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Forty-nineTrips Around the Sun by arminmersmann Forty-nineTrips Around the Sun by arminmersmann
Pencil on board 15” x 32”

Thank to all of you who have commented on this work in progress, I am still trying to get back to all of you. The drawing is finally done. I wanted this as dark as possible without being undistinguishable. The shirt/sweater has a very fine weave but stays pretty much in the dark. The light comes mainly form the window in the back with some secondary lighting form the front. The two-point perspective was influenced by some of Escher’s work , on to the next one….

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darkheartedsiren Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
your work is absolutely beautiful i cant believe it is in pencil it is so life like .....

you are so talented! :worship:
firesprite Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
I'm blown away, as always! And Escher is awesome... I'm reminded of his self-portrait in that respect, the one in the glass ball.
ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely one of the most beautiful, satisfying works I've seen
butterflyx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
wow! Sometimes It's hard to believe that you aren't posting photographs. You have a true talent and I'm glad you're on my watch list.
Sagacious Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004   General Artist
:thumbsup: awesome! yay for finishing drawings!
dell Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
As usual you mastery of the pencil medium is evident. Your sense of realism and detail is stial mind boggling.
nexx Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004 the perspective! :nod:
xHex Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
Absolutely amazing as always..!
Cor-i Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm really impressed with your work. I'm most amazed with the fact that you can do the white hairs so well and in such fine detail. I'd love to learn some of your techniques for this. Maybe you should do a small tutorial or give some explaination for this :) I'd almost say you are using some white charcoal for this or something is that? I love this perspective too.. especially around the eyes. Really nice work. You are definately one of the top 3 pencil artists I've seen on this site.. or anywhere for that matter. :)
vondzik Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004   Interface Designer
Well done - you know what I think about that piece :) I don't know if anybody said that before - look at yout second name in the signature.
This piece is very powerful and I adore it very much, but i like occasional angel much better (I don't know why? maybe the reason is that you've made an illussion with photorealistic image about surreal things?)

jubame Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
Maybe I'm wrong, but everysingle person you've been drawing has facial hair? Just a mild speculation.

Fantastic as usual. :) Almost makes me think you've mastered physics... (the glasses, the way you so accurately "blur" or ... distort).
siffert Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
Great work! :worship:
astoneintheriver Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
Again, an awe inspiring work. I envy you in an unsurpassed fashion. Great work.
rustypixel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
this picture is very well done. I particularly like the beard.
HauntedByAngels Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2004
I'd sell you my grandmom if you could teach me to draw like that.
yukits Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
Mm. I've been browsing around your account. I must say that the things you post up here are absolutely stunning. We had a similar subject in highschool, a couple of years back, and not even my teacher got close to this amount of detail and realism (term?) you have. It's simply amazing -- like looking at an old picture that has been preserved wonderfully. It makes me feel all giddy, as if I was allowed a peek through a window into another dimension, time, space.... Your thing for detail is amazing -- from the shiny, oily quality of the skin to the strands of the BEARD, everything's down to the tiniest little speck.

By Forty-nine Trips Around the Sun, I suppose that means you're Forty nine years old? Belated Happy birthday. ^_^;

(Oh, Shattered I is my favorite. o_o)
jmart-art Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004  Professional General Artist
wonderful job on this. all of your work is phonomenal.
Remirez Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2004
thats just stunning. his hair and beard.... wow.
LeluDallas Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2004  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats Uber Amazing! lol when i caught a glance at the thumbnail i thought it was George Lucas! but really, the detail is amazing! The hair... seriously everythign its like perfect. love it you rock.

LEAVEmeALONE17 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2004
So that's you? that's amazing how you did the details, it looks like a photo but it's really a drawing. It's really interesting how you draw those things and that's a great self-portrait. You're lucky to have the gift but i bet it took years to get the talent of each small details in a picture. how old are you now? I'm just wondering when did you start drawing and why? sorry about those questions, i'm just curious how you got to draw so well. i'm doing my senior thesis on art and also art therapy too. I was wondering if you know why people draw so i want to know why you started to draw. Have a good day. :D
VanyaElvea Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2004
My only wish is that one day,I will be as good as that...!! How old are you? Your work is just amazing..!! Please take a look at my gallery and give me some comments on what to do to become better, if you got time, would appreaciate it very much..=)
motherrussia Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2004
do you make your portraits from photographs, or real models?
philipptr Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2004
excellent drawing
the shadows and the reflections are so realistic!
unbelievable skills...
detium Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Photographer
what pencils and tools do you use.. i dont think i have the patience for the long hours of work you put into these.. simply amazing
polokov Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2004   Writer
This piece is UNBELIEVABLE. You are undoubtedly my new role model. Wow...
caddman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2004  Professional General Artist
AWESOME Drawing...:)

