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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

Armin
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Belalkamel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
great work .......
the shadow that you made and the hole drawing is amazing .... ihope to you asuccessful headway...
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mysticnova7 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Such patience and talent.
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MetalSpork Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
It almost looks like an insect... That shadow is really intriguing, I love how it fades out on the right side.
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iaini-diamantia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
that's stellar pencil work.. I mean REALLY impressive.
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kev2137 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Fantastic! You nailed the form perfectly :D
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T-Bag-Productions Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
You continually amaze me. Great piece!
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imaginee Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Love the contrast in this one Armin and the simplicity of the subject...it's a fascinating drawing!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Linda I hope all is well in your world my friend!

armin
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Karmathious Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing! When I first saw this, I thought it was a photograph because of how clean and focused it is. But then I see that you drew it! That's almost unbelievable. It's so detailed, and clean, and perfectly shaded. And the shadow!!! o_O

This deserves a standing ovation.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Marina!
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Karmathious Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome. I can only dream of my skills evolving the way that yours have. ^_^
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wavefreak Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Still in the peanut gallery, rooting you on :giggle:
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Hay and I appreciate it!

Armin
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AnoukR Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
This is crazy! I really love it! I would never have the patience to do something like that .. Amazing !!
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mmustangg Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
"I found this root while taking walk..."

That's how peyote was discovered! Be careful!*lol*

This as with all your work will be a journey.
Tell me, what's the tooth like on that board?
I'm in the market for a big smooth surface.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I found some peyote last week, spent a few days looking at the wind blow

thanks Tim

Armin
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mmustangg Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Ever listen to the color of the sky? That's fun too!
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mandiocaStudio Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
beautiful shadowing
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JK89 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
I am thinking are you satisfying the process of drawing, it's all mathematic stuff, you know, drawing grids, measuring everything and basicly you can get result similar with digital camera and some photo editing software. No offence, but I want know reason, why people do that.

Thanks ;)

I like this one. You have great eye and hand to see details, and clearly mind for putting all together.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Justin,

Sure… you can buy a chair at Wal-Mart but craftsman still use loving, long studied techniques and superior wood to build furniture by hand.

Not all of art making is about the end result, it’s about the experience of exploration, of dissecting the object and re-creating the image with the artists personal arctic language. After all I could skip even the photo bit and hang the root on my wall.

It’s not about the root; the root just triggered my curiosity.

To a great extent it’s about the journey of “observational translation” for me this is paramount to create art. When I draw and object such as this, I discover textures not seen in a photo, light which I manipulate along with shadows and small nuances that only concentrated study can bring to the table…a snap of a shutter could never give this to me.

Can you do this with a photo and digital manipulation? Possibly, that’s your call. Me not in a million, I do graphic art and plenty of photo manipulation and it’s a whole different thing-conceptually, intellectually and emotionally.

I appreciate the question thank you.

Armin
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JK89 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you Armin. I just wanted to heard something like that from you. But everything depends on life drawing, you can't experiment with photos, because you mentioned about texture, light and other things.
You are really good inspiration for me and others. I hope that I will improve my drawing skills more and more, because I have good example.
Thanks again. ;)

Justin
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Your welcome Justin, photos can be the worst crutch, unfortunately most artists including me need to use them to some extent, but with caution and self control.

Armin
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WJLACEY Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
The work of a great master and an inspriring piece.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Wes!
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WJLACEY Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
your welcome
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Dinky-niji Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
really beautiful work!!
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Pagan-Inspiration Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great drawing, I need to work on my skill with wood, and this looks like a great way to do it. Your attention to detail is beautiful.

And I agree, it does look like a bug, perhaps one exploring a wall. :)
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altocumulus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant.
Well done mate....
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Masa-chan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
It's so beautiful.

It looks like a human figure, almost. Like it's reaching, in a dance, for something.
Water, perhaps? =]

The shadow looks like a phoenix.

+fav.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

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zenatz19 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Fascinating...I especially love the shadow since it takes on a life of its own. You've turned something relatively lifeless into an alive masterpiece with multiple interpretations. :heart:
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
one of your best in a longtime! =D
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rugbygurl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
this is simply wonderful. my imagination runs wild while viewing this piece. i see so much movement in this obviously inanimate object. there are glimmers of a crucifix, an insect, and a dancing figure. your attention to detail is exquisite
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
its the crucifix that i seen rigth away more so than a bug

thanks

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Praecognita Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
The shadow is really interesting to look at, the way it just fades away.
Really cool.
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hikimedia Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Your idea is simple but great at the same time.
Incredibly drawn as always!
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RTyson Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Wonderful composition, gives the impression of simplicity to a very complex image. The root almost looks alive and the shadow like a phantom. I love it when you do pieces like this Armin.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Ruth yeah I’m always drawn back to these kinds of thing but then I need to draw the human face again.

Armin
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noOoha Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
great work,I love the shadow
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QuentinGG Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Filmographer
such well done! the whadows are so realistic!
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MafaldaR Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
you are just amazing!
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VanessaWeuffel Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
The shape reminds me of a scorpion. :] Very nice, great drawn. :star::star::star::star:
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DylanPierpont Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Love that cast shadow
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Gdawg101 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Such a wonderfully simple subject and yet I can't help but stare and wonder and gaze upon it. Wonderful as always!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!

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xBluepearlx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
The best root I've ever seen :D
Drawing is perfect,like the rest of your work
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draconion Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
está coool.
se ve super chido
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golfiscool Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Beautiful Armin!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Brian..hope all is well my friend

Armin
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golfiscool Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
No problem. Yeah, everything is great. I will be busy all winter though, got a plowing job. What's new with you?? Hope you are doing well!
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