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When I download a drawing like my latest tree work, I get some of this, and it's a good question and one that needs to be thought through by every realist. Why not just take a photo, or why bother with all this work when it’s already documented?

That's a great question and a realist has to answer this for him or herself, If copying without change, construction and re-invention, be it form a photograph or from life, then the creative process is not addressed, in this case I agree there is a useless element about it, it becomes a fundamental exercise at best. There is nothing wrong with these exercises if it improves your knowledge and skills as a technician. But if your aim is only to draw like "a photo", I'm afraid you will never attain what "art" has to offer. Also I think too many photo-realists rely on technical eye candy alone, with no imagination, in some sense just a limited skill in observation and a stunted creative process. Working in this manner should be a foundation to build on not an end goal.

The end result is secondary to the process. My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees.. The hallmark of photorealism is capturing distortion and out of focus areas precisely how the camera does, I'm aware of these things and eliminate most of them. My journey begins at the first look of my model the drawing process then becomes an all-consuming study. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject that's both heightened and very personal. After spending hundreds of hours drawing the small details it gives credence to a journey taking place that cannot be achieved by any other means. I don't draw just what I see; it's a combination of facts and feelings that would not work from just a snap of a shutter. I change and alter many things from the reference photos to me they are just a blueprint an informal guide at best, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a place that cannot be seen or deciphered by "normal" cameras. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this with putting it through my own psyche. I change what's in front of me, not for the sake of change but because it's inevitable and expected, it's filtered through 40 plus years of living. I have 100% control of every aspect of the final image can this be done with a photo and Photoshop? Perhaps, but not with my unique and very personal technical and artistic language.

In the end, some still call it photo-realism; it's something as an artist I have to accept. We tend to put things in categories, I just have to keep on this road and be true to my vision and artistic language and it's that honesty that will let me connect with some and not with others   Armin


Armin Mersmann
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Midland MI & Remscheid, Germany
Favorite genre of music: Metal, punk, Renaissance, rock and roll
Favorite style of art: abstract
MP3 player of choice: i-Pod

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arminmersmann Featured By Owner May 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much!
Emmab619 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016
Hello, this might be a bit of a random comment but I hadn't logged in to DeviantArt in around four years when it came to my head today. I thought I would log back in and I instantly remembered your art. It must have been at least ten years since I first saw something of yours and I was stunned by it. Yours were the first truly 'realistic' graphite drawings I had seen and I knew that is what I wanted to aspire to. I'm 23 now and I just wanted to thank you for inspiring me to work on my drawing all those years ago. Looking through your work now everything is just as beautiful as I remember it. I have a feeling 15 year old me may have left a comment on here and I just wanted to let you know that even after all these years, your work is what I think of when someone mentions art. 
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you sop much for the kind words Emma, one works hard get accolades, sells work and all of that and its a wonderful thing but to make a diffidence to a young person is truly humbled
RyAlCampulka Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You are amazing! I can almost touch your soul, when I saw your art! ☺️
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for the great comment!  Armin
Jojemo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy belated birthday wishes, Armin.  You do beautiful graphite work.  (Your photographs are not shabby either!) It is no wonder it takes so long for you to complete a drawing.  I cannot imagine myself working on any drawing or painting that long.  Since I am heading toward my 85th birthday ( the last day of July), I expect I do not have a whole lot of time to spend on anything.  :iconcatsmileplz: Thank you for the DA :iconwristwatchplz: 
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

Jojemo 85 come on that’s nothing...well it is but you could have twenty great years of making art someone that’s 30 might not have that long.  Anyway DA is full of twenty somethings it nice to see someone of your age and mine to show that art is a lifetime endeavor and it never wanes ….and thank you for you kind wishes Armin

marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday.
You're amazing!!!!
roxya1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
mcgrath800 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday big fella!
dchanna Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday!
mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Happy Birthday dear Armin!
AiniTolonen Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Happy Birthday, Armin! :iconchampagneplz:
Yainderidoo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Armin :sun:
untuox Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
Happy Birthday!!!
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Armin, Have a wonderful day. :D (Big Grin) Have your cake and eat it too 
CarbonData Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
birthday cake Happy Birthday!!
emperpep Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
MKDjahli Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm stunned by the details on each of your artworks !!!  Do you use the smearing technique on your drawings or you shade just with pencils ? You're so talented :) !!
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
no not really in don't smudge or smear mostly i use a hard penicl over a soft pencil. over blending give me a muddy look which i don't like  ...thank you for the good words ..Armin
MKDjahli Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, thanks for your answer :)!
bindii Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very impressed about your skills and your art. 
This is just fantastic... No words...

Thank you for everything on your other account too. :)
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Carol, i love the two sides of my work....yet its one thought pattern.  Your work is amazing by the way!
bindii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
So do I. I know what you mean and thank you too. 

Yours too. Although I'm not on the dark side anymore with my work it was a phase... 
Creating the best of a dark phase seeing now colors! 
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