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Steinbeck by mudimba Steinbeck by mudimba
When people ask me who my favorite author is, without the slightest hesitation I can tell them that it is John Steinbeck. His writing is simple, of the earth, and yet it manages to expose the pure beauty of the human spirit. One of my favorite passages of his is Chapter 15 of The Grapes of Wrath. It is a story of a waitress learning to look past her prejudices and showing kindness to a poor migrant family. If you haven't read the book, I urge you to at least read that chapter (it stands on its own, almost like an essay, so no context is needed).

This is a portrait of Steinbeck, entirely done with deviantART muro's new text brush using Chapter 15 of The Grapes of Wrath.

For reference I used a famous photo, but I cannot track down who the original photographer is. The image is owned by Getty Images.

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:iconwriterrosi:
Hi, could I use this picture in design of my site? I'll show you the result and I promise to post on my site your links (page in social network; site where you sell your portraits, etc.), just send me these links.
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mudimba Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What kind of a site is it?  Is it commercial (do you make money in any way from it)?
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:iconwriterrosi:
I'm a writer, and I’ll sell my books on this site. Unfortunately, this site (booksfrom.me) is still in development, so I can’t show you how it will looks right now, but I'll try to describe how I want use your portrait:
on a white brick wall will hanging portraits (not only your portrait, as well as works by other authors). This will be the background for my site - an art gallery. I'm not going to change your portrait, it will be the same as in the original.
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mudimba Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK, that's fine.  I would love to see the site when it is finished, can you please let me know?  If you put in a link to this page or my deviantART gallery it would be great.
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:iconwriterrosi:
I'll show you the result, I promise! I can post more links :-) personal site? etc.
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mudimba Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh thanks!  If you put a link to deviantART muro (or mention that is how it was made) that would be great.  I am more proud of my involvement creating dA muro than I am of any other personal sites.
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:iconwriterrosi:
Ok. As you wish ;-)
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JaykeBird Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is impressive... I can't imagine how much time it took to do all of that... (And ironically, I just bought one of Steinbeck's books two hours ago... Lol.)
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mudimba Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! It actually did not take me too long (probably 1 or 2 hours). But, one of my hobbies is to draw people that I see in coffee shops and whatnot, so I am used to drawing portraits really fast.

Which Steinbeck book did you get?
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JaykeBird Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that is fast. And quite the hobby too. Lol.

I got "The Pearl". I haven't had a chance to read it, but it was recommended to me by my mother. I've also read "Of Mice and Men", and I enjoyed that story (although the ending was sad...).
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