Gula, and by the time this picture was taken she was 13 years-old!
dev-shooter Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're a master in copying photos into drawings. The detail is just the same as in original photo...
Tavia-chan Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Your art has been featured in my journal: [link]
I hope you do not mind. :heart:
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
On the contrary! I'm very grateful, love it! :+fav::thanks:
Coreative Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
her expression is wonderfu! great drawing! :)
I'm really amazed.
shazanne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Now this is my all time favourite National Geographic photo cover. The girls eyes are just incredible and you have captured all the elements. Her eyes tell such a story and I cannot believe how you have captured that so perfectly.
boxedinn Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! perfection...
Barbara-Lopes Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011   Artist
this is really great
MariaPereira Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Student General Artist
This... I can't even describe what I think!!! :faint: :heart:
Stolvezen Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's realy wonderful, I can nearly see her green eyes even if they are in grey :clap: You're just amasing !
ammoryyy Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW man I`m speechless you are a king...the textures the sepia tone the eye greenish tinge are awesome I love you
Annezon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are just amazing! I've always loved this photograph and your drawing is so perfectly done with the sepia tones and just a hint of color in her eyes. BEAUTIFUL!!!!:heart::love::tighthug:
GloriaDei Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is beautiful with a capital B. Bravo for attempting to render in pencil one of the best-known photos ever--and making it work as a drawing.
Is there actually a slight greenish tinge to her eyes, or am I imagining it?
AmBr0 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
You are right, I thought some colour touch would increase the astonishment sense that the real picture brings to me and it would make highlight the eyes.
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wonderful description, and nice drawing, can I use your detailed description in my post for my artwork rrefrencing this photo? Soon I will be uploading my version of this photo, and you identified it so well. Great job...
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