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50.0x50.0 cm
Mechanical pencils 0,35 - В; 0,5 - В, 2В; graphite pencil 8B

Photo by ~DeviousClown - [link]
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40,0x60,0 cm
Mechanical pencils 0,35 - В; 0,5 - В, 2В; 8B
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WIP2 - [link]
28.0x40.0 cm
Mechanical pencils 0,35 - В; 0,5 - В, 2В; 8B
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Charcoal on canvas, 39.4" x 55.1" (100 x 140 cm)

I started this a while ago (see some WIP images on my blog: [link]) but put it aside for some other projects.
To answer the usually most asked question: I think I worked on it 2 days in September and now completed it in 5 days, so that makes 7 days total.

Thanks for your attention! :)
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Charcoal on canvas, 120 x 100 cm (47" x 40")


EDIT: Rephotographed the drawing. Still not perfect but closer to the original I think.

And thanks all so much for all your comments and kind words!
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Pencil on paper, 42 cm x 54 cm (16,8" x 21,6")
Private Collection, USA
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ORIGINAL FOR SALE

A3, pencils (H, 2B, 5B, 8B) on paper, eraser
2 weeks (about 40-45 hours, I don't know exactly)

WIP: fav.me/d3aw78o
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ORIGINAL FOR SALE

A4 (smooth paper), pencils (H, 2B, 8B), kneaded eraser

WIP: fav.me/d3e9kwh fav.me/d3f3ozs
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ORIGINAL FOR SALE

A4 (smooth paper), pencils (H, 2B, 8B), kneaded eraser

25-30 hours

WIP: fav.me/d3h5yfm fav.me/d3hramm fav.me/d3ipvfl fav.me/d3jtdov
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'' The world's my oyster''
Finally I gave up on this work for now. The skin and cloth texture are yet to be finished. I gave my best 18hours on it. As far as I know, I can just go on working on the details. I will be posting a final version of this drawing later on next year.

pencil on paper.
size-28x30cm
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paper- canson rough textured
pencils- Staedtler wooden cased-6h,2h,hb,2b,6b
2b mechanical pencil form Rotering
kendable eraser
cotton, stumps, non dust eraser
approx. time-25-28hours
Finally its done and framed..and set for my personal collection. this being done I'm all set to move to charcoal and pastels..
I hope you all enjoyed your time watching this..:) :D
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After a short break i came back to portrait drawing..its the little girl's eyes which gave me the spark to do this one.Am always thankful to my amazing photographer friend Thomas for allowing me to use one of his beautiful photos to do this one.[link]
used a rough handmade paper
tool- H,HB, 2b,2H and a 6B pencil
thank you all for your time. comments are always appreciated and valued very much. :)
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Finally it's finished :) It was hard to draw all the water, even harder than drawing hair, but I'm happy with the result.

=akaLilith inspired me to start this picture. Because of her great work, like this one, I decided to meet the challenge and draw water.

Previous steps can be found here.

Tools: Pencils from H to 8B, eraser, tortillons, tissues, patience
Duration: don't ask, I've no idea
Size: approx. 21 cm X 29 cm

The girl is the german model Hana Nitsche.
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What's this? No WIP? Well, I didn't make any WIPs, because I will use this picture for my skin tutorial so many people asked me about :) It's lots of work but I hope in the end you'll be happy with the result.

UPDATE: Now you can find the tutorial here.

Some facts about this drawing:
It's actor Sam Worthington, who played Jake Sully in Avatar or Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation. I mostly decided to draw this picture, because it's perfect for my tutorial.

size: 27,5 X 18 cm
tools: you'll see in my tutorial
duration: don't know, some weeks

Enjoy!
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I wanted to draw my other picture 'longing' first, but it has been so much trouble I decided to take a break for a while.

This is an indian actress named 'Kajol'. To be honest I've never watched a movie with her, but I just loved the reference picture and had to draw it :) Unfortunately it was very blurry, so it wasn't easy to get the details right.

tools: pencils from B to 5B, Tortillon, eraser pencils
size: 25 cm X 18 cm
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pencil drawing

on A4 paper
pencil 4H - 4B
about 30 hours

I saw some deviants in this photo, very impressive,
and I 'd like to try it!
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pencil drawing

on A4 paper
pencil 4H - 4B
white gel pen
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pencil drawing

on A4 paper
pencil 4H - 5B
white gel pen
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“Daniela”

Técnica:
Grafito (para medios tonos y fondo)
Carboncillo
Lápiz de color (o puntillas) blanco y negro (-Polychromos- de Faber-Castell)
Tinta blanca y negra (Staedtler, aplicada con estilografo)

Papel Canson Mi-Teintes Gris (160g)
60x48 cm / 23.6x18.8 pulg.
Sobre 150 Horas
Modelo: Mi sobrina Daniela
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Technique:
Graphite (for halftone and background)
Charcoal
Black and White color pencil (-Polychromos- of Faber-Castell )
Black and white Ink (Staedtler, applied with stylograph)

Gray paper Canson Mi-Teintes (160g)
60x48 cm / 23.6x18.8 in.
About 150 Hours
Model: My niece

You can see details and a W.I.P. here: [link]
©2012
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Portraits of an 'old' man. Online photo reference. Pencils on watercolor paper Fabriano.
30 hours, A4 size

Other drawing:
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Daria’s meadow

This is the first drawing that I would never do without DA. The above three, Monnalisa, Gregory House and homeless warrior, are all children of DA and somehow they owe to DA their existence, but this one in particular is all branded DA.
For the first thing the reference is a photograph that Daria Pitak [link] kindly allowed me to use, and you can see the original here:
Thanks again Daria.

