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Cancer by JoeMacGown Cancer by JoeMacGown
I started the piece by applying watercolor washes to a piece of cold press illustration board, the nice thick stuff. Then, started adding detail with a Koh-i-noor Rapidograph pen. Came back with some colored pencil, and some more pen. The picture was originally 24 X 30 inches, but I did not like some areas, so cropped it to the final size of 15 X 15 inches. This may sound crazy, but it was not really unusual for me, as I have done this same thing many times. Sometimes, the entire image just does not work for me, but there may be something salvageable. Anyway, in this case, I thought it was appropriate that I cut away a large portion of a drawing called Cancer. To me, this was similar to the way in which we often try to treat cancer, continuously cutting it away, but often not getting it all. Maybe this was a dark topic, I don't know. Many people tell me that my art is dark, but I don't usually feel that way about it. However, this one is not really happy and is about the insidious growth of cancer both physically in our bodies and metaphorically in our society.

Update: I entered this piece in the Cotton District Arts Festival Juried Competition held on April 20, 2013 in Starkville, MS. It was accepted and won Best of Show!
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very nicely done of course!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Deborah. 
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I liked it before too, always
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novus41 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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novus41 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you`re welcome
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Think this is an amazing translation!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, 
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yw
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
very good....and congrats
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