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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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suprakarma Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
The concept is marvelous and the sticks surely create far more interesting textures and shapes than the usual flower arrangement. In my opinion at least. Needless to say, that the execution is amazing as you've shown multiple times already that you are a master with pencils. I also envy your skill in avoiding smudging the pencil all over the place. Which is the case when I decide to do something with pencils, heh.
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zummi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my.
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spesiellise Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
You are soooo GOOD! :worship:
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MrTalent Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional
wow amazing work like usual
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pldr Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, you made me stare at this for more than ten minutes :-) First thing that came to mind was "wonderfull!!" Very beautyfull in concept and composition.

I do have a comment though

:worship:

Because the point of the viewer is so up close you should be able to see the perpective in the elipses made by the glasses and the water. And I do not mean the perspective in proportion to each other, that is very well done (one watermirror above, and one below the horizon, beautyfull!!) But I think you made perfect ellipses while they should not be. The middle line of those ellipse sould all point to the same point on the horizon so, the glass in the middle (the one you emptyed first, happy you :-) ) is perfect but the two on the left and right are a bit off. the highest and lowest points from their ellipses should be left or right from their middles.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Your are right. But at this extreme close up when I shifted the ellipses in this manner it looked forced and strange to me. At times sticking just to the laws of percpective makes the image look to plotted and not observed. What I seen looked different than what the math told me, so I took the middle road. Thank you. /\\\
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bluem00n Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Beautiful concept...
Reminds me of this book in which he drew Still Life with A Murderer :P
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desiderata848 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Professional Artist
At first I thought that this was an interesting photo, juxtaposed against the normal expectations of flowers rather than dead sticks, but then, realising that it was a drawing - I'm amazed!! This is drawn with such attention to detail, and such love, that anyone who views it could almost be there. Wow!
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littlelisa222 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
This is just incredible. It might just be my favorite drawing of yours because I love the simplicity, the composition, everything. How long do you work on pieces like this, your still-lifes?
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artistm0nk Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
As always, I am speechless! :clap: As always, you're works are amazing! :D
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maniq Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
As always, I'm in awe of your abilities. :thumbsup:
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WaiLik Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
you are my master * hails*
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VickyGeez Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Really amazing I love it. Evrything is so realistic. Great job.

-VickyGeez
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amnios Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The water is excellent. You have a way with creating textures and feelings.
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AySquid Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Incredibly gorgeous.
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ixzandrah Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
YOU ARE AMAZING
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geniegirl Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
interesting :) i like it
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mmiller8 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I wish I had drawn it. Damn high praise, if you ask me. The composition is excellent. Not your ordinary still life!
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Shadow-whisper Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I'm amazed that you hand drew this. It's so detailed; it looks almost like a photograph.

Absolutely stunning. :)
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Hon-Desu Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
AND THE ROBOT HAS DONE IT AGAIN! I'm sorry, I don't mean for that to sound bad or anything. It's just mind boggling that a human being could produce something so flawless. Your bloody amazing man. *jaw drops*
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bluepulse Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dang, I thought you were getting into photography. Awesome composition! Amazing how you have the disintegration of the sticks under water. It looks like there is some alien creature peering at us in the bottom of the large glass. One of your best Nimra!
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baldandhairy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
This is amazingly beautiful, well done!
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Sh4down Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
thats totally beautifull and fantastic,the texture lights and shadows,its totaly incraedible!

you never stop to surprise me
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caleb-case Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005  Professional General Artist
everytime I see some of your drawings I can't help but go... HOLY FRIGGIN COW *blink blink* *Gape*

yeah... glass distortion and water amplification and all the shading... beyond amazing... it's incredible...

