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Still life Drawing III by arminmersmann Still life Drawing III by arminmersmann
Sticks and Stones

30” x 19” pencil on hot press water color paper.


A simple concept; instead of the usual flowers with their sensual soft shapes, what we undeniably think of as beautiful, I placed some sticks and stones scraped from underneath my deck and filled a beer glass (I drank the beer first). In front I placed two more beer glasses, half filled with water and stuck in just a couple of sticks. The beauty is in the distortions, refractions, and transparencies. With each new layer of glass the sticks changes in detail, sharpness and direction. What first intrigued me was that the refraction of the second largest glass where the water completely hides the sticks and stones in the back glass. Sometimes I draw for just the love of it; this was one of those times.

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:iconpiara:
Piara Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2005   Traditional Artist
Your work is a brilliant inspiration!
Thank you
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midnight-dreaming Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2005  Student
this is a drawing!!! wow I thought it was a photo lol
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SoulRiser Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005   General Artist
this looks amazingly realistic... yet i can still see it is really pencil... you are amazingly good, and i will be watching and hopefully picking up some tips :D

btw, one of my art teachers from school used to say that making pencil drawings that are this realistic don't count as art because you might as well just take a photo... :roll: and to think these are the same people that tell you "there are no rules in art" =P
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crystada Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
You're a rare talent here on DA. Man, I'm glad I put a devwatch on you. The detail in the bark and air bubbles on the submerged sticks really make this drawing. What makes the drawing real for me is the background (easily the most mundane and simplistic part); it grounds the image. Instead of having the subject floating in a canvas you stabalize it and give it presence making it look damn near a photograph. A simple detail, but one that really shows care of the final presentation. But at the bark... I bow down to your skills, sir.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Chad, the background was a last minute decision, and for the reasons you alluded to, it’s the simple things that are the hardest to conceive, glad you noticed. /\\\
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Bluesrat Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2005
It is beautiful, isn't it? So subtle, and all the better for that.
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my-papers Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
Great work
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o0QuiNteSseNce0o Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2005   Digital Artist
oh wow...you drew this? it's GOOD!!! *^^*
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Big20 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005   Traditional Artist
oh my fucking god!!!!!!!!!!! you DREW this???? jesus mother of christ!!
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---soulfly--- Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha i know if i could be bothered i could maybe draw half as good as this. it takes so long though i gotto learn discipline...
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dell Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005
This is awe-inspiring photorealistic pencil work...hats of to you on this one.
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Gabriela-Badillo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005   Traditional Artist
Wow. Beautiful.
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alkelimetalloid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
it is absolutely amazing how you think up stuff like this. great job as usual on the drawing... i just really like how you can actually see the refracting light and everything... i always used to stick pencils in water and look at how the appearence changes from air to water...
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dreamboarder Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
ummmmm



you make me ashamed of ever calling myself an artist. :worship:
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cpss Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
beautiful pencil work as always and love your unusual concept :)
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gwendydd Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just incredible!
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operaqueen Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2005
That's the still life concept I've been waiting for :) The idea and composition are striking, it's wonderful.
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lizarts Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
The concept is brilliant. The work is flawless as always. Thank you for the incredible inspiration.
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angeleyes25 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
Wow.. very realistic.. love it! Details are awesome!
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siffert Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
Very well done! Great work! :worship:
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Esconderijo Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
Oh my...! I thought it was a photography... then i realised it was you, the great artist and talented nimra and i made fullview...................... i'm so impressed. A big star to you, star. :-)
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downwithsociety Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
:jawdrop: ....to say that you're amazing is a vast understatement. :D
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creative-dreams Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
wow i wish this sort of talent cud come to me lol ur work is of real inspiration i admire just how much effort u put in to ur work. TOp stuff well done lol
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pshem Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2005
it always amaze me how you put all those details into your drawings, but I think the most concerning problem for me is: how you keep all those drawing so clean?! :O.o: when I use pencils, there are always some smudges from my hand :|
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Aerin-Kayne Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I very much like the concept.
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artbyRenata Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
Hmm, I tried to comment, but it didn't show up. I so enjoy looking at your work Armin. In particular your second last piece called "Turf" and this one. Sticks and water in beer glasses are quite beautiful, aren't they? :-)
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NancyT Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
This is really awesome. I felt like I was looking at the real thing!
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Gabe27C Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
Amazing detail. Great work!
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killaby Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
A - This drawing is quite intriguing as the "Turf" one is as well. I see the infraction of the second largest glass where the back is barely visible. I noticed one thing about the angle of the largest glass in that it almost looks as if you are looking up at it from a lower angle but the water is level. It's beautifully composed and it seems peaceful to me. How was that beer by the way?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Maureen the beer was great, I kept choking on the sticks though? The water lever on the small glass is about where the horizon line is, at that angle its almost flat. Thanks for the good words my friend,


