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Drawing of Clint completed by arminmersmann Drawing of Clint completed by arminmersmann
Title: Beyond the Pale, pencil on illustration board, 32” x 40”

Its strange what one feels when completing a major drawing like this. You would think it would be a happy time but instead it’s a mixture of relief, regret, satisfaction and disappointment. As in all my work I’ve strived for perfection only to realize once again it’s not going to happen, but as long as I still strive it’s worth it. Yet there is a certain satisfaction with a job well done, what was only a concept a little more than a year ago is now a reality, real flesh and graphite

“Beyond the Pale” is an old expression meaning beyond the boundary, beyond the accepted norm, A pale was a wooden stake placed as a marker indicating a property line. The subject in this piece is a dreamer, a bohemian, left-thinking, artist-type whose views where once a part of our culture and now are discarded along with lava lamps, black lights and bell bottoms. His old, like-minded comrades are now attorneys and bankers who have become of the same money-changing ilk they once all spoke against so many years ago. Yet he stuck to his beliefs, still yearning for “death to the machine” and continuing to desperately claw away from the system he has fought against all these years. Self-portrait? …Maybe.

Thanks for looking

Armin Mersmann
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DorysStories Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work
Chazrobert Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great piece. I like the way the eyes capture the image and the way they make him look , lost in thought, miles away, the thousand yard stare. I think this could be the self portrait of any dreamer, because I could actually see myself in this picture as well, relating to him.  Technically, I would say you need not worry about perfection or imperfection, as it were, as you are the only one who finds it. Noone eles is seeing anything but fantastic results here. You are in the highest bracket of talent, someone I can say I am inspired by in my own journey as an artist.
ac120 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
JimmiGilbi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only is there a great portrait here but also great artistic and mastery of words.
Once read another look at what is presented and it totally changes what you see. self portrait? Without knowing I cannot say but the language sure points to that.
Thank ou for showing us 
Paul2960 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scary real!, Wow..........
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Not only is your drawing simply fantastic but your description is riveting! I can't possibly describe how much I love this!!
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
You are very welcome!! :happybounce:
Koyukionna Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Artisan Crafter
A man after my own heart, and a positively beautiful portrait. The real him shines through.
ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
oh my...u're the greatest in realistic genre. I wish to know ur name.
AlexWazHere Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! Your work is amazing :squee: !!
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I hear the music of Toto, then I think of this drawing. Don't ask me why, but some expression of Steve Lukather is shining through.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
don't know much about Toto except my hero Ian Anderson has worked with them quite a bit, actually seeing Ian on Saturday at the State Theater in Detroit a grand old place to see a grand old dude...doing thick as a brick one and two
Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you gonna meet him personally?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
not sure if its in the cards we have had dinner a few times but its was more planed then me showing up after the show, its quite a feat for a 65 year old rocker and then to hang with me afterwards, no i like him to much to endure that...LOL
JessWinter Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How long does a piece like this take for you to do?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this one too about 1000 hours until that tree one i just got done it was my longest
PrajnaDev Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
Love this! ;)
Superfreshhh Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Utterly Stunning Armin
victorcuba Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ur a Genious
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
SenaKiss Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I think you should be a world known artist ! You top every contemporary artist i know or learned about . You create beautiful pieces every time. Congratulations for that :D
arminmersmann Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Sena

11Sabbath11 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What can I say? :o I'm in shock!
Myztikality Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I just love your drawings man!! Still awestruck!
jovanov5 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Unbelievably, amazing, perfect. You, sir are a genious. BTW I would be delighted if you see my humble gallery and tell me how to improve and what you think. Thank you.
LucentAllure Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you take drawing to a whole other dimension!! this is insanely good!! too good! no one would ever think that this is a drawing!! wow you are god with a pencil!! :jawdrop: :wow: :love:
microdsg Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is impossible. Congratulations.
Shekhina Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the hair.... stunning!
dogma29 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
That's really how I feel with my few drawings, in my short 21 years. To me your drawing is my idea of perfection. The perfection that I ever get.

I love all your works.

PD: Sorry for my bad english.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks you and your English is fine you should see how bad my Spanish is
Teofanes Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
God Bless Your Talent Sir...Very Impressive.
BrunaTaynara Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I wonder what kind of paper you use to do their jobs.

thank you
Mark-Xipil Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Student General Artist
I really enjoyed reading through the description of this one. This life we live right now is a difficult battle between the veils of so many and having the courage to move on to a better life style is inspiring.
VENOMRED Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
wow thats all I can say nice work
TigerMoon62 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Armin, this is a wonderful portrait, expertly rendered yet still very expressive in technique. Truly fantastic.
TheDrawnDen93 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! :love:
dessiner1 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
this draw are armim mesmman?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
very nice article Ornam thank you so much!

RazerFlame Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
This is unbelieveable amazing.
A-Basic-Silence Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
janita2 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
celexana Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very fine details!
Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The light and emotion you have captured in the eyes is amazing and certainly tells the story. :heart:

' You would think it would be a happy time but instead it’s a mixture of relief, regret, satisfaction and disappointment.' An emotion that I believe must come along with any great exertion of creative or intellectual energy. I have been feeling similar after finishing my four years of study and have often felt it (on a lesser level) after a commitment to a three month theatre show comes to an end. :D :hug:
:heart: Elle
Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i never saw an artist drawning like you, im impressed, this is stunning word, photorealism !
betoqundi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ifcha1984 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
I have no words. STUNNING
Larc-Romeo Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WoW! You are Amazing!
Please, can you tell me, how do you get the detail on the knitwear?
Is it just pain stacking minute detail or some sort of technique?

I love this fact I love all your work.
I just started drawing a couple of months ago and would love it if you could find time to comment on my work (good or bad).

Thx carl Moore (Larc-Romeo)
ThePhenom14 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The day I'll achieve this level, will be a dream come true 4 me. But come check out my work ppl!!
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July 14, 2009
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Date Taken
Jul 12, 2009, 1:54:22 PM