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Lace, MAR V by arminmersmann Lace, MAR V :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 40 3 New Moon Old Bones by arminmersmann New Moon Old Bones :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 37 2 Earth Currents  VII by arminmersmann Earth Currents VII :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 32 3 Winter Skins  II by arminmersmann Winter Skins II :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 48 5 Winter Lines by arminmersmann Winter Lines :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 50 9 Shadow Play III by arminmersmann Shadow Play III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 120 17 Fractured Patterns by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 121 25 Winter Skins III by arminmersmann Winter Skins III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 65 8 eye drawing by arminmersmann eye drawing :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 186 34 Fractured Patterns wip by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 84 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 60 10 Fractured Patterns wip by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 65 13 tree wip 4 by arminmersmann tree wip 4 :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 47 13 Wip III by arminmersmann Wip III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 47 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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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2018

A new group has started its journey in DeviantArt ... The group is called :icontraditional-masters: Traditional-Masters and is a group for traditional artists who want to publicize their works and know the works of other traditional artists .. 
At the moment we are very few because it has just opened the group, but without a doubt we will grow and we will form a great community ... It would be an honor to have your presence in the group ... If you are interested, please sign up and you will be welcome...

Regards ... Hi! :icontraditional-masters:
WillabeastWrestler Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, my name is Wilhelmina and I’m trying out different hobbies, art has aLways been a favorite activity of mine, but I can’t seem to find the right style... any suggestions? Does the one your using work for you? Do you think it could work for me?
Lmomjian Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Happy Birthday Armin!
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
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GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday !!
untuox Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Happy Birthday!!!
simbalm Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Joyeux art-niversaire! :party:
gazdag01 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2017
Armin Hi if you check my drawings are not too cheeky request and give your opinion about them thanks gazdag01 deviantART
TricepTerry Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't believe I haven't seen your work until now.. You're an inspiration man. The amount of detail and effort in your drawings, especially the ones of trees just blow my mind. Keep doing what you're doing, I look forward to seeing more! ^_^
pepperbunbun Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Armin, your work continues to amaze and inspire me as a graphite artist myself. You are able to capture in your work the details that make a viewer believe one is actually looking at the subject itself, not just a photograph of it. The way you are able to capture the textures of hair, skin, tree bark, snow, etc. is just phenomenal to me. I had the opportunity to see some of your pieces in person at Studio 23 in Bay City a few years ago and I remember just standing and admiring the way you captured even the stray fibers of a knitted shirt in one of your pieces! Do you have any advice for graphite artists on how to transition from photorealism to achieving greater depths of realism in their drawings? I work almost exclusively from photos when I draw and I know many of the details are lost to the camera and printer this way. I’d greatly appreciate any insight you can give!

arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
that's so very kind thank you so much for the nice words.  Armin
ClownCarnage Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Student General Artist
I feel as if your work is a reminder, to the bulk of the artists on this site, how much study and practice with the elements and principles is important. I believe many of us do not realize, or even forget, just how much work is involved in art. 

With that being said, I have seen many realists in my time involved in the arts, but your work is beyond the greatest I think I have ever witnessed. Your attention to detail and texture blows my mind and is very inspiring. 
It's amazing to see the result of many years of practice and discipline within art. My hat is off to you, sir. 
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much that's very kind. If my work stands out in realism and that's an "if" it would have to be because i spent my first ten years out of art school as an abstractionist.  This was an amazing time but i had to go to my natural artistic language one of realism....thank you again...Armin   
xxxxxBrianF Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
Your work blows my mind in a great way!
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much
francyliiu Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm new at this website and today I just stumbled over your drawings and I just can't believe how wonderful your artwork is!! I am completely impressed!
Absolutely stunning and amazing! 

Greetings from germany! :)
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you very much Germany i still my home as is the states i was born in Remscheid studied in Dusseldorf but i have been here for a long time, might move back if a certain person becomes pres .....I let that be cant be political on my art page
Jbergas Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SchechterArts Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016   General Artist
I came back to DA after an absence of more than a decade (have had a few different accounts here). One thing that hasn't changed: Your Jedi mastery of the pencil. With enough practice the rest of us can hope to, at best, achieve maybe a third of your skill.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you for the nice words!  Armin
SchechterArts Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016   General Artist
They are honest words, sir.

If I can pay for it & attend the next time he holds one, I'd like to attend one of J.D. Hillberry's courses. I can shade okay & put down layers, but my work is amateurish compared to Hillberry's as well as a ways to go.
xXPetunia-I-Luv-UXx Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh dear! You'r art is sooooo great!! It's so photo realistic, and pretty, and admirable! I just HAVE To watch you!!!:) :D ;) :love: :nod: :hug: :huggle: :heart: :clap: :clap: :woohoo: :woohoo: :wave: :airborne: :w00t: :boing: :boogie: :squee: :squee: :dance: :happycry: :strong: :floating: :bounce: :w00t!: =D
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