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Fractured Patterns pencil by arminmersmann Fractured Patterns pencil by arminmersmann

“Fractured Patterns” Pencil on mounted watercolor paper.  50” x 40”

This was a major undertaking the scale and the complexities at times where daunting yet that’s what got me interested in drawing this.  I started it in November but tore a rotator cuff so I was sidelined for three months and still needed to get it done for a major solo show at Manifest Gallery, the last eight weeks I averaged 12 hours a days some days where 20. Not complaining mind it was an amazing journey.  I used thirty reference photos and I box of branches and sticks so I could work from real textures as much as possible.  Here are two links where this will be featured:…

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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Paul-Shanghai Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible 'bar raising' piece - the utmost admiration for your skill and dedication - brilliant work :)
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist

thanks Paul you do some great work yourself, i appreciate  the good words.  Armin

msilvestre Featured By Owner Edited Oct 28, 2016  Professional General Artist
I see some trees like that here in Kansas. :) 

Beautifully done! Congratulations! 
Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016
What an amazing image! So impressive! Fantastic tones! 
tagroves Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
This is truly one of the craziest undertakings I've come across. Congratulations on completing it, and extremely well done on maintaining a grasp on sanity while you did.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
ShaleseSands Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work! The realism you have achieved here and the immense amount of detail is superb. :)
FaithzX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! The size and detail is incredible! Well done for doing it :D
TribalDoodler Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2016
Incredible skill! 
FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
BowlFreak Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
awesome piece!!!....great details!Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
TheAppleScientist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: What you do is amazing!
Althea2You Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2016
really beautiful! well done!! you inspire me to be better and to practice my art more. Im sure you inspire countless others as well! keep it up!
FaeryWing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so impressive, such a masterpiece!:clap: It must be breathtaking in person. Congratulations and good luck with the exhibition. I wish I lived close enough to come and see it. I also hope your injury has fully healed, I had similar a few years ago and found it very frustrating because there was too much to do to let it heal quickly!
markstewart Featured By Owner Edited Aug 13, 2016   Traditional Artist
First off congrats on getting this piece finished on time Armin considering the injury to your shoulder and your time constraint. Hope the show is a success ... Time to catch up on some well needed sleep now ;)
PabloRuiz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2016
Michawolf13 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hagge Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
The detail is remarkable ...
Guypopcorn Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There is so many details on it that i cannot follow, i just love it, amazing job!
Darkmir Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It almost seems as if the last 20% or so of this went amazingly fast. Perhaps it is just my perception. But in watching you execute one of these, Armin, I sometimes feel that you reach a point of critical mass, and the composition surges forward at much greater speed. This seems to occur more towards the end of a given work, rather than in the middle or closer to the beginning.

It seems as if, perhaps, each piece is somewhat akin to a puzzle, and that, like a puzzle, at a certain point, with much of the pattern revealed, and with fewer pieces overall remaining to be placed, that it becomes more clear what goes where, so to speak.

In any case, another brilliant piece, my friend. Your patience and discipline are remarkable.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
you are right Rob, it went quick in a sense for i have never in my carrier had to work so much, without a break at times 20 hours a day sleep three and do it over again. Its a whole different way of working than say nine hours, take a break play the guitar, drink a beer draw  another hour and so on.  This was balls to the wall drawing. I made sure i wasn't compromising my vision nor did I do any short cuts i would of rather not have done the exhibit then to that. It is like a puzzle i have to make sure the branches connect and go behind, in front, disappear, appear and make sense.  Twice I had to erase hours of drawing time for misplacing a major limb or branch, would someone notice, possibly not but I would.  Thank you my friend   Armin
Darkmir Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Armin, I feel compelled to very strongly warn you to be careful working so much!

When I was 24, I went into business with another artist. We both loved fantasy art. He and I began to travel to science fiction and fantasy conventions across America, selling original art, color and black and white high quality prints, and commissioned illustrations executed on the floor at the show. These shows held art auctions, and we would try to sell perhaps a dozen hand picked originals in the auction as well.

