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Afghan Girl - Ballpoint Pen on paper.


16-10-2014 Update: I am re-releasing this drawing in a much higher resolution, so people can see its true detail. Enjoy!

I always wanted to draw this ever since I first saw it when I was 8 years old, but kept postponing it because I lacked the skill.

Sharbat Gula (Pashto: شربت ګله‎) (pronounced [ˈʃaɾbat]) (born 1972) 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". Pashtun by ethnicity, Gula was orphaned during the Soviet Union's bombing of Afghanistan and sent to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. Her village was attacked by Soviet helicopter gunships sometime in the early 1980s. The Soviet strike killed her parents, forcing her, her siblings and grandmother to hike over the mountains to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan.

She married in the late 1980s and returned to Afghanistan in 1992. Gula had three daughters: Robina, Zahida, and Alia. A fourth daughter died in infancy. Gula has expressed the hope that her girls will receive the education she was never able to complete.


Took aprox. 120 hours to finish over a period of 40 days. Lost about 30% quality during scanning.

The size is 10" x 8" or 20 cm x 26 cm.
A few wip shots for this drawing: sta.sh/028zeixxvwac
Other wips: sta.sh/0kab8ft93po

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Materials: 8 Bic Cristal Pocket Scents colored ballpoint pens: www.amazon.co.uk/Bic-Cristal-P… also Classic black Bic ballpoint pen and Classic blue Bic ballpoint pen on 300g/m2 A4 smooth paper.

Artwork © Samuel Silva - `VianaArts 2013 All rights reserved.
Reference photo © National Geographic/Steve McCurry All rights reserved. Special written authorization was given to me by Steve McCurry to draw and display this drawing


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:iconpeas23:
peas23 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy shit wow those eyes tho
This actually very realistic, kudos man
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have a super-power, man XD Seriously. 
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mahiyanacarudla Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Wow
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:iconmegsicana:
Megsicana Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You definitely have the skill now!!
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:iconlegonie:
Legonie Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is truly amazing! you did an outstanding job, the picture captures her story really good ^^
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MakoMoonPool Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems so realistic :)
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:iconmychibikitsune:
MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning eyes. :o
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:icontavyrus23:
Tavyrus23 Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AH her eyes
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SweetySetsu Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Waouh *-* It's so beautiful !
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:iconbarbara-art:
barbara-art Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  New Deviant  Traditional Artist
Absolutely mesmerizing piece.
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:iconwateralloveru:
wateralloveru Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
this fuckin amazing.. her eyes are telling everything...so much deep feelings
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:icontaranger:
Taranger Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
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SilentHome Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  New Deviant  Traditional Artist
excellent texture!
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:iconsaibirfan:
SAibIRfan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this seems real, unbelievable man :D
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Bhaskar2312 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
One of the best drawings i have seen of this famous photograph. I have made my own attempt at pencil sketching Sharbat Ghula as well but yours is way better. Please check bhaskarpencil.blogspot.in for my pencil sketch of the Afghan Girl
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JavaBeanJohnny Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy...!!

That's....awesome... OoO
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:iconthe-artist-incognito:
The-Artist-Incognito Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her eyes look like they're staring into your soul. Great Job! You captured her beauty perfectly! 
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AzureScarlette Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i thought the exact same thing!!! wow!!!!
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DenitaTwoDragons Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I am absolutely STUNNED here!! Your work is incredible!! 
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:iconangelx1992:
AngelX1992 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bellisimo. Beautiful <3
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:iconinge3v1l:
inge3v1l Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing!
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:icontonidanielle:
Tonidanielle Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
She had beautiful eyes and you have captured that very well!  
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:iconsweetpie2:
sweetpie2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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RobertoDS Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
amazing rendition of the popular photo!
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:iconsaffronbreeze:
SaffronBreeze Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Your work is remarkable!
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:iconthe-kinslayer:
the-kinslayer Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING
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LadyKylin Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
I would love to see you do a video of how you do the amazingness you do. I understand that you use ball point pens, I just don't understand how you get it to look like that. It blows my mind.

Also proof that a great artist can do great things with pretty much anything.
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FlorQueDaFulgor Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
it's wonderful
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sandman2309 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
your talent is god like, steve mccurry would love this you should send him a copy, i met him not too long back too, great guy, great life
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nikonf3user Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
like you i have known this photograph since it first appeared on the cover of national geographic and have it on my studio wall you may like to have a look at a photograph by senju-hime.deviantart.com/ called one life; there is a great similarity in the facial expression and being darker closer to the original Afgan girl photograph. awesomw as your copy is it is a bit lighter than the original but you have caotured the saddness in the eyes stunningly thank you for sharing your talent. best wishes Tony
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Irishk9 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Still love its crispness and clarity
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:iconprechoco:
prechoco Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Very beautiful!! <3
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:iconkondratij:
Kondratij Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Cool.
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pietervandenbroek Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dear Samuel, thanks for sharing this high resolution update!
Your art is realy very impressing, and stimulating for other artists.
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Opheliac-noire Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is truly amazing. it is am amazing photograph, and you managed to do it justice :clap:
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:iconbaekrang:
BaekRang Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh i saw that like picture on Natgeo :3 wowo I really like you!!
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philippeL Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really spot-on!!!
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:iconmaliciousjohn:
MaliciousJohn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're LYING. This can't be ballpoint... How did y..? *faints
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Godofpen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3 Like always. Much love and respect.
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:iconklenesk:
Klenesk Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, NOW you're just showing off.
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:icondunderhonung:
Dunderhonung Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Whoa, ballpoint?!
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:icon321engage:
321Engage Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those eyes are something else man. Great job!
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:iconartsy-hamsters:
artsy-hamsters Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
why are you sooooo good?
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fotoasylum Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Simply Stunning!!!!
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:iconpsychedeliczen:
psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing, still cannot believe what you can do with ballpoints!  :D
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Hime-Takamura Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay this has got to be witchcraft. How can you be this talented??
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FilipaP Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Está fantástico! O tecido, os olhos, o brilho...! estou sem palavras!
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KalmanHukka Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
120 Hours ???? o.0 *dies*

You have a lot of patience.
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VianaArts Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally uncalled for. Read the descriptions, pal. sta.sh/028zeixxvwac
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