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darksoultyrant Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
Wow...just...wow...
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LucaTedde Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm really loving your still life's
This piece is just amazing, it's really relaxing... a great composition, as always I'm really stuck to perfect proportions and balances and at the beginning the third little glass on the right disturbed me a bit, but in time I understood its power, it keeps on capturing my attention to the whole drawing, it helps me not to merge myself with the calm of the composition, it awakes me and keep my attention high.

I love the little suspension particles in the water, and the little air bubbles on the wood. It makes it alive.

And the background is so cool, I mean it's quite digital... a kinda "gaussian blur". What did you use to create such a delicate gradient? Tissue?

...:+fav:
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MVestala Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This drawing is absolutely beautiful:) so lifelike, as all of your drawings of course=)
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Raz-Xion Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Student General Artist
"(I drank the beer first)"
:giggle: little commentary like that make me read on.

Anyways, even for just a 'drawing for the love of it' piece.. even using the subjects you did, it's pretty amazing. Any sort of tips you can give for reflection of glass and water? Because that's just amazing.
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cecilia Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
few people love their work as you do, i hope you never lose that
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def-jux Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Bloody hell. Anything I say here is pointless. Good work mate. Instant fav.
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ContrastedShadow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Student
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu uuuuuuuuuuuuuuk. That's awesome. Everything is drawn in perfect proportion and line value is great also the reflections.Wow.
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jubliantlaine Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful. It almost looks photorealistic, but there's a rawness to it that gives it an attractive ambiguous feel.
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
What a stunning idea, briliantly executed; this makes me want to try my hand at something similar as it seems like something that would really push envelopes for me. Thank you so much for the gorgeous inspiration.
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yeauxArdent Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
your detail is simply stunning. The simple black and white adds to the variance in texture.
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TemptedBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Wow, there is no way that is a drawing... Like wow... :wow:
I hope you don't mind if I silently worship you! o
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MHNB Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
It's amazing how you can take anything, draw it and make it look like a photograph. Whenever I look at your drawings that's what I think - they're photos. But they're not and... you just have such a great talent. Wow.
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blueguitar Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm in awe of anyone who can draw water in a glass.
great job.
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BattyBones Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
I have no words for it. This is amazing!
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horai Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Some of the beauty is just ine the shapes and textures of the stick incredibly well reproduced. I just sit here and marvel at the patience and time taken to make this. :)
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Yorkster Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
sometimes...it makes me ILL to think of how much patience real artists have.
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i love the composition. i could stare at this picture forever.
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Arteestique Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Even though my jaw drops everytime I see a piece of yours...this one is completely phenomenal my dear:bow:... I admire you!!!:hug:
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beingDevious Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
i simply cannot fathom how undeniably AWESOME you are! every one of your pieces just amazes me at its detail. i cant distinguish between black/white PHOTOGRAPHY and your work. this goes far beyond talent!!!
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silvio-feitosa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Really you and incredible, your drawing is of a photographic reality. congratulations.
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such-a-lovely-color Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
this is the best still life i have ever seen. at first i thought it was a picture. very frieking good! i like how you draw... its amazing. did you go to college for it?
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