In the beginning, we did well. We would book a show about once every two months. At a show, we would sell perhaps 5 or 6 original pieces. My partner and I could produce new original pieces at the rate of about 3-4 pieces a month, so we were able to not only replace our "inventory", but add in a couple of new pieces each month as well.

Then, seemingly overnight, we began to achieve some success, and notoriety at shows. Instead of having to call and/or write show organizers, sometimes up to a year in advance, to book space in the show as a vendor, we began to get invitations to come to a show as a celebrity guest.  At first this was all very low key... we'd get some space on the sales floor, space in the auction, and our names would appear on flyers and in newspaper ads as celebrity guests. In VERY small type, down near the bottom of the flyer or ad, but still on the list none-the-less.

Then we began to pick up more and more shows, And they began to offer us more exposure. Our names started appearing closer to the top of the guest list. Shows began to offer us free hotel accommodations, and asking us to appear on panels and in seminars. We began to get asked for our autographs. Without even knowing it was happening, we went from a show every two months or so to a show every 3 weeks. Not only that, but instead of selling just 5 or 6 pieces of our original art, we would sometimes sell upwards of a dozen pieces. At one show, we sold more than 20 pieces of original art. More importantly, these shows began to have expectations of us. Some shows would negotiate with us, offering us special accommodations and exposure at the show in exchange for us promising to debut at least 6 new images at their show.

Fame is a serious drug. My partner and I wanted things to keep going, of course. So we tried to keep replacing all that art. We were young, so in the beginning we did okay. Our 10 hour days went to 14 hours, then to 16 hours. Then to 20 hours. Then it got to the point where we stopped taking days off between shows.

I lasted almost 7 months before I had a complete breakdown that almost cost me my art career altogether. My partner tried to keep going after I quit. 2 months later, his wife left him. A month after that, he had a nervous breakdown on the show floor at a show in Chicago, and spent 2 weeks in the hospital. Both of us had to stop dong convention appearances for a year. When we tried to go back, the momentum was gone. I was actually glad.

Sometimes it can feel rewarding to work as hard as you described, but I warn you: it is NOT sustainable. It can damage your artistic drive and creativity, with the REAL possibility that such damage is permanent. Not to mention damaging your health.  I tell you this as someone who experienced it first hand.

Please, please be careful, my friend.

arminmersmann Featured By Owner Edited Aug 15, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist

This pace was an anomaly, caused by a torn rotator cuff and a new puppy I could do without the pain of the rotator injury but the puppy is now a year old can’t do without my Jasper.  Now it back to my routine six to eight hour days and playing or playing at the guitar.  I could never do this full time or even again unless it was a major deal like this was.  Thank you so much for the great words and advise Rob.    Ill sleep on it, many many hours… :)

RandyAinsworth Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great talent!
Semini Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twoacks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
That was amazing to follow.
Ellygator Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
LO-ZONE Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
touchofthesoul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SchechterArts Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016   General Artist
Don't...I...wish I could draw like that.

Your work puts nearly all other pencil artists to shame, honestly. Still tryin', though.
OleWormius Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is insane. If I didn't know that you drew this, there's no way anyone could convince me it's not a photograph.
Ragnar949 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Clap Clap Clap   all I can say
christophf Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
besser als photo!
hyper realism!
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Spectacular as usual!!!!!
IamDogged Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
This is well worth the efforts! Such amazingly minute details and the shading is sheer genius!
Jiuhenna Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those Details.....more than perfect !
gazdag01 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Felix-Jojo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Impressive... Well done
cloistering Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wonderful! Kudos and Congratulations!
cogwurx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Outstanding! Your work never ceases to amaze.
inormal Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
Well, my friend, you did it....I've been eagerly following your progress, hoping you wouldn't kill yourself in this amazing process....The work is amazing, and so are you...You remain my main inspiration, for you are the living, breathing, lesson, that vision, and hard work reaps wondrous rewards....Bravo...
SootheNoo1959 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work! :clap:
ZONBE Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
shouzen! i'm lost for words!
Melanisme Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016
You always managed to impress me!
I can't believe this is not a picture!
Your art is amazing, keep it up!
GeorgeXVII Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016   Traditional Artist
OMG , this one is very realistic/minimalistic . Awesome drawing . Congrats !!! :heart: :clap:
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