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Pencil drawing of Gabriella II by arminmersmann Pencil drawing of Gabriella II by arminmersmann

“Gabriella”  graphite drawing on Arches watercolor paper  60” x 40”  

I never re-post an image, doesn’t make sense but this is a special case. This drawing came in fourth in the world’s most lucrative art exhibition..first prize $200,000, nice thing to share sorry if you saw it before.  

ArtPrize 2014 included 1,536 entries representing 51 countries and 42 U.S. states.   Over the course of 17 days, 400,000 people visited Grand Rapids 41,109 individuals cast 398,714 votes placing Armin Mersmann’s drawing Gabriella in fourth place in the 2D category.

Gabriella intrigued me as a bit of a conundrum: a woman in the prime of her young age, poised, timeless and vulnerable. The complexity and rhythm of the hair fascinated me, but I think her story emanates from her eyes, which reach deep into a more mysterious place. My work has been about nature taking back and this drawing is no exception. It is the beginning of the process when all is right with the world, yet the slow effects of aging have begun. Whether I’m drawing trees or the human form, I celebrate the cycles of time in nature. I have been drawing the human face for 40 years; I have marveled at the aging skin and the breadth of textures that give a hint of a life lived. My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eye perceives, not how a camera sees. I transform – not just translate – what I am observing. When I complete the work I develop an understanding of the subject that’s both universal and deeply personal.

This gives you a sense of scale: nimra.deviantart.com/art/Me-An…

 Some links of the work:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s7gYg…

 

www.mlive.com/artprize/index.s…

 

www.ourmidland.com/news/mersma…

 

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:icongazdag01:
gazdag01 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2016
I like it
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Sunken-nautilus Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. I was always curious on how you work an area at a time.
Can you share some tips on this? Your work is amazing.
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PixelatedAssassain Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you draw her hair? This is amazing!
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:iconstargazer178:
Stargazer178 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
This is really beautiful... And the way you draw her hair is just perfect! :)
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:iconaqwaqwaq8:
aqwaqwaq8 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Damn, all your works are incredible. Wish I'd ever come close to your perfection. :(
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:icondon-berry:
Don-Berry Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   Traditional Artist
Congrats Armin! Are you working on anything new? I seem to recall you were planning a giant portrait of some kind.
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I am Don on a few things but the big portrait might be a few years before im ready for that one .....thanks!
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:icondon-berry:
Don-Berry Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
Good luck -- can't wait to see your next piece! :))
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BravosArtist Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
this is absolutely incredible! and we have matching hair haha :)
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconangelasportraits:
AngelasPortraits Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous!!! :heart:
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:icongraphicnovelgirl:
graphicnovelgirl Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic art! She so beautiful, her hair is stunning:D (Big Grin) !
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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:icongraphicnovelgirl:
graphicnovelgirl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :) (Smile) 
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Belalkamel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
great drawing from a great artist .... when I see your drawing it look like the picture tell me something with wide feeling and expression that why you are a special artist .
by the way I like your words "  my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees " 
I hope that I can meet you one day ... 
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you  very much!
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:iconbelalkamel:
Belalkamel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
You are welcome ... 
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favorites of yours.
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconevenio:
Evenio Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist
This is amazing! Well done with the curls.
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LarissaBoef Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfection. Uhhh... what? 
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mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work, can only dream of ever achieving a fraction of your ability, in awe!!!
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aurelia-acc Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations, Armin. And once again, such an amazing portrait.
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:icondreamshoreart:
DreamshoreArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work! Great indeed man
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VictoR38 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
gorgeous, hair is very good! :D
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Althea2You Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Cogratulations!! That is fantastic!!! She is beautiful as is your work! the hair is simply amazing! 
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:icongazdag01:
gazdag01 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
this is amazing! I love
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dholms Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i am dusting my stuff off and dragging myself out of my beloved reclusive ways to do a small local show this weekend.
i figure why not.
nothing on your scale of course.
but you inspire me Armin. just want you to know that.
your work is incredible man.
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KarinClaessonArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow..excellent!!!!
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:iconrichardbgomes:
richardbgomes Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
speechless!!!
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Klenesk Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
200 GRAND? I'd repost the artwork, and a picture of me flipping everybody off with the check in hand for that kinda money!
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
well i drank a lot of beer in the 17 days i was there, i would of broke even ;)
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:iconzephyr0713:
zephyr0713 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I can read it again, and again.
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank  you!
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JamesObert Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats Armin. Awesome to see the interview too. You know I've been following your work since the artpapa days. Thanks for all your advice and inspiration over the years.
Well done Sir.
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks James and you are making some great drawings congrats to you my friend
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corymckinnon Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Congratulations thats quite the accomplishment.Given the scale of the exhibition,you must be extremely proud.

Thats really great,well done.
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goodwifecole Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Amazing!!!
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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:icondaniel-storm:
Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Wow! She looks great! :clap:
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
You bet! :)
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Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
This is Absolutely Beatiful and Amazing, You did such a Define Job, It's absolutely Stunning... 
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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:iconwolfsoul36:
Wolfsoul36 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Of course! I'am Jealous to say the least.
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:icontouchofthesoul:
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
exceptional work!! Amazing hair!
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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trebbe3b Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
the texture of the paper adds so mutch to the drawing. nice mork
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
it does thank you
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BaselMahmoud Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
One of the best/hardest art, specially showing the third dimension of the wavy hair, great work man :)
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