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Shadow Play I by arminmersmann Shadow Play I by arminmersmann
Shadow Play I

Pencil on Illustration Board 20" x 40"

This work might seem a little different for me but it’s not really, it’s is in line with a series I have been working on called “Earth Currents” an homage to abstract space, nature and celebrating the insignificant. I found this root while taking walk and I knew I had to study and draw it. My concentration was on the shadow and the long negative space. The root itself was interesting and complex but laying the light in from an extreme angle made the piece work. When I do a major drawing like my current wip “Drawing of Clint” it can become so involved and so time consuming that I have to step back and do a non-narrative study of something that just fascinates me.

Thanks for looking

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LexyWright454 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Picture.... LOL This is amazing
Jokate Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
absolutely stunning! great, great job! :love:
DeaconStrucktor Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you have captured the essence of this gnarled root. The shadow play appears like the ghost or spirit of the wood. Set off against the white board, it is truly dramatic in its simplicity. The portrait format works very well with this as you've brought the viewer into an intimate connection with this root as in a traditional portrait study. Well Done!
fractalhead Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
nice wokr
armvellous Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks unbelievably beautiful and still has a 3 dimensional look
well done
Neline-ne Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
like it come to you out the paper!
iordachelivia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
such detail.. it just leaves you speechless. and this is just a tiny part of what you can do. you are an amazing person.. i love your art:x
O-Faolain Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Cool drawing. Looks like a figure hanging from a crucifix. Very dramatic shadows.
HairxOfxThexDog Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
This is how a simple root can become a magnificent subject :clap:
TigerMoon62 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
This is a very successful piece. It's a great study of negative space plus the overall balance of the subject as offset with the cast shadow is well presented on the page. The impression of the root with the cast shadow takes on an "insect-like" appearance at first glance and appears alive. This is cool because we are looking at a carefully rendered "dead" root yet it still has life in this representation. Very nice.
MorgaineA Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the shadows you did along with all that detail!
Panda-Bare Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the composition of this piece, beautiful contrast! The shadow almost seems to have a life of it's own, I can imagine it blowing away like a wisp of smoke. Well done Armin sir.
MWIreland001 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011   Traditional Artist
your shadow play pieces are aweome
BELLIZIsalah Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
my favorite ^^ ..., peace ^^
zainulctg Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2010
its wonderful
zurizu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
Awesome . nice .
OLIVEGIRL Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
this is fantastic, you capture the esencia, i love this peace of art...
NxN-a Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
cadillacphunque Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your work looks so realistic!
jamieee Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I've included you in my article [link] :heart:
Skanaos Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Tremendous Job... Congrats. (^^,)
maraisamazarao Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2009
Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Glory to the unsignificant, for so are we all!

It might be the most beautiful root I've ever seen. Even it's shadow looks great, but the highlight must be the bend on the top of the main trunk.
SRUJAL Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Very Simple Very Artistic yet very eye-catching!!!!
legomoc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
Albrecht Durer level of detailing and execution ! Great composition.
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional General Artist

niamhhannahnoir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
Orchid-Black Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Your work is amazing. I love the composition of this, the white space next to the extreme detail of the root.

:blackrose: :skullbones: :blackrose:
aileen Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
Lovely sense of depth and texture. The time you spent developing the negative space shows well.
Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
This is EXACTLY what my goal in my current drawing is about. Your twigg is withered, but the tones of hyperrealism would be different then yours. To make it so that it matches up a balance to make it CONVINCING real and at the same time marks your style as an artist. Your composition with thrown shadows is right at it's place and you have the tendency to grab it out of the paper. So if that effect is crossed over, your goal in my believes is reached.
sidneyeileen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: Hi! I featured this deviation in my journal today --> [link]
Misty-In-The-Shadows Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Such an amazing job you did. Its so magnificent. :)

Simple and Beautiful.
Fungleberry Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It is always nice to see your work. I feel so much stronger as an artist knowing that others work through the same difficulties as myself. Thanks for being so dedicated! You are excellent. So is this drawing.

Your composition is well chosen. Especially for playing with negative space. As always your mark making is subtle, strong and a beautiful illusion of reality.

JarredBeck Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly amazing Armin!!
Toyaisme Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Such a strange piece of wood or a stick... but how precious done!
smilelovedie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
i must ask

how do you keep the rest of the page looking so clean?
i always have trouble doing that :)
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I just turn the drawing so my hand rests on an empty area. thanks

AlexCphoto Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008   Photographer
How very wicked looking.. a petrified wraith.
johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008

-John Paul
Leyla1692 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
OMG you're awesome.....I...just....don't know what to say *____*
Crystal-LJ Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008
OK, do not laugh at me, but I do not know the name of them and I tried to research on what they are, but I drew an example and it just reminds me of them: [link]

I think they like have some air on the bottom that blows through and then they are like swaying and all. You might see them once int he blue moon in front of some store, like some washing machine store. I do not know what they are, but I got an image of that stuck in my mind. :XD: Yet, of course a twig is stiff and not flowing, but the shape just have that one thing pop into my head.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Crystal, now i'll have to burn the damn thing...LOL

zebra45 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2008  Student you use mechanical pencils?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yes i do use them well at least most of the time
PenDiablo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
this could be tweaked into a horror illustration. ^_^ Seriously though, love this drawing, wish I could handle the medium that well.. my shading sucks and I tend to overwork
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

CaffeinatedBrew Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Student Traditional Artist

It is good to see you post "studies" as well as WIPs and finished works. I sometimes feel like I'm wasting time by drawing this and that and trying different techniques, and light sources and stuff. I'm encouraged seeing you -still- doing these types of things. Thanks!

arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Mmmmmmmmmm why do you think it’s a waste of time?? “Art of the New”……can be accomplished in any “ism” with any medium but its very hard and rare but worth the pursuit. In the sixties a couple of noobs committed suicide as “art” for they thought everything was accomplished, thinning of the heard I guess. No one knows if what they do is new or should anyone care, do what is honest, say something about how you personally see the world and share it with others, be sincere about your work not just that it has to shock, be new or avant-garde, that mind set is doomed anyway.
CaffeinatedBrew Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Right now my goals are to improve my skills and refine my own style so that I'm able to confidently create images as I imagine them.

Thank you for your encouragement.

gromyko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
amen to that. the art of the new has to have some that i invite you to join :iconiiaaproject:, a project i started here in DA. If you wish to participate send me a note and i will be honored to have you with us.

consider this an informal invitation

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November 11, 2008
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10/500 second
Focal Length
46 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 11, 2008, 9:25:45 AM