Secondly, it is a drawing that took me a lot of commitment. I would not have thought of doing, for the amount of time, before seeing many artists struggling with the same time’s problems.
It 's the fourth of the 'new series' and is a portrait. I really liked the look of the original photograph and the way the light play on the beautiful face full of freckles.
I did my best and I tried to capture her original beauty, I hope I have done a enjoyable job.

start: 20 August 2012
End: 27 September 2012
Total time: about 70 hours
Paper: Fabriano watercolor art, 300 gr
Dimensions: 30 x 45 cm
Pencils from 6b to 6h and watercolor pencil

I apologize in advance to all those who will be so kind to faving my drawing: this time I can’t thank you all one by one. For the last two drawings I had to spend two weeks in front of the computer without having time to draw. It 's something that makes me very happy but is too demanding because I have (luckily) many friends.
However, to answer all your comments and I thank you in advance for the fav that are always very welcome

My works was feautured here:
Amazing artist by ivy-ashe [link]
Features From Worth-DDs Group #17 [link]
showcase traditional feature: people and portraits [link]
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Mechanical pencil on Fabriano Acquarello watercolor 'Artistico' hot pressed.
Size 23x30,5
Here it is. This is my first drawing after I joined DA. It took me about 30 hours to finish it.
I honestly don’t even know if the person is male or female. No matter, it is a child, and in her eyes you can see all the world is going to know. The smile is as enigmatic as the Leonardo’s Gioconda, but more cheerful. It puts me in a good mood.
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Eye Study in Pencil

“Through the Iris”

Literally I had to take a break from both the huge tree drawing (the Simplicity of Silence) I’m working on and my resent encaustic abstractions. I definitely have a need to draw the human eye once in a while, this is my eye drawn from life (mirror) and photo references.

The tree drawing and abstractions both helped me see more clearly than ever, everything I do is sill for the love of observation.

PS this is 10" x 10" and took about 50 hours to draw

Armin

When I download a drawing like this study I often get this question and it's a good question and one that needs to be thought through by every realist.

"Hello, I'm doing some research (not very scientific, I just need some opinions) on photo-realism and I'd like to ask you a question if you don't mind: "why not simply take a photograph or use a 3D program"?


That's a great question and a realist has to answer this for him or herself, If copying without change, construction and re-invention, be it form a photograph or from life, then the creative process is not addressed, in this case I agree there is a useless element about it, it becomes a fundamental exercise at best. There is nothing wrong with these exercises if it improves your knowledge and skills as a technician. But if your aim is only to draw like "a photo", I'm afraid you will never attain what "art" has to offer. Also I think too many photo-realists rely on technical eye candy alone, with no imagination, in some sense just a limited skill in observation and a stunted creative process. Working in this manner should be a foundation to build on not an end goal.

My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees. The hallmark of photorealism is capturing distortion and out of focus areas precisely how the camera does, I'm aware of these things and eliminate most of them. My journey begins at the first look of my model the drawing process then becomes an all consuming study. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject that's both heightened and very personal. After spending hundreds of hours drawing a person's face all the while observing the small details that cause "likeness" a journey takes places that cannot be achieved by any other means. I don't draw just what I see; it's a combination of facts and feelings that would not work from just a snap of a shutter. I change and alter many thing from the reference photos to me they are just a blueprint an informal guide at best, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a person that cannot be seen or deciphered by "normal" cameras. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this with putting it through my own psyche. I change what's in front of me, not for the sake of change but because it's inevitable and expected, it's filtered through 40 plus years of living. I have 100% control of every aspect of the final image can this be done with a photo and Photoshop? Perhaps, but not with my unique and very personal technical and artistic language.

In the end, some still call it photo-realism; it's something as an artist I have to accept. We tend to put things in categories, I just have to keep on this road and be true to my vision and artistic language and it's that honesty that will let me connect with some and not with others.
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Face study-Steve Parkhurst

Pencil on Strathmore 500 cold press illustration board
22” x 22”

Once in a while the best laid plans go off track. The background the very thing that inspired this drawing took over -it slowly overshadowed the portrait. There is enough power in this face, a contemplative man in his middle age, just like myself. Thanks Steve for sitting for this and for having the interesting features to give drama to this study. I worked about 30 hours on the background which was on the left but after making the hard decision to cut it off, it made sense.
Thank you all for you questions and comments
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“The Simplicity of Silence” Pencil on Board, 45” x 80”

Normally one puts their work on a gallery wall and the work needs to carry the power to speak to the viewer, if it’s successful the work will ignite the viewer’s imagination and art is made. The only hint the artist gives is the title in this case “The Simplicity of Silence”.

