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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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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.
Sarang-Lee 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
egyptianeden Featured By Owner May 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, I love your art so much and the simplicity of silence is such an amazing piece.
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!
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