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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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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure i would be happy to

Armin
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gromyko Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
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again thank you.

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katevlcek Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
awesome. love the shadow and simple subject matter, great composition also
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squanpie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks almost sort of crucifix-like :)

and the shadow could almost be the spirit rising from it...

I like how the the root seems to point in one direction, while the shadow directs you back in the other. That's the main thing I love about your work - not only are you amazing technically, but there are so many different aspects of the composition in even the 'simplest' of your subjects for me to look at. Your drawings always look so thought out and planned - although of course you might just be the king of 'happy accidents' =p
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djRimzi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
:faint:
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swampabilly Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
this is a very nice one Armin. Things, that most of us wont notice in today's life or don't pay
attention to, can be such interresting if be watched closely, putting it in the wright light.
Good observation Armin, attention to detail, bringing out its potential.

Guido.
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Emilyahedrick Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow that looks so real!! :D
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wilson419 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2008
Quite beautiful m8!
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bane-snc Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Artisan Crafter
i still think you should draw on bigger sizes....
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Arlyn-Anari Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Photographer
Great job on that shadow! :D
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The realism and shading of the piece are wonderful!
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Traumhaft!
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:iconciuin:
Ciuin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Beautiful piece. Fantastic attention to the tones and detail.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Wow great piece of work.
The negative space makes the root extra powerfull and the layers of shading is amazing.
You made a dead root come alive!
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Geeze...i love all those value changes! Great piece of work! :clap:
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eikenboom Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You make something special of a very simple thing...That is real art ; that is what art is all about.
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kTrox1322 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
Wow.
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Samhraidh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
love how you have taken something as ordinary as a root and turned it into a stunning piece of art, ifs fabulous, well done. is illustration board like bristol board?
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Gymnart Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally awesome!! :jawdrop:
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FaMz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
I always wonder how a person trains their eye to see exactly whats there and draw it the same way. I've tried still life drawings but never could draw back everything I see. Do you photograph the study and then draw it or draw it from plain view?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
When I get the chance to draw from life as in this case I am so happy I don’t need photos to work from. When I draw a portrait and have 600+ hours of drawing to do I do use photos as ‘;part” of the process.

Armin
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FaMz Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
:) thats great. Its so much better than a photograph

600+ hours...wow! thats some dedication...I wouldn't even make it past 6 hours or so :)
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daysleeper81 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008
i love your works. they're making me think about the details of life. and sometimes a little piece of root is much more expressive then anything else... :thumbsup: :clap:
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ChaoticKatastrophe Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
awsome, admired. How long did htis take for you?
I like your idea, and your consentrations. Very cool.
This is very abstract almost. Looks like a Preyamantis. If i spelt that right.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
no to long about 40 hours or so, nice to use some negative space

Armin
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sam0o0 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very Very beautiful! Love the contrast and the subtle fading shadow. I also like the use of space (I mean the empty space at the bottom) which might seem insignificant but I think it adds to it.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I think in a work like this its as much about what you don’t draw than what you do, I agree the negative space is important.

thanks

Armin
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Chrisabad Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
It's amazing how something as simple as a root can be so complex once you start to draw it. Also the shadow gives an extreme level of depth to the whole piece a. Hope you enjoyed working on this.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I did, I’ll revisit these works for sure

Thanks

Armin
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Isobel82 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
It's beautful, there's all sorts of shapes in it and with the shadow it looks very much like a photograph! I love detailed tradtional art!
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JacobineB Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thought it was some bug when I saw the thumbnail :P
Good work as allways!
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cey-cey Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
really great...
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dizzykid Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008
this is great man, at first i thought it was another of your wip's - it's nice to be able to enjoy the simplicity in subjects with the stripped background ... really allows the eyes to focus on exactly what you want the veiwer to see - that masterfull use of negative space almost adds a movement .. very reminicent of a strange bug crawling up the board
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l--unbound--l Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
incredible. truly great:nod:
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complicatedart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
not bad.....
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
your to kind....
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complicatedart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
hehehe...really??? :))
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idiotx Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   Traditional Artist
You have taken something mundane, maybe overlooked or taken for granted, and turned it into something precious. First it takes the curious eye to see the potential in the object in its natural state, and your magical, thoughtful rendering that ultimately breaths new life into said object. Very very nice work.
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zhoumlh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
wow the shadow is awesome :)
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kennyc Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
Nice Armin.
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Sagacious Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008   General Artist
I love it! What a wonderful find :)
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Puritanikal Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
just..wow! amazing detail, it seems real...wow!!!
and the shading *_*
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CaimanR Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
this doesnt look like pencil at all...
truely amazing.
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Jacob-3D Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow that's incredible. When I first saw it, I thought that was a picture in my deviations list. Awesome stuff, how long have you been drawing for?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Fourth plus years ……………damn that makes me old aye?
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Ok let make it forty plus years.............see how old I am can’t even write anymore
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Jacob-3D Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
hahaha all I can say is I hope I can draw that good eventually, I don't care how long it takes me. Who knows maybe I'll be saying the same thing to some kid in fourth years lol.
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asclaire Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
The work on the shadow has drawn my eyes in the first place, it dances beyond what was the root,
and "...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." I've got such quotes from you written/hidden onto my desk blotter, in case I forget what's essential in Art :worship:
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks Pat, yeah the shadow is what fascinated me, what would a drawing be like if something is throwing a shadow onto the picture plane but is off of it so you don’t see the subject at all just the shadow, mmmmmmmmmmmmm could be kind of interesting.

Armin
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asclaire Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
It is interesting indeed, it happens to me to be frustrated by being unable to capture my own shadow in my everyday life, I bet it could tell me things about myself :)
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