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Fractured Patterns pleasing the crowds :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 10 12 Winter Skins III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 56 7 eye drawing :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 176 33 Fractured Patterns pencil :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 189 47 Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 72 29 Drawing WIP :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 27 12 Fractured Patterns WIP :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 64 10 Fractured Patterns wip :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 68 13 tree wip 4 :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 47 13 Wip III :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 48 8 Winter Trees IX WIP2 :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 33 7 WIP Winter Trees IX :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 38 16 Winter Skins II :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 89 17 catacomb V :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 34 1 catacomb IIIA :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 20 1 catacomb IA :iconarminmersmann:arminmersmann 35 2

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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

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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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Micks1 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
My goodness the art! What do you use for the majority of your art? Just pencil or do you use other utensils? O.O I LOVE IT ALL! :)
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Just pencil, so ease to store or carry around with you  ;)
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Micks1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
That's amazing! :) you have amazing talent!
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
as you like renaissance/old music, too: may I recommend to you: the harpist mara galassi (she got her own page, some tracks youtube, certainly at deezer):
'il viaggio di lucrezia' - maybe a good music for your drawings - both to draw and to look at closely :))
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
ill check it out thanks Fabio
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lemontea Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015
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yipzhang5201314 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I got inspiration from your works and journals a lot. Thank you.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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yipzhang5201314 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure
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schodowski Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love your Art!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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schodowski Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :)
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SM-Lozen21 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
Incredible gallery !  It's nothing but Great Art.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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Reinhard1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
Today is the Big Day. Keep my fingers crossed. Cheers.
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Reinhard1 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Armin, thanks for the reply and your thoughts. Having followed and admired you for quite some time now it is highly fascinating for me to observe the - in my personal feeling - exciting direction you are taking your art. I had written this before but IMHO your experiment with Gerald and your iPhone has so fundamentally and dramatically influenced the way Armin has taken and is taking. Some years ago you said that your real love is abstract art and seems you are coming back to that. With a fascinating and hyper-realistic twist. I am keeping my fingers crossed that people will vote for you to give you the recognition you deserve.

My best to Val and her art as well. I am sure we will hear good news.

I had taken the time to take a look at what had been available over the internet of the submitted art at Grand Rapids and think that you definitely should rank up there as a real contender for the ArtPrize. We will find out, won't we?
Cheers, Reinhard
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Reinhard, i do think your right about my love is abstraction but through realism i can have both of late,  to be able to be Gerald is and was truly a gift for i could step away without the ever grumblings of "when are  you going to draw another eye, face, tree etc."  but as far as ArtPrize goes these Iron Skins are so unsentimental the the public can not understand them and that's fine, expected really   this coming year im working on new tree drawings for a series of exhibits called TREES, new drawing by Armin Mersmann  looking forward to these I stared the first one about a month ago be well my friend .....Armin
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Reinhard1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
My friend, how's Grand Rapids doing? Cheers
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

it starts on Wednesday Reinhard, they look great on the wall, when i saw them up i was amazed at the power of them.  People that see them in person   are really interested in but not so much here or as an internet image as whole.  Some art people gravitate to no matter what a series  like Iron Skins is very obscure and more cerebral , you break down all the fluff, sentiment, the human form, and what we think of beautiful it’s hard to wrap your head around and i understand that.  In a way they are the most honest work i have done since Simplicity of Silence.  The venue is great and Val and i are both in the same please for the first time in seven years of doing ArtPrize but it’s a bit out of the way so no top 50 for me this year and after coming in fourth last year it will be a bit sad, yet it’s the best group of artists i have aver shown with at this event and that’s fantastic.    i have some major shows coming up in the next two years called "Trees" so that's what ill be working on,  Portraits? not for a while but when i get a bit older and uglier im doing a huge one of me.  Thank you my friend.  Armin 

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AtelierArends Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
Hi Armin, do you know when you come back to Germany? Kind regards Britta from Hamburg
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MalcolmShortt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Just stumbled upon your page & work.
Absolutely incredible! Inspiring and emotive.
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Trydning Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, Nimra...you never fail to amaze and inspire. Keep up the good work!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:) thank you so much!
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Trydning Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Any time. You have earned as much, and then some!
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BaselMahmoud Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Outstanding draws always :)
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