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“ Shattered”

Three pencil drawing framed separately, drawings one and three (8” x 8”) drawing two (8” x 14”)

This is the completed triptych titled “Shattered”. This is how it would be presented; I have posted the first and second drawings (panels) separately. The third drawing works within the triptych but it is so much like the first one I decided not to bore anyone by posting it separately.

Without getting in too much of an explanation there is a nod towards the crucifixion, and an altarpiece, But with an object we are familiar with, but just sweep away without ever really looking.

Thank you


PS still working on “Name of the Father” it should be done in a week or so.
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BlE-bLi Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
you are by far the best pencil artest i have ever seen
mollygrue Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2006
Your gallery is making me pretty giddy. Such excellent technique and choice of concepts. It's a shame that people limit you to the realm of "photorealism" because I'm certain that isn't your goal. If an artist wanted something to be photorealistic, they would just take a darned photo. There's a process inherent in the act of drawing from life, the disassembling of visual information, the choice to describe or not describe that information, and once you have the skills necessary to draw whatever you want, what is it you choose to draw and dissect?

What I'm trying to say is, it's just as much about the act of drawing as it is the about drawing itself.

Thanks so much for sharing your work. I'll be watching for more pieces and your thoughts on the subject.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Better late than never... you are absolutely right, photorealism in itself is a snoozed fest, I am interested in the techniques used but there has to be more interesting concepts and that’s what I am exploring. Thanks so much.

mediocredeity Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
You live in Michigan too? Mind if I come over and stare at you in awe?
QuiverLick Featured By Owner May 3, 2005
Insanely amazing! I keep telling myself its not a photo! You are highly admired and I can see why!
ContaminatedFaith Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
beautiful, ive been doing my best working from life, nothing on da though, i use graphite and on occasion charcoal. What do you prefer? I notice in this drawing you have really dark values, if this is graphite, how did you do that? Also i notice all your work is very precise, i can never achieve that quality because of the grain of the paper, what do you use?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks yoiu

I use graphite, I suck in charcoal cant control it. The dark background is just graphite, I use a very small size pencil .5 and .3 (softness B and 2B) of to accomplish this, the small leads keep from indenting the drawing board and leave no visible lines or the shine you get with larger wood incased pencils. I draw in small circles over numerous hours; an average drawing of this type can take from 100 to 200 hours, much of it spent on the background. An important part to this is spraying very lightly with mat fixative when it’s competed; this gets rid of any shine and inconsistencies. I need to work on the background when the humidity is constant, if I work one day with high humidity and then low you can really notice the difference of how the graphite reacts on the paper, so I work in a controlled studio with a level of humidity at about 40%. The technique with 6B and then going over it with hb works good to but its never really worked for me

ContaminatedFaith Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005
i see, thank you very much, how often do you erase?
diddydinks Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005   Filmographer
amazing work!! :D
skizzenblock Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2005  Professional Photographer
really nice sequence. excellent pencil drawing, i wish i could do things like you, you've obviously got so much skill and passion for this medium. congrats, a really great dev
Assilemy Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
I feel awfully redundant telling you how talented you are and how much pleasure it gives me to look at your work but I've done so anyway. The small rock tied above the bulb intact made me smiling, it was comically threatening.

Super fantastically well done.
msandie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005  Student General Artist
Wow!!! You are definatly a master at drawing what you see! I struggle with that (look too much at my drawing and not enough at what i'm drawing... if ya get my drift)... But this is so skillfully done! Very photographic in quality! Amazing!!! God chose well to give a such an amazing gift of art to someone who uses it well.
gwendydd Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I decided not to bore anyone by posting it separately are you serious? how could you possibly bore anyone by showing your art? i love this triptych!
MayYeo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005  Professional Filmographer
If I wouldn't know you, I swear I'm seeing three photos... I would really wonder what is the meaning of your shattered serie?
flesh-was-sweet Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2005
This is beautiful - great to see them all together - excellent :)
EddyGirl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005

your ability to make the glass come to life is amazing. i'm in utter awe of your talent.

i shall add this to my favorites and if you dont mind, i'd like to add you to my watched list. ^^
musickscapes Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2005
your technique is awesome and the idea behind this series is thought provoking! Isn't it fun to be an artist and get to see the world so differently from everyone else?!? Good Job Good Job!!!!!!!!
gramarye Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2005
Well, I've never paid much attention to a light bulb. Espescially a shattered one, other than to make sure I didn't leave any shards on the floor for my bare feet to find later. But your amazing work brings light bulbs into a whole 'different light'. ;) Outstanding work! :clap:
MaiaMadness Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
oooh, pretty... damn, your stuff looks so real in one way, and then in another not at all. how do you do that??
WaiLik Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
amazingly real! you're a master with look so real!! fav!!
asclaire Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
You know my enthusiasm for your work, this triptic is a wonder, admirable... I wish I could afford the original :)
Lain-Iwakuraa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
Oh My Gosh! first i was looking at this thinking, wow this is a cool photo ,but then i scrolled down and read the description and i was totally blown away.
rabidbribri Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
O my gosh... you are so awesome. I wish I could be half the artist you are. ;-) Love your work a lot.
roxy13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
wow these are drawings?!?! :clap: they look perfectly real! you did a wonderful job! i have to :+devwatch:
webrodent Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
amazing photo''d you make them in pencil?? lol

this is simply even got the reflection's and lighting down perfectly.

