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Pencil drawing of Gabriella II
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Published: October 14, 2014
© 2014 - 2019 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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Sunken-nautilus's avatar
Sunken-nautilusHobbyist 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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PixelatedAssassainHobbyist Traditional Artist
How did you draw her hair? This is amazing!
Stargazer178's avatar
This is really beautiful... And the way you draw her hair is just perfect! :)
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aqwaqwaq8Student Traditional Artist
Damn, all your works are incredible. Wish I'd ever come close to your perfection. :(
Don-Berry's avatar
Don-Berry 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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arminmersmannProfessional 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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Don-Berry Traditional Artist
Good luck -- can't wait to see your next piece! :))
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BravosArtistStudent Traditional Artist
this is absolutely incredible! and we have matching hair haha :)
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
:)
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AngelasPortraitsHobbyist Traditional Artist
Fabulous!!! :heart:
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graphicnovelgirlHobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic art! She so beautiful, her hair is stunning:D (Big Grin) !
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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graphicnovelgirlHobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :) (Smile) 
Belalkamel's avatar
BelalkamelProfessional 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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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
thank you  very much!
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BelalkamelProfessional General Artist
You are welcome ... 
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wingsofdragonsHobbyist Photographer
One of my favorites of yours.
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arminmersmannProfessional Traditional Artist
:)
Evenio's avatar
EvenioHobbyist
This is amazing! Well done with the curls.
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LarissaBoefHobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfection. Uhhh... what? 
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mcgrath800Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome work, can only dream of ever achieving a fraction of your ability, in awe!!!
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aurelia-accProfessional Traditional Artist
Congratulations, Armin. And once again, such an amazing portrait.
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