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Monolithic drawing final by arminmersmann Monolithic drawing final by arminmersmann
“Monolithic”

Pencil on Illustration Board 30” x 40”

To see each element a little closer check the earlier wips.

This drawing is in the same realm but not a sequel to “fragile” a drawing I had on DA a while ago. There are big differences here and some similarities as well. The crux of the concept is aging and dealing with the knowledge of your own mortality. The two eyes are my step-fathers and my real fathers both have looked death square in the eye in the last year. Apart form there influence on me and the deep respect I have for each of them, they also represent an end of a journey, life’s journey. Myself represented in the center square is venerable, scared and helpless to affect time and what’s coming. The plumb bob symbolizes a pendulum (time) and strengthens the monolith. The bulb, a container of light now ruined and smashed but still idolized on its altar, its monolith. This gives some clues to my thought process and interest in symbolism some personal some universal. The rest, the sky, the storm, water and the outlined platform left with mostly negatives space strengthens the feel and tensions. I am revealing more then I usually feel comfortable with, I don’t want to take the mystery out of it so this is all I well say about this drawing, as far as meaning.
Next it’s off to do a rare commission I am extremely excited about it for is of a very special friend, I will do it as a wip I hope you check it out.

Thanks all for looking

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:iconbmfk:
BMFK Featured By Owner May 21, 2012   Traditional Artist
Very cool
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
well done
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simsaddict96 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
woah...Amazing!
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Syr-Grimm Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
agree to all past and future comments to this drawing.

:wow:
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33-rpm Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
A Perfect Piece of Art.
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JoyDivision4 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nice! As an artist, I'm humbled. :)
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:iconionevermind:
IONeverminD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
awsomw
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:iconionevermind:
IONeverminD Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010
awsome
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:iconammirammir:
ammirammir Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
wow! amazing
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tuanserigala Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010   Digital Artist
Wicked
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:iconsimaja:
Simaja Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
At the first moment, I think that it´s photo ,,, waw,, astinishment,,!
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:iconburnay:
burnay Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
OMFG YOU ARE AMAZING :O
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Caelitha Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! :wave: I've featured this deviation in my Sunday Features journal this week. :D

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If you have any objections, just let me know and I'll remove your piece from the journal.
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Sikoian Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very expressive artwork !


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check my gallery : )
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Mmemo Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
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Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Think I saw this an your site it looks great and very symbolic.
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graphiteperceptions Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Hey Armin i have a question.Is this all on one illustration board or are all of this just separate drawings combined to make one image?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It’s all on one board, I tape off the section I’m drawing on with painters tape thereby getting a very clean edge.

Thanks

Armin
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FiniteExistence Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
the detail is amazing. I am, well speechless I guess.
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maenui Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008   Photographer
speechless :worship:
:+fav:
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Yaquob Featured By Owner May 2, 2008
You are amazing
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daniel-mac Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2008
could stare at it for hours @_@
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DC74 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
Balance
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esoteric666 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
favourite
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DeathOfATragedy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A true masterpiece. My friend, you have done an amazing job, capturing the emotions that time can give each and every one of us. :)
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mahtiel Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
gorgeous is a weak word :worship: you're incredibly talented :nod:
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Melilysa Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007
There are emotions that stricke so hard in our hearts that whatever we attempt with a pencil afterwards is nothing short of a masterpiece. You seem to have felt those emotions.

"Oh qui pourrait peindre nos émotions exceptés le coeur qui les as é;prouvées?" Lord Byron
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sapphire07 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Wow! This is just amazing... I love it ^^
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ashenXnight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2007  Professional General Artist
Pencil..... T____T why are you people so freaking good? That's not human D= I didn't even know that was possible with pencils x_x
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spirit-of-flight Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
:wow:
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M2I3K8E9 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
:star::star::star::star::star:
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phancy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
I can't find the words to describe how much I adore this.
It's gorgeous. Everything about it is just so...flawless. And the concept behind it is potrayed fabulously. It's amazing anyone is able to draw so well.
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jo6694 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007
this drawing is just...breathtaking...stunning...just words can't discribe this...
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NJ-Pole Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007   Traditional Artist
wow. this is awesome work. it's really amazing what you can do with pencils. everything seems so life-like, and it is of photo quality. especially the eyes. great work on the overall layout, it's smooth and even. it has a touch of simplicity and i really like it. please keep it up :)
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:iconreupzig:
reupzig Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
only incredible
i love ít
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:iconetirla:
etirla Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007
wow this is beautiful... what was your inspiration?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Death, more specifically the dieing of my Step dad a heart attack of my dad and my realization of my own aging process.

thank you
Armin
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beissmich Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
ahhh. i think i :heart: you.
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Katelyn-Britton Featured By Owner May 30, 2007   Photographer
to think that these are drawings...
simply amazing!
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Abatwa-Oolie Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
holy moly, HOW DO YOU DO IT, you have such eccentric and unimaginable TALENT!
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Cuchillo Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007
wow
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fdkart Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007  Professional Filmographer
would love u to be my mentor ! :+fav+
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paradoxalna Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
cool :D
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boronfilms Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
This is quite amazing. I love large drawings as well. Excellent.
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Objecht Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
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Eye CandyWow. There ... are just ... absolutely no words ... I could ever say ... to describe this.

It's not even a drawing! It's just there. There's no way anyone even drew that. Things like this just don't happen.
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Tay-ah Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007  Student
This is so relaxing to look at.. I feel so at peace
thank you!
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Veritablian Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
... Shading..

My lord, the shading. You know exactly how to concentrate the light, shape, and form- the physics (holy shit..) god damn.

I cannot stop staring, it's as though I'm learning how to create light again.

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Keep rockn it.
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Jewelfly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2006
AWESOME! :D
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eyeoftheneedle-x Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2006
the eyes look like photographs.

it's amazing.
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Aimelle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
ohhh myyyy ! how can it be possible to draw like this, as if it was so real !??? :wow: ! I would give anything to draw like you. I mean, I look at all the metallic elements & details and it is wonderfully drawn. Same with the faces' parts (eyes & skin) ! :O This is a masterpiece to me :love:
I'm speachless now... still can admire this piece that I will never forget.
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