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 For God and Country by arminmersmann  For God and Country by arminmersmann
“For God and Country”

Pencil on Acid Free Illustration Board

22” x 30”

This work is part of an on going series called “Neo-Fossil. Inspired by fossils, their shape, their texture and history.

In this work, I am reacting to man’s continuing preoccupation at killing and dying for God and Country. I do this by representing a synthesis of religious, social and anatomical images. I try to bear witness to that moment when the next tenant of this planet finds proof of our existence, in the form of fossils. This is not a fatalistic view, but a deep respect for the powers of nature (e.g. God) to reclaim and recreate.

Thanks Nimra

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Maiconvaz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JimSmothers Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I would love to have a print of this.
Oddboy7 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Love it, love it, love it!!
squidli Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
this is a beautiful work of art.
chadlonius Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2007
I think this is my favorite.
TreLore Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
Very well done
Blacksun62 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2006
you have some serious talent!!
artchickadee Featured By Owner May 21, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nimra, i love you.
fabulous, as always.

i've missed your work, your delicacy, detail, and utter insanity.
tonikflava Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2005  Student
this is pretty awesome love the detail in this and all ur wrk
bookmd Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005   Photographer
Might this become a print?...or is there another way to buy?
bookmd Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2005   Photographer
oof...just saw your site...don't think I can afford the pricetag...
please consider a DA print for us poor folk that like nice things, lol...
dell Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2004
Very creative Nimra, original thought and excellently portrayed using oyur expertise in pencils. As usual, I am amazed by your talent.
cecilia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2004
i wish it had more inner detailing and images to get your message accross
deadpossum Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
at first look this just looked interesting but after the detailed desciption of what you were going for with this piece, I was able to see it in a whole new light. I think you did a wonderufl job of representing what our ancestors might find about us, and I'm not very proud about what that might be.
rho-cass Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2004   Traditional Artist
Your skill with the pencil, all the little details and the textures -- I love this. :+fav:
mutedwhisper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Good god, that's amazing. Every element in the drawing seems to flawless integrate and connect with the next. There's such an extroidinary amount of detail in the face and the broken cross and everything else.. :+fav:
KD10 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Oh my, that's amazing! :heart:
I really love the testure and concept... awesome work! ^^
emo-outfitter Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
You must indulge me; is all this from your imagination? It is truly wonderful. I love your story behind it and how you always have such intricate pieces. There is nothing more to say that hasn't already been expressed.
singsang Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Hui.... I'm always so impressed by your work.... Wish I had your patience
iimonkeefunkii Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
Wonderfully designed. Looks awesome. =)
fairytiara Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
Gorgeous, great details :love:
unorthodoxfaith Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
how beautiful is that? Crazy! Its so detailed, awesome work
mairzy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
Beautiful. What an interesting source of inspiration - fossils. Yet, as you say they are a testament of times past and the preservation that echoes culture and life.
AngelesLaVeau Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Simply wonderful. Has rings of Giger and Chichoni to it. Not many can capture that depth of detail. Its just incredible. I'm not sure what was going on in the above comment by the syringe-love person (perhaps forget to take their meds?) This is was art is about. True expression - making you a true artist. Non hypocritical and honest to the core. Hats off to your amazing talent and your courage to put your powerful image out for the world to see.
JasonIsAGhost Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004  Professional General Artist
astounding :jawdrop:
SageJen Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
that is really neat and a very cool concept as well:D It is also different from the other works you've done on here too. it's very good though just like all of your work.
ElorinDeWir Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how can you draw such details with shading...
visit my :gallery:
jubame Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
Very powerful.
number43 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004   Interface Designer
I'm in absolute awe of your talent, yet again. The part that impresses me most on this one is the background. It's subtle, but absolutely brilliant. It's really amazing how you can imply fades, cracks, and indentations in the paper itself. As always, terrific work. I'm always eager to see your work, Thank YOU for all this great art.
fragilemuse-org Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
you just continue to amaze me. :O
biomek Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful rendering and it!!!
MatchStick9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004
the message that you connote is very strong, and the image in itself, is absolutely fantastic, as it always is with you. :D where do you get the time to do all this!?
shufflng Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004  Student Writer
the context may very well be better than the piece itself, a wonderful thing indeed. unfortunately i'm off to die for my country.. i'll be back soon.
Druterium Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2004
This is spectacular... maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I get alot of different types of imagery out of this. Overall it brings back memories of some of H.R. Giger's work (which I'm a big fan of).
syringe-love Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent work, but god has nothing to do with the power of nature. As god does not exist. All religion on earth is a petty joke. I mean if I was a Roman 2004 years ago, I would definately find it amusing to stick a pike into 'god' or 'god's son's' abdomen. Just as I would in today's context. I mean, does burning down a church mean I go to hell? I hope so, if there is a hell, because perhaps I will have front seats. Where I can burn little bits of wood and make charcoal, and draw pictures of god helping old women across the street, and tieing knot's club scout and mcguyver style, so desensitised born again christain junkies can hang themselves. Who knows, maybe if i selotape enough fish symbols on the back of my car I can earn my place into heaven, alongside, Hitler, and George Bush.