"Ich war blind, aber jetzt kann ich sehen."
“Wait until you see what the Caddman is Painting”

:new:...[Seeing Red With Anger]
ClearlyMysterious Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
U have reminded me of what good art is all about! well done...thats awesome! :clap:
kailacandance Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2004
omgggggggggg this is soooo awesome!! this like, i thought u took a picture of it! its soo realistic!! well done!!!
emo-outfitter Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004
You're a definite inspiration. I don't think you need to be told how good you are, and that goes for every piece that you have created.
monitwin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Every texture, every shadow, every stroke of the pencil is perfection in this drawing! :)

Love always,
sequins Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2004   Traditional Artist
Perfect title for this piece! Gorgeous, Armin... The wisdom gathered during those 49 trips are well reflected in those eyes. Textures, light, mood.... I can feel the man. I love it...
Squeak-the-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2004  Hobbyist
Your work takes my breath away. Incredible.
machinechiane Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004
wow....thats great....congratulations ;)
xjen Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004  Student
It's amazing! Looks more like a photo! ^^
santaslittlehelper Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004
wow that's really awsome. :clap:
daaram Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2004  Professional Photographer
It's just a fantistic work...bravo !

Olivier Daaram
admin-sever15 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2004
quite a skillfull bit of pencil work there, your patience must be fabulous.
chiisana-eiyuu Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
I love this intense look in your eyes and all the detailed long did it take to draw this?

it's incredibly impressing how you seem to have this patience even for all the hair...

sorry, but at this point I stuck for any further words....
DemonNeko Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2004
wow, thats so amazing, i try to draw realism but i always screw up, or it will look really messy, what kind of pencils did you use for this drawing?
cpss Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
looking wonderful, it's incredible how much detail you captured. Cheers for the finished work!!! :)
vietkat Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2004
I want to grow up to be like you. :)
brandowilly Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
o wow! this is amazing! beautiful work as always. i reallylike the eyes.
pussycat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
Well, it turned out as perfect as I thought it would - don´t know how you can have the patience for such excellent pencil-work ! I for myself have decided to keep my poor efforts with pencils to myself and concentrate on what I do well .... I love your drawings ! :worship:
annlee Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2004
Once again I have learned much by watching your progress in this work and I am truly appreciative. Much that I have learned has to do with the subtle shadows as in the forhead that give so much more character, the subtle changes in the highlights in the eyes which give life and moisture. Then bolder areas that one would think more fragile to handle as in the hair, the whiskers. I have so little patience with a pencil, but am hoping that I remember so that I can make this progress in my work. Thank you.
Tiggress Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
I just realized I posted my comment to the wrong version of this so I'd like to say again how wonderful this is and thank you for sharing it with us. I'm extremly greatful.
k0op4 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
holy shit, when i saw this i could feel the coarse hair on your chin and the slimyness of your is THAT good. this is amazing!
zero7 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
You know, just when I thought it was impossible, your work just keeps on getting better and better. This has been a joy to see at the various stages, and it's a truly marvelous piece of work.
angelus-iom Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
LordDoomX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2004
Fine work, fine work indeed.

I can see how lighting played a major part in this picture. From lighting your sweater to becoming a reflection in your eyes, your art shows a greater concept and real grasp on light and dark areas. The texture of your hair is (as said) photographic and is seemingly real. Of course, I can see one of your excellent attributes is also shading the textures of skin, to get it the real-life "bump" and even the dark areas look more real. The shading on your glasses look exquisitly acute and lovely, as well as the frame. I also can appreciate the artistic texture of your beard and eyebrows...

Also suprisingly good, is the facial pose that you have chosen. The fact that your glasses are slightly down your nose gives you more of a professional mood, but how your eyes are positioned with your beard gives you a slightly more... Relaxed look. Excellent decision. Also, with your eyes, The shading there is most intense and precise, but I can see how it needs to be, since I believe they are the most emotional part of your fantastic art piece. They seem a little too... Liquidy though... As if it could melt off.. But I don't know your eyes...

Overall, I love the transition from sketch to quote unquote "Masterpiece". The amazing "aura" that surronds your drawing is astounding and the art is quite superb, as it always is. Great job, because usually self-portraits are the most difficult and time-consuming to do, due to the fact that usually people stress more ares more than others or ignore their own facial/physical faults. But you went beyond that... Superb. As Gramarye said, it does look "alive" and dare I say "prodigious"? Bravo to you sir, truly...
XJerseyGirl82 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
Holy shit, holy shit, holy shit!!!! I am so envious of your talent. "I'm not worthy. I'm not worthy."
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