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Wip III by arminmersmann Wip III by arminmersmann

Drawing in progress , Graphite on Arches water color paper mounted on maple    40” x 50”  


This is the hardest drawing I’ve ever worked on for many reasons, what you are seeing  is the simpler passages, the hard stuff is in the center.  That in itself is ok, after all that’s what I am interested in - complexity.  But the deadline is July and I have been working on this since November, I have about 300 hours into it so far and it will take at least a 1000 hours.  Between a full time job, teaching, a rotator cuff injury and Jasper (my puppy, who is my buddy) I get half the time to draw then what I’m used to.  All I can do is not think ahead and draw one branch at time …still I love the journey!   

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ZONBE Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
keep up the good work, it will be all worth it. i wish i could see you sork in person . amazing!
Samarai Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
I told you playing professional quarterback could have a detrimental effect on your art, but did you listen to me..?!

What's that old saying.. "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.."  I guess the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune are just that.  Or, as we used to say, when I was in the Army, "When the shit storm hits, it doesn't care who's outside."

Okay.  I'm done with homilies and quotes now.  I wish you all the luck in the world, in your endeavor, my friend, while I have faith that, if anyone can, you will doubtless 'git er done'...  Oops, apparently I had one more quote left in me.

Doesn't do any good to wear out any more superlatives, gushing about your art.  I've done that to death.  Just know that I remain amazed at your talent and we can leave it at that.

Carry on, dude.
arminmersmann2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I am taking a three week sabbatical away from dog and family, away from TV and internet (not that is spend much time on them anyway) it will be me, my drawing, my Les Paul and amp, let see what happens ...thanks for the good words
Dude-in-the-box Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. You certainly got patience.
arminmersmann2 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
oh  sure without a grid i would get lost at every branch even with the grid half the time is intriguing what branch goes where.... i tell you Micheal without my photography not the reference photos, but my art of...i could not do this 
Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
I know and understand.  I am drawing a Barred Owl.  I think I'd rather be drawing tree branches than those feathers sometimes.  There is a little difference between it and the reference, "he" is still balanced but his angle changed a bit.;) (Wink)   Hours and hours later I notice. It did make me laugh, for not paying close enough attention, from farther away.  I forgot a lot.:D (Big Grin)    At least it still works.

What do use mostly,  mechanical pencils?
Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
Decisions, decisions, decisions......every pencil mark is one.  Something I love about drawing.   I've never drawn that large before, I am going to have to give it try once my attempts to recapture some of my lost skills bear more fruit.  I am seeing a complete grid?
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