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Drawing of PaleoJoe completed

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Published: January 19, 2006
© 2006 - 2020 arminmersmann
Pencil on Mat Board SOLD 1/3/09

Joe by himself, without this background would have been fine, hopefully a good drawing about a gentle man named Joe Kchodl (PaleoJoe). His rugged yet enlightened face, the searching gaze and holding a mysterious frog cane could have told the story. Conceptually this would have been to direct and given too many answers, from my point of view there was much more to tell then this. Now the background gives a mystery that’s unexpected, the viewer needs to get involved, interpret the background in their own way to complete the tale. Certainly I have my reasons for its symbolism; partly it’s a nod to the future and what the next tenants of our small planet will find, as we have found the trilobites. The background alludes to paleontology but not of our time but future times.
The arch, metal, rust, bones, fully exposed on the left and just hinted at on the right, are they the evidence of life of us? All though this drawing is about Joe, or how I perceive Joe, it’s also as much about me, a nexus of the model, the artist and now the viewer, the full artistic circle.

It’s the largest pure portrait drawing I have done, which in itself was a challenge. I do like the massive quality that’s quite unnerving it seduces the viewer from across the room adding to the power of the drawing. I don’t have a title as yet, it will not be “;Portrait of PaleoJoe” for it’s about more then that.

I thank everyone for keeping track of this long WIP, I hope it was interesting and I was able to answer some your questions, it’s been quite the journey.

Writers always get to dedicate their books, well I am going to dedicate this drawing: To my dear step-dad, Mr. Carl W. Pitsch, you will live on, within so many, for so very long.

Thanks for looking
Image size
528x765px 168.09 KB
Shutter Speed
10/600 second
Focal Length
26 mm
Date Taken
Jan 18, 2006, 9:53:13 PM
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AletheiaLiProfessional Traditional Artist
oh my!!!!!! stunning :D
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chong-yiHobbyist Traditional Artist
How are you doing Sir? =)
I am quite amazed by the background. Is he an old man who is trying to recall something in the past?
I feel sad when I try to understand the story, he always looks into his past, but he never seen the light shining from the future.
that is what i understand from this drawing. My english is not good, I wish you could understand what I am trying to tell.
anyway this is a stunning work, may I know how big it is?
I am inspired, and always motivated by you, Sir. Your WIPs give me power, sometimes when I start a large drawing, I feel like I can never finish it. And I will look into your gallery, I see you spending few hundred hours in a single drawing, I tell myself that I must never give up!
a few months before I always draw in A4 size, but recently I just completed 2 A2 size portraits and I am currently drawing a 65cmx50cm! haha

thank you, please never stop drawing.
Chong Yi
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you Chong and you are correct there is a forlorn look to this man,possibly his life is in the waning winter of his life. But i also think the viewer is the person who makes the art ART when he or she translates it to their own truth. thank you for your kind words and much success with your own work!

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chong-yiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Sir, your works and your words are always inspiring.
thank you for sharing your thoughts!
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beccaobscene's avatar
looks so real! amazing job
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miteshmhatreStudent Filmographer
amazing artwork :) loved it
CJcool007's avatar
very cool picture
Verowyn's avatar
This is simply amazing.
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orinoco1973Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its perfect you are one of the best
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AmirKameronHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow !!! Shell this is awsome!
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KandakisProfessional Traditional Artist
I've seen your work before. Wonderful stuff.
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AlexanderLee1Professional Digital Artist
You are a master!
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JohnbalestrinoHobbyist General Artist
Looks unreal. Your the man
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robdolbsHobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so fantastic. :love:
NuclearTier's avatar
just too beautiful for words!
I wish I could draw like that!
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The-Inexorable-memeHobbyist General Artist
You are truly a master of portrait drawing, such fine detail, pure awesomeness.
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CallieFinkHobbyist Traditional Artist
Best drawing I've ever seen in my life. Hands down. Congratulations on being blessed with such an awe-inspiring talent.
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Mitia-Arcturus Photographer
This portrait is so present it's blow out the paper...!!!
kc7655's avatar
very nice. i'm wondering, how do you deal with the shinyness? i've always hated that about pencil, but it looks like you found some way to overcome it, or at least photograph it.
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
shinyness happens when you flatten the fiber of the paper and polish the graphite, when I use a .5 mechanical pencil it brakes before I can damage the paper but it take a long time to get a dark area and about five layers. There is still a bit of a shine but no where near what you get with a “normal” pencil
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sorry, i've been meaning to reply and ask you a question or two but i kept forgetting.
what paper do you use? do you use a spray fixative to achieve your darks? do you use softer lead or just normal hb? sorry for all the questions. i've been known to bug people for technique tips when they produce work like you do lol.
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