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tree drawing II by arminmersmann tree drawing II by arminmersmann
“Afterflood” Pencil on acid free Illustration Board 40” x 30”

This almost kicked my ass, I started it in early April completed it the last day of August.

In the area where I live there is a flood plain, every spring these trees are by and large underwater. I came upon this place when the waters receded- I was blown away by the complex movements of line; limbs, branches, twigs and brambles that seemed to be hanging on for dear life. Because it was this complex I had to draw it, the composition was inspired by one of my heroes Franz Kline, often abstraction is the catalyst to my compositions, my previous drawing being inspired by Pollock. The unexpected difficulty in drawing thousands of branches weaving over and under, lost lines, found lines and keeping track of all of it was a bit crazy, but rather Zen at the same time. I worked form life, photos and pieces of twigs that I collected it was quite the journey. After almost eight months on trees I’m off to do a portrait, can't wait.

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TheSculpturedDead Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Really impressed by this - the detail is incredible!
jerryhat Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A frankly astonishing drawing, well done.
AnnaRDunster Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist
That's amazing o.o
evergreen7doves Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
I love your drawing! Such great details and use of highlights!
imageconstruct Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woot. Congratulations. I have to admit, keeping track of complex patterns, trying to copy a photo, can just leave you turned around. Unbelievably. I know it.

Really like the sense of branch shapes in the low sun. Good stuff.
Christineford223 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful 
Buddy--Robinson Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If this is a drawing, it is absolutely awesome!
Safu-ra Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
I am word-less! I am totally blown away by your artwork! Amazing details but so full of emotions.
art-borescences Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Great gallery!
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
Pappa60 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
Admire your patience
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
beginit Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
gorgeous!  Did you figure out how many hours you spent?! phew -- impressive!
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
around 700 or so ...seemed forever though
prinsepolo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see much patience here. The details are amazing and shades as well. Your work is amazing, wonderful! :)
kenfordstubbs Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SJgehenna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
I adore your patience and commitment, that expresses the full glory of your talent.
(your work is proof (too me) that realism is the true beginning of all art...)
ShawnJourdonArt Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well this is just amazing wow
danielrapuano Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just read in an interview with you that you listen to Death Metal... I thought that was the coolest thing.  I figure you might appreciate some of the more macabre and complex Death Metal artwork there is out there; being that the complexity of it reminds me of your 'forest' pieces.
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your work and it would be great if you could take a look at my hyperrealistic pencil drawings. Thanks for the inspiration.:) (Smile) 
Glassrainbows93 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Woah :O
Chazrobert Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love drawing trees, but this would have served me a catastrophic overdose! Having done similar work, I can appreciate the puzzle aspect; in this drawing, I almost have to compartmentalize it to appreciate everything you have done here. Just superhuman effort, you set a precedent with your work. Congrats on this!
Volinkrein Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
how is that humanly possible!? This is amazing!
Tdkrupp Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
JayDyerLightArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
This was truly a labor of love. Great JOB! 
ems3 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Sannon-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's is amazing! I didn't even realise it had been hand drawn at first! This must have taken so much patience and skill
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lot of time that's for sure, thanks
Bara-Rose Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Extremadamente detallado
carlyanderson Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the detail, I could never get tired of looking at this
oldfolkie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant! Truly a labor of love
nackmu Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would have never had the patience to do that - you're incredible!! :faint:
popoviczr Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very good! I like how complicated it is :)
Jon-Wyatt Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's incredible! To even contemplate this as a drawing must have taken some serious guts.
You are a very brave individual.
moni-kaa5 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, the details are incredible :O
flamingflowerSPD8 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing some pieces of amazing art here, I thought my mind couldn't be blown away more... but this is INSANE!!!! Your level of patience and resistance to madness is extremely inspiring! I can't move my eyes away *_*
blanket86 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! Great work!
phoenix132 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! No wonder it took so long, it's incredible the amount of detail in this! Amazing work :)
writetopaint Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed awesome!
Istharxiii Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just amazing...
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:) /\\\
Pknight98 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this looks too real this is too awesome :)
B-N-1995 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all i can say is : wow :) amazing!!
Cloudstrive Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
When I draw I try to use some kind of measuring tool, be it a pencil or ruler use as a guide ... But, with the staggering amount of complex detail in this image.. how do you go about accomplishing it without losing your sanity???? or maybe I'm wrong,, this could possibly be done just by using only your visual judgement....!?
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
yes and no, i plot the main branches and then i draw the secondary ones then go from back to front, i use hash marks that are akin to a grid to get the major branches in. If the drawing is large or overly complex i might go to the bother of using a grid but at time this grid can just get in the way so the branches in a sense become the grid. as far as losing my sanity its been gone for years :)
Cloudstrive Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Wow what an amazing feat. What ordinary people perceive as insane, we see genius. I just can't imagine ever doing this.. It would take me 3 years to accomplish such thing. Thanks for sharing it with us :)
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
when i see this done and on a screen at that, i feel the same, is like it wasn't me that did it, sound strange i know. As im working im so involved i dont realize what it takes.
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could never imagine doing something like this....
WalkingAntique3 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Looks to me like Andrew Wyeth on drugs. To do this drawing had to take more balls than a pool table has ! I do see some Pollock in this one. Thanks for capturing what my eyes enjoy while walking in my nearby Oak forest.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
its only me on drugs......... well these days at least caffeine
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10/400 second
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Date Taken
Jan 15, 2008, 4:13:44 AM