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Shattered III  pencil drawing by arminmersmann Shattered III  pencil drawing by arminmersmann
Shattered III (center panel) pencil drawing

Drawing on hotpress wc board

I have changed my concept or simplified its presentation. It will work more like a classical triptych; large center drawing and two somewhat “mirrored” images on each side. I posted the left side a month ago one of the pair of “smashed” bulbs. (see gallery) The wires of these bulbs point out from the center image, which is larger and has a stabilizing effect. The outside images are 8” x 8” the center drawing is 8” x 16” I will post the whole triptych as soon as I can get a good shot of it together. In a very lose and abstract way it speaks to the biblical crucifixion.

Thanks for Looking

Nimra

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vietkat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
run out of word to say...the other said it all...
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firesprite Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
your pencil drawings are on par with Escher, who is one of my favorite artists. I get a feeling of tension looking at this one, with that rock suspended over the delicately rendered glass bulb. You, sir, are absolutely astounding. I would love to see this talent to make something look like a photograph applied to something with a fantastic element to it; you would bring it to life like nobody's business.
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Gangres Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Move along. Time to finish the composition so we can fully enjoy the splendor. At the moment im not sure i understand the biblical reference but im sure it will be conveyed in full on your final release. Im loving your choice in moving into inanimate objects. Especially glass. As of recently i have been trying to render glass and it was quite a patient task. It requires a proper setting, placement, and lighting to get full affect. Not only is this interesting on an artistic precision level but compositionally. I say this because whereas I am just now exploring this realm of our art, you are working to perfect it. This as well as the "Shattered" piece exemplarly displays your attention to values. I think i speak for most of your fans when i say, Its always a pleasure.

Allen H.
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Kata Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work! O.O Such a fun concept too :D so awesome XD
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Arteestique Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
:clap: :clap: This is so terrific... Beautiful!!!! :clap: :clap:
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ApothecaryHoBo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
an obvious favourite! superb piece
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detium Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Photographer
most amazing hand with the pencill. how do you even begin something like this making it so reall.. damn
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Sh4down Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
very perfecionist,amazing like always my friend!

how you been lately ? :D
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Roonzy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Damn. This is so amazing. How do you ONLY have 39 comments? You're the best artist I've ever seen. I love your work ^_^
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scabrouspencil Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
oh boy, your works are really jaw dropping . I Wana know sumthing tho, did u do all this wif your imagination? impressive as ever.
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
that's pretty amazing .. i look forward to the entire concept .. pretty abstract bibilical reference
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ezrawolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
this work feels very impersonal. impersonal to you. Like its a thesis invented to make a point you vaguely care about. Art meant to be art.

Ive been guilty of making impersonal art. Toiled and intentional. Its usually an assignment for someone though.

technically stunning of course.
silhouetted shape of church windows does something very important.
the whole thing feels surreal but in definition, its a modern still life. neat
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice to see you here my friend, its been a while,

Impersonal? No. I world not even sharpen my pencil without a personal interest. Is it “simple” in its imagery and symbolism, definitely. Its about the fragile and temporary, man made”(light bulb) strong and permanent, nature (rock). It’s about my interest in the play of light, the subtle nature of shadows and play of sfumato. The nature of transparency with its distortions, magnifications and reductions are fantastic to observe and draw. And remember you are only looking at a third of the work.

Is it shock art? Not at all. Is it tense? Yes, the center panel is the moments before destruction; each side panel the aftermath. Yes, its still just a light bulb… and a small rock…. this time.

Is it personal to you? Obviously not, and that’s part of creating art, some will find interest and align with your concept, other wont, that’s part of the art process and expected.

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ezrawolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Ahh, I think youve got it. It doesnt relate to me much.

It is very effective though.
Youve mad great visual tension with the composition of both bulb images. Youve tapped into some very tender buttons in the human psyche of today. Temporary and permenance for sure, but many others. There is a strong human reaction to broken glass, especially that thin malicious glass. It being done so tight and photographic allows it to produce this shock without the time it takes for someone tor register it all. The light bulb has definitely been a symbol of invention and progression for a very long time. An icon for the scientific view of conciousness. The athiest Sistene Chapel.

I love interpreting this stuff.