Yet at DA we learn, we teach, we read, and art is discussed, and this having been a wip I’ll try and go over what has turned from a perceived 500 hour project to more than 1800 hours and why it was worth it.
Ever since getting out of art school years ago, I suspected that talent was a farce, sure there exceptions Mozart, Picasso, Joe Bonamassa and a few others but these are prodigies more so than “talented” people. For the rest of us “talent” is more an unstoppable interest and drive, a work ethic that at times seem almost obsessive. Once this practice gives you a foundation to work on, ideas and concepts make up the rest and none of this comes easy. When my students complain about their art assignments all have to say is; “suck it up, art is hard, get it done”. Yet time put into an individual project doesn’t mean 1800 hours-that alone has nothing to do with the success of a work. Kathe Kollwitz could do with a line in a very short time what 99% of people could never do but it took years of observation and repetitive technical study to get there. Personally I have to spend a lot of time on my work to say it in my way; in a nut-shell my fascination is with the complexities of nature, of the human face of a broken light bulb and so on. Simplification is not an interest nor do I feel that I have to avoid it when see a need for it. I go about my work in a simple formula, composition, concept, technique… success is never guaranteed for the viewer has to be moved to fill the artistic circle, after all art is still a form of communication.

“The Simplicity of Silence” was at times horrendously repetitive, I would sit at the drawing board almost on the verge of hanging it up, but I know at these time I have to rise to the occasion and work thought it. I took no short cuts, I stuck to every branch if they heighted the vision and left out only the ones that took away from the flow. I have experienced every snow flake every twig and branch every shadow and highlight this is a journey that taking a photo could never give me. Because of this hyper-involvement I hope to share my visions with the viewer in a way that a photo cannot do. This obsessive act translates to the viewer in a complete different manner. I’m not interested so much in any particular “ism”, photorealism or hyper-realism per say, but I am interested to show the viewer just how I see my world. Technicality I used about one hundred photos as references, I used real branches and twigs that I had in my studio and went to the original place many time although that changes daily, winter turned to spring, to summer to fall and so on. What I do not want to do is just copy a photo but translate and reinvent it with my knowledge, imagination and artistic language, the photo is only a map, finding the treasure is within me.

I want to thank all who have commented on this long wip, I thank you for the question and keeping the discussion going. My hope is that it inspired people the way you all inspire me.

“The Simplicity of Silence” is dedicated to my dad Fritz Mersmann who passed away during this project, he was my only teacher.
To get an idea of how large this is here is a link

[link]

This is quite and honor for me, the Grand Rapids Art Museum has chosen this work to show for a year in an exhibit “ArtPrize Encore” I am one of thirteen artists chosen.

[link]

Sold as of 12,12,12


Armin Mersmann
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Graphite drawing of the actress.
Mostly: 5B, 7B, HB and H.
Smooth, white sketch paper

:faint:This took forever! I find it much harder to draw girls than boys.
This will probably be the last celebrity I draw for a while. I have this idea for a graphic novel that I want to illustrate in my style and I have to start sometime.
:iconloveblueplz:



EDIT 26/04/2013
Sooo a troll trying to prove I faked this made the most AWESOME gif that shows the drawing is real:
I really love this thing: [link]
I've been staring at it for ages being critical about where I should've worked harder!
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Drawn for the:iconkokorox::iconpinkheart-plz::bulletpink: "Think Pink Contest" :bulletpink::iconpinkheart-plz::iconkokorox: Hosted by :iconjunkbyjen:
[link]

The contest is held annually for breast cancer awareness.
I decided to draw my buddy Karen with her mother in the background. Sadly Karen's mom died of breast cancer.

Drawn with watercolor pencils (I don't paint with them) on A4 cartridge paper.

This was the most technically infuriating drawing I've done in a long time. The color of the pencils I chose were perfect but their textures were terrible! That warm gray in the background was hopeless to get even. Once the contest is over I intend to rework it with another pencil. The pink, on the other hand went on like a dream but it refused to blend with the black. If it wasn't for a good cause I would not have finished it.

:iconlovepinkplz:
Thanks for looking!
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:iconbeauroseplz:I am super happy with my drawing!:iconbeauroseplz:
I don't say that very often but this time it's 100% true.

Except: I can't begin to describe my frustration due to the eternal scanning dilemma. I wish I could pass it around so everyone could see the finer shading and fuzzy finish of the original drawing. Psh, whatever.

I would like to say a BIG thank you to :iconfuzzyyak: for allowing me to use one of his amazing photo's as reference for my drawing. I hope I did it justice.


This will be my entry for :iconbrickred1:'s contest "Opposites Attract"

Drawn with watercolor pencils (I don't paint with them)
on A3 cartridge paper.
:iconshinyheartplz:

:heart::iconloveorangeplz::heart:I won!!!:iconmeawplz:
Another Thank You to *BrickRed1!!!

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