other then the can also get away with identifyiny it with the feeling of losing a great idea...i dunno just my :twocents:

oh and :+fav::thumbsup:
TwiggyMcBones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
Wow! I looked at this and thought "Man, those are some neat pictures!" Haha! Well executed, and I like the concept!
Crudity Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Student
it could be a good photo, but as a drawing, it's not an art :/
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
First of all preface a hostel statement as “in my opinion” for I think you are not the judge on what is or is not art. That’s not only presumptuous but rather lame.

Second, its up to the individual artist to say for him or herself what moves them to create in the first place, therefore the act of creating “art” is steeped in a personal artistic language that can not be judged be others.

Third the art word still has many possibility nothing is exhausted from realism to abstraction the paths are far from being totally explored. Any person who pigeon holes themselves into a single “ism” is doomed not the experience art in all its power and beauty.

Crudity, I would not nor could I do what you do, but it would be far from me to judge if you create art or not, that’s up to you. Please have some courtesy and work on yourself before you flame the rest. I have long ago stopped being impressed by art school psychobabble.

Crudity Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Student
of course, I apologize, it's just pure realism
if I would show a drawing of that kind in my school (yeah I am still in there) they would kill me for copying socialism art style :)
I know I can't say such words here or I doubt I know english that good, but what I mean is
you should carry every comment, not only "OMG it's so freakin cool"
what I couldn't see on your pictures (and I don't mean it's on mine though) was value of shadows, dominate of contrasts... you know, it's just like drawing of something you saw, there is no soul I could see, but if there is, I am sorry, I'm just blind
you can say now 'get the hell out of here, you are worse so why do you comment my stuff'
well, say what you want, I don't judge your art, I just speak my mind
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I am always happy for someone to speaks their mind, I am not beating the drum of realism or any other ism. My point only is art is very big and there much room to grow and explore. Your professors don’t want you to be a “slave” to the illusion of the real and that’s their job.

My point here is to celebrate an object and find beauty in the simply unobserved. A photo will take only the picture but the act of drawing forces you into being very intimate with every part of this object, through this process I understand light, reflection, refraction and shadow so much more. Thank you for answering my points and I appreciate your candor.

anomoli8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
amazing drawings... though deep down, i really can't believe those aren't photos... beautiful.
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robotuna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Student
You are amazing...Simply amazing.
Silcis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005   Writer
...You're amazing, I thought that these were photograph's until I read what you wrote...
pinkcookie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
drawing? :omg:

i swear these are photographs

this is incredable:faint:
such talent
this is probebly the best drawing ive seen in my life.

capoon52 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Professional Photographer
woww .. this is very impressive :D
u're very talented
bDGr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005

How the hell :D?

Thats somewhat amazing drawing :O!
+fav for that :D!!!
ampatspell Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
a w e s o m e!!
i couldn't believe this isn't photo
EternityVampyr Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: I can't believe this isn't a photo! It looks way too real! :D You have truely astonishing talent.
endless-wave Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005   Photographer
holy shit wow.
horai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
Absolutely stunning attention to all the shadow and light not to mention detail. I'm really look forward to new pieces from you. ;) :)
MagentaTheLion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005   Interface Designer
these are incredibly well drawn and meticulously executed giving em an eye-catching and thoughtful quality!
gr8 work!
SageJen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2005
i did a pieced project once but it definately wasn't this good at all;) wonderful pices you have here as always:D
AngelesLaVeau Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Its beautiful Armin. You know the rest...I've said it all a before and I'm sure you are tired of hearing it. I still think you rival the Masters and are Da Vinci reincarnate! :heart: And there are so few who understand drawing and painting to the point that goes beyond realism...everytime I hear someone scream "you are a fake", I remember your words and the great attitude you have and blow them off. I thank you for THAT everyday!!!
vauny-vaun Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
redbrokentoaster Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005   Interface Designer
i've been waiting to see this for a while now...great triptic...awesome talent and and great presentation of it...nice work
popnicute Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005  Professional General Artist
amazing :clap:
Arteestique Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this so much... Spectacular...:clap:
pot-master Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005   Artisan Crafter
did u jsut think this up or did u find it somwere and draw a picture of it
angeleyes25 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2005
Wow.. very nice. Love it.
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