I had the honour to know Tony Only, a family friend, and wizard with watercolour. I got to go flying in his 2 man plane maybe 6 months before he crashed it into the frasier river while suffering a heart attack. I was still really into symbolism and visual essays at that point, although I wasnt getting much done. I told him how I thought art should be more conceptual. The way I interpreted how he replied was that That was bullshit, that there are enough of these visually talentless visual artists to make the concept art. If you have something that one can interpret with words why not write it down and save some time for yourself and everyone looking at it. Words can explain an idea directly, once the characters are understood and the definitions are in order, a plight can be expressed in seconds. Words can be very emotional, but you and I both know what an Image can evoke something in you that can not be defined. When you act, you either act completely scrypted or completely improvised, if your anywhere in between the two then your losing the strengths of both.
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ezrawolf Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
I cant remember exsactly what he said. But it was probly close to 9 words said in a very specific way.
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asclaire Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Pure talent, each time I so regret the necessarily small size of the submission, I wish I could bend over this piece and contemplate the immense details for hours, the transparency is such a marvel ... the ribbon about to break, the texture of the stone, all that IS perfection. Great work, :worship: is not enough :)
:+fav:
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gunman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
what can I say? what should I say? no found words as usual, so I,ll just sit here and look at it , and ever five minutes pick my jaw up off the floor.
YOU Buddy are a magician with a pencil
take care stay lucky Gunny
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siron Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
excellent once again.
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lysticlon3r Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you have the most perfect pencil drawings I have ever seen in my life, in utter seriousness. I know you hear it every time you submit something and must get tired of all the ranting and raving about how great you are, but it honestly is amazing to me. And there is so much more here than just talent, there is a devotion to art. It's beautiful.
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Einion Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
I had to forcibly remind myself that this wasn't a photo when I first saw it! Great work as always Armin, not just technically either.
:star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star::star-empty:

Einion
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escapepodone Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Interface Designer
not much to say. uve achieved an absolute mastery of your craft. gorgous work yet again.
:thumbsup:
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pencillicious Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Writer
Your work is always so painstakingly detailed. I wish I could achieve that level of realism! Someday perhaps...with a whole lot more patience and practice. All three images in this series are brilliantly rendered.
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pmagod Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
coolest lightbulb ive ever seen man =P
i was kinda wondering where ou were since i hadnt seen any art from you
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Bilious Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional General Artist
your attention to detail is always so amazing... this honestly looked like a photograph at first glance. So much depth and form to each object, especially the rock. I have so much love for your hands. :heart:
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schultzi Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
I just can't get enough of your work. Not only is it great, but it has a meaning. I love it, good job.
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danielrsimoes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow man.. very realistic.. really good..

fuiz
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Linaya Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Ow my god, (can i name you my god ? =D)

That's purely amazin !!
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alkelimetalloid Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
i love the concept... it's like at any moment that ribbon could snap and just smash the lightbulb to pieces... i don'tknow... but great concept.. i probably sound ridiculous, but it says a lot...
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flesh-was-sweet Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Amazing work - as I would expect from the master of art.

The concept is wonderful and the light reflections amazing - brilliant.
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NeMeNeSsA Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
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silver-sky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Traditional Artist
Incredible! It looks like a photograph! Where did you learn your techniques and how in the world do you have the kind of patience?
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eliq Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Although all of your work is incredible I really like this one because I can tell more than most of your other works that this is a drawing. Its also interesting to see no human in it. I love the abstract concept mixed with such perfect realistic images. I'm curious to be in your mind for just an hour or so. It obviously works so differently from mine. Its fascinating that you are so motivated to translate life with such realism. I am much more motivated by abstract notions such as emotions and release of them. Anyway, I'm babbling. Amazing stuff as always.
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bicini Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Amazing... as usual ;)

simply :heart: it...
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:iconinsnerationconsiprcy:
Great concept. Very well done, I can not believe this is a drawing. Magnificient!
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zdudley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Amazing, can't wait to see all of it together.
Don
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artistchick Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Wow . . . awesome idea. Awesome shading, very realisitic. Love the presentation and can't wait to see the rest! =)
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horai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Your work is always so realistic and detailed it's almost scary. :D
Stunning talent as always and I can't wait to see the whole thing put together. :)
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xwereallmadherex Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
You never fail to amaze me... This is absolutely awesome, as per usual. Great, fantastic, wonderful, amazing job. :D
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gaborcsigas Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
will the idea light up first :lightbulb: or is the shattering pain of a creative low phase going to prevail :headache: ? umm, i'm seeing my own trouble reflected in your art, everyday questions of people hanging between inspired and uninspired states. :nod: great drawing, and sorry for the :blahblah:
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emo-outfitter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
I love this series. You make up for the numerous artists who rush their drawings and cheat themselves of their own talent. Your work is beautiful and I'm happy to view it!

-Alisha
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ciddy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Cool :D
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la-te-ra-lus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
This is very beautiful and artistic, nice work.
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e-maid Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Wonderful work, great technique and a amazing idea! :+fav:
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intendedself Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
This is subtle. Life and death walking hand in hand. 'Light' is what alone can make us metamorphose this process of death into life. beautiful.
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AnjoDoDesespero Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004   Traditional Artist
You are the pencil God, your works are always so real.
Great gallery.
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Amenite Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Absolutely perfect, the details are incredible. I love the whole feel of the piece. It's all... twisted, makes me think of Hitchcock. Favourite for sure.
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kaiack Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004  Professional General Artist
Draw faster!!! I can hardly wait to see new work by you! lol

Excellent!! :-)
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Taiia Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
Marvellous work, generally extremely realistic, but still full of a specific atmosphere, like every your work. Ingenious composition, I would call it conceptual.

I guess I do not have to write anything about your technique. You are the best, your technique is the best. Simply amazing. Definitely next :+fav:.

Best regards :hug:.
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nukedukem Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
cool composition, and as usual great drawingskill =]
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thesinisterpenguin Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
WOAH. double WOAH. no words can describe my amazement...so...:glomp: amazing.
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