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WIP Winter Trees IX by arminmersmann WIP Winter Trees IX by arminmersmann

Winter Trees IX (working title) pencil on Arches Hot Press mounted on maple 40” x 50”


It’s been years since I have posted a “work in progress”, this is the main drawing for my solo exhibit at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati starting in August.  This is the second largest drawing that I have ever completed, I have about 60 hours into to it so far.  I’m using a grid on this one, the complexity is enormous without one I would constantly lose my place. I’m working off of around thirty photos and many branches and twig that I have collected from the ordinal place.  I will update this WIP every two or three weeks.    

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Dan-Ouellette-Design Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice work.  Respect.  I work large format pencil as well.  Can I ask... where do you get paper that size?  I use Strathmore Bristol 4ply sheets (the heat of my lights tends to warp the paper) but they only come 30x40 max.  Keep up the effort!!  Incidentally I have a design for an easel which enables a bar to slide across the paper less than an inch away and keep my hand off the surface... very cool.  I'll send photos if you're interested.  Made it myself.
andrianalima Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Iron1969 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Pentel 1000 addict!  Nice work.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks !!!
Iron1969 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Sent you a note buddy.
yipzhang5201314 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How many grids are there in total? Like 2,000?
arminmersmann2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
It never ceases to amaze me: your eyes are 40 cm away from the surface, freehand, with the arm up and steady... there doesn't even seem to be a proper lighting in the room.
I know that's what you do, your usual. But I'm impressed every time.
leedragom Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
holy f shit :O look like a photo
Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Awesome start. I'll be watching.......
ZONBE Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
I'm sure it's going to be incredible. looking forward to seeing the WIP's
You know I once took over 100 hours to complete a drawing  -- and I thought that was a pretty
long time . And even that
size of the work was  pretty large ( for me ) -- about 24" x 30"  :lol:

It would be interesting to know how many other ( if known ) artists in history -  have created such large, detailed and time consuming drawings. 

It seems to come under the title of 'obsessive' - but I'm not implying that as something negative . I've always felt that artists , inventors , scientists , etc 
have sometimes been obsessive to achieve their aims . -  ( taking a trait that in the 'normal' population would be looked at askance  - at least by psychiatrists - 
and turning it into a positive )   

So I guess what I might ask -- is -- do you considered yourself - 'obsessive'  in any other ways - and could that trait have  led to your first such drawing of this magnitude ? 

Sorry - not intending to get personal , or pry -- just curious -certainly the end results are quite amazing and I would imagine can only be fully appreciated in person .

I'm sure you must have spoken on this subject in the past - or been asked . At any rate your talent is undeniable ! ....cheers ~ douglas   

arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

 I have OCD not kidding it’s not a laughing matter is a terrible affliction, I was diagnosed with it about 20 years ago.  I was put on medication and it helped and knowing what it was helped. I was afraid my cure would change how I did and looked at art…it did not…I still have OCD it’s under control but my love of the complexity is still there and has nothing to do with OCD and if it does thank GOD.  my  son has ADHD i tell him use it as gift as i have, all the Prozac in the world should not take away the passion. 

DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
Well said and thanks for sharing Armin ! 
 You certainly have a great attitude and have 
found a way to frame the situation that doesn't
attempt to nail everything down to strict definitions. 
Many artists have varying psychological / physical 
ailments that probably influence their art. Medications 
have often been debated as to their effect on creativity.
But you seem to have struck a balance between the two . 
It's probably an ongoing balancing act - but you and we --and your son 
are the beneficiaries of your experience . 
PabloRuiz Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2015
Always fun to see your WIP!
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