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Lace, MAR V by arminmersmann Lace, MAR V :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 26 3 New Moon Old Bones by arminmersmann New Moon Old Bones :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 27 2 Earth Currents  VII by arminmersmann Earth Currents VII :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 21 3 Winter Skins  II by arminmersmann Winter Skins II :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 44 5 Winter Lines by arminmersmann Winter Lines :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 45 9 Shadow Play III by arminmersmann Shadow Play III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 120 17 Fractured Patterns by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 117 25 Winter Skins III by arminmersmann Winter Skins III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 64 8 eye drawing by arminmersmann eye drawing :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 190 34 Fractured Patterns wip by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 80 29 Fractured Patterns in progress by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns in progress :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 28 12 Fractured Patterns WIP by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns WIP :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 62 10 Fractured Patterns wip by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 66 13 tree wip 4 by arminmersmann tree wip 4 :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 47 13 Wip III by arminmersmann Wip III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 48 8 Winter Trees IX WIP2 by arminmersmann Winter Trees IX WIP2 :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 33 7

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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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speeeedy Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2002
Welcome to DA! Your skill with graphite is extraordinary! You are on my watchlist now...

propellen Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2002
I just have to say that I love your drawings, and thats a great first submission! You've got a great talent, and from now on, you'er on my watch :) (Smile)
keep up the good work and give us more! :D (Big Grin)
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