Can however many million muslims be wrong, or is it christains? Buddhists? Well, depending what you believe in, all the others are wrong except for your belief ofcourse. So, alot of people are up shit creek basically. If the christains are right, perhaps the protestants, then a hell of a lot of people are going to burn. That's pretty funny. I am not forgetting that '''''''''god'''''''''' loves everybody, so perhaps he'll just let the slightly less enlightened reside in a decked-out portaloo for all eternity, sucking out 10 year old syphilus from some dead french man's penis. This is christains for you though. Excuse my typos and bad language, it's 4:22 am, I am severly enebriated. This one time, I poured very old and rancid pig's blood through a church's air conditioning system. Will I go to hell for that? Or will Allah give me a high five, I'm not really sure. Maybe I'll be in the harlem globetrotters in a next life, and me and buddah will be tight, sucking down CC's drenched in mozarella and 7 types of exotic sugar.

If you think I am ridiculous, then read a few books, open your eyes. Maybe god is just a piece of faeces. What do I mean maybe. Shit.... God uses a diamond tipped jack-hammer to crack the fetid filth around his mother's (a virgin mind you) decrepid labia. Where he then goes to feast. That is what god does. So he does exist. You are right. I don't really think he deserves worshipping though, I mean, I dedicate a cubic millimetre of some spewdom I hurled 20 years ago. And I remember that, that prick owes me. I even decorated some of his places of worship for him, so unofficially I am God's backyard blitz.

Happy trails.....
failsafeman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2004
Cool, weird, and blasphemous! A powerful combination!
Tariray Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is ridiculously beautiful.....
the integration of the celtic lining (obviosly something you do often) is quite in line with the connection between man , god, and nature considering the celts' own views of the world around them
The pencil work is beyond smooth, its impeccable,
good job, its amazing
Arnitald Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
I would love to be able to express my own ideas with my pure hand... damn.
Maksape Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2004
This is amazing. The symbolism present, whether by intent or not, is outstanding.
Sya Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2004  Professional General Artist
you've got a style that exudes clarity and skill. I love your gallery, but this one especially. It just speaks to me. Remarkable!
Sagacious Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2004   General Artist
wow....very nice description to ....i admire you
brecey Featured By Owner May 13, 2004
freakin' amazing. you inspire me. :)
mgb Featured By Owner May 12, 2004
WOW this is amazing... great details as ever... love ur art... and i like the concept and love ur way of representing it.... great work :clap: :worship:
FlamestarPhoenix Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2004
This is...really incredible...
I envy how realistic you can make your other drawings, but this is even more amazing, as it is you can make something you dreamed up look so very real I can't comprehend...but it is beautiful.
signals Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2004   Photographer
once again, just awe inspiring.
aflinz Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2004
Such a beautiful piece. How do you keep your pencil sharp enough to capture such detail? I always have trouble with grainyness showing through.
nukedukem Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2004
Very cool!

I love the post-apocalypse/religious look it has, two topics that interest me alot :D
spiralunwinding Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2004
Holy god that is beautiful.. I don't even know where to begin.

First of all, and naturally, the face caught my attention in an instant. Those empty eyes.. comfortated by a stone visage. I wish you had posted a larger image of this, for my eyes to truly capture the eye candy here, but regardless, I am entranced by the immense detail that I am able to see.

With PENCIL, no less! I fear messy smudging, but this is flawless in that aspect. Your shading technique makes it all the more compelling.. in the horns, the barbed wire, the craters of sand framed by the celtic bands.

Simply amazing. I want to write more.. but what more CAN be said? This is a masterpiece. <3
dell Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2004
This is a very uniqe and powerful image that you have created. I am sure that it is even more moving in person. Well done.
CaptPunk Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2004
mmmmm Lovely
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