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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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:iconmalcolmshortt:
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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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Magastar Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I just wanted to tell you that you are my biggest inspiration and I wish I could be as awesome artist as you one day :)
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist

Angieszka its all within you, you can achieve that and more   ...Armin

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LexisSketches Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
hello to you as well!
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rougealizarine Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your excellent art :)
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Badusev Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You works are almost too good to be true)
I'm in a sate of awe.
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sergejbag Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Very impressive Gallery!!!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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:iconmarmicminipark:
marmicminipark Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Armin !!!
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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keight Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
A very Happy Birthday to you, Armin. I wish you a wonderful time, with your family and friends, enjoying your day your way.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Katherine we had a great day ;)
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jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, Armin!  Hope you have a great time with friends and family!  Cheers!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks Jim!
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MiroDesign Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday !  :)
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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toasterofjustice Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday!,
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