:floating:
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mindofka Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I really love the particular choice for the subject, not the usual flowers. And how you managed the water gives that sense of wood scent and purity.
Truly beautiful :)
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amazinggrace Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
May your life always be filled with drawing "for the love of it"...so our lives will be filled with the beauty of your vision. Absolutely exquisite work!!!--AG
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1stpklosr1336 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
That's beautiful. I can't imagine how much time it must have taken. The details you put into your art is so amazing. I'm always blown away.
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pink-bunny Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
looks like a b\w photo. im speechless..
:heart:
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sadedil Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
i'm thirsty :P
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AnjoDoDesespero Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
It doesn't matter what you draw, you make the most insignificant peace look like a wonderful thing, or maybe you just made me see that those things I thought insignificant were after all, beautiful.
I'm still trying to find out if I worship or hate you.
My painting teacher asked me once why was I trying so hard to draw something if I could just take a photo, I didn't knew what to say, I just like to draw that's it. Sudenly I got curious, maybe you can tell me, what could motivate someone to draw hyper-realistic things like you do?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The best way to understand any subject matter is to draw it. When drawing something with all the details you take a journey into, around and thought the subject matter. Snapping a photo will not let you get involved at all, you don’t decipher the visual hints the camera does. I never would of understood what refraction does by looking at a photo of it, but when I am forced to look hard enough to draw it then and only then do I understand the complexities of the object in front of me.

Thanks /\\\
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The best way to understand any subject matter is to draw it. When drawing something with all the details you take a journey into, around and thought the subject matter. Snapping a photo will not let you get involved at all, you don’t decipher the visual hints the camera does. I never would of understood what refraction does by looking at a photo of it, but when I am forced to look hard enough to draw it then and only then do I understand the complexities of the object in front of me.

Thanks /\\\
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IkilledMyElegance Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
Oh really?


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FAKE
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Lauren, of course the camera is posted I took a picture of the drawing, its to big for a scanner, what is it about ilk like you that would shout FAKE? Do you think I would waste my time manipulating a photo and posting it as a drawing what the fuck for? I think you need to get a life, get a job, get laid, whatever until then get a bit of an education and stop wasting peoples time.

Armin
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IkilledMyElegance Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
It doesn't even look manipulated. It looks like a black and white photo.

Sorry, but I'm still not convinced. And don't call me by my first name please, I don't know you, and you don't know anything about me. Thanks.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure I will respect that I will not call you by your first name. Now this is the second time you called me dishonest and your respect is where??

First you called my work a fake, when I explained that the camera stamp was imbedded when I took photo of the drawing you still insisted I am a liar. You’re not the first by the way and probably won’t be the last to toss this kind of crap my way. I actually have had people say to take this dribble as a complement, but to work as hard as I do and share this with mostly good people here at DA I can never take this kind of malignment as a complement. Your lack of artistic knowledge and a rude and insensitive nature is no excuse to unfoundedly flame my or anyone’s thread.
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IkilledMyElegance Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2007
yeah...I was about to say to take it as a compliment. I can't be bothered arguing anymore.

You're obviously good at what you do, your patience seems to be more put onto your artwork then with human beings, which is understandable, as art doesn't argue back.

Sorry Armin. I really do need to get a job, and a life. Thanks for pushing me in the right direction with your insults.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Peace.......
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SMdesign Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Wow! this is an amazing drawing!!! I really admire your work. How long did it take? Congratulations, i'm speechless. :clap::clap::clap::clap:
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naito-chi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
fucking christ this is amazing :o so amzing I used god's name in vain >.< come critique my realism plz? ^^;
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CrashLog Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
I'm having a hard time believing this is a drawing, but okay =p

It's superb.
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TwistedGenie Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   Traditional Artist
:omg: Amazing.........
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thienbao Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
So good!!! so....so.....GOOOOOD!!!!!
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Sagacious Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   General Artist
looks so photorealistic *gapes*
I love your talent with glass and water and reflections and stuff :D :clap:
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IbanezGuitarGod22 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
:jawdrop: what else is there to say
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johanni-chen Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
lovely, as usual :)
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ghost-of-freedom Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Youre sure this is a drawing right?....

But on a more serious note. Amazing job. I have this weird twitch where I see your work, and my jaw just drops for some reason. I dont get it, but oh well.

Ive never really enjoyed trying or looking at still life pictures, but this I can just stare at. Excellent work nimra, youve inspired me to try even harder at my work.
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MiaGawron Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
its not that hard to tell actually, if you look closely around the sticks and on the second tallest glass's right side, you can see some slight grey smudges typical of pencils.
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EmoryFirebringer Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
Beautiful in it's simplicity.
I love the look of the glass--if you don't mind me asking, how did you do it? I've tried drawing glass before and I've never been able to make it actually look like glass...
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krazedkazoo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005   General Artist
You are God, I swear... I'm amazed EVERY time I view one of your pieces. I can't even think of anything to say. It's flawless and gorgeous as usual.
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