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Drawing of Preston Jones by arminmersmann Drawing of Preston Jones by arminmersmann
Pencil Drawing of Preston Jones (Commission)

On acid free mat board 15” x 24”

I don’t often do commissions but this one is an exception. It was a great drawing to work on; Preston has a very intriguing face, a serious, deep, gaze… a thinker and artist, but with more then a hint of kindness.

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:icontannievanrijn:
tannievanrijn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG.. how could you do this bloody details? Please share the tutorial...
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FR33HANDER Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TRUE TALENT, I believe you are the best artist I've EVER come across, and I hope to one day have the ability to draw as well as you do, it's like a super power!  
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JayDyerLightArