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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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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
very nicely done of course!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Deborah. 
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:icondeborah-valentine:
Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I liked it before too, always
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconnovus41:
novus41 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you`re welcome
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:iconshelfcloud:
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Think this is an amazing translation!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, 
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:iconshelfcloud:
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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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
my pleasure
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:iconeroger4:
eroger4 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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feldrand Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
in fact amazing... and cropping pictures is perfectly ok, well done i should say... :D
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, I find myself wanting to crop things more and more. I guess I am often only satisfied with parts of things rather than the whole.
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feldrand Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
you are welcome... :D

oh, maybe then it's nice for you to take a look at my works... i take photos of little parts of things, sometimes "boring" everyday things and work on them thus turning them into something special and pleasant to the eye... :D
:iconsun--plz:
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waxandoil Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
insane!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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:iconsanderjansen:
SanderJansen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013   Traditional Artist
Amazing work Joe!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! would you be interested in doing something with some color in it? I need to send you something, and I am kind of in that mode right now.
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SanderJansen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well that's ok with me but it can take a long time before I can finish something in color and ink because I don't master it like pencil and have to practice and/or draw it first in pencil. It will be a big challenge but leaving the comfort zone can be a good but scary thing ;) Really like your new colored works! You use watercolors right?
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
watercolor, acrylic, colored ink, whatever...no hurry, I have get something started first and that will probably take a while itself;)
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:iconsanderjansen:
SanderJansen Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well I got watercolors. Ok no rush too! Have fun Joe! :)
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Brilliant work, Love the detail and the technique you use. Very effective bud!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks,
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:iconmac2010:
mac2010 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!! :D
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MetaShinryu Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Man, your stuff never ceases to amaze me...

May i ask how long did this one take you?
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
well, thank! I really don't know how long any of these take, to be honest. All I can say is, it took a while!
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think your art is dark but it definitely strikes a deeper meaning upon looking. I think this is really amazing and it's really great that you explained the technique along with the final outcome. Love it!! Hope you're doing well!
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for your comments! Its nice to know what people think. I am doing fine, thanks for asking.
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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mauromrk Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
great!!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks eh!
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:iconmcflyky:
McFlyky Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing!
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks,
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:iconspiritofdarkness:
Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
this is really cool, I can't stop looking at it :)
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ooh, cool. break away, break away....
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Spiritofdarkness Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
:)
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:iconigotsomepopsickles:
Igotsomepopsickles Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very cool.
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:iconjoemacgown:
JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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dholms Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
good grief.
i only read the first half of the description then i made my initial comment.
just read the second half and now i feel like an ass.
a really dumb ass.

profound.
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No, you are right no all counts. Funny little faces, doing their thing. Life is crazy. Death is crazy. Beauty is a mystery. Its all interchangeable, I guess. So, yeah, you are not an ass. Life is just a strange adventure. Sometimes bad, sometimes good, sometimes its a point of view. Of course, being human, we have our own point of view.
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dholms Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
dude this is crazy.
and you're saying this is cropped out of a bigger piece???
wow.
the combination of subtle color and wicked detail makes for an awesome dynamic.
making it look metallic.
like something ancient but alien.
then you notice these little funny faces and you're like,...'wtf?'

love it man.
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pikajane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Amazing piece. I love the story behind it--thanks for sharing. It definitely adds more to it
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, for commenting. glad to share it...
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Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013   Traditional Artist
Another beauty! I don't have any dark feelings when viewing your Art Joe. This one is no exception. I don't like the idea of cancer (the real thing, not your Art) but I like this one. You say that this one is not really happy, but I think of them as a nice bunch of....yes what?.....a nice bunch of "growths"? They don't look sad to me. Why did you choose this subject?
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JoeMacGown Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True, I don't think the growths in this picture look sad at all, they are doing what they do. No reason in particular for choosing this. Did not decide what I was going to call it until half way through, as it was growing. My father died of cancer a few years back. He was living with me at the time. So, I saw first hand what it does to a person.
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Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks for explaining ;-)
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galapogosian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
So good to open deviantArt and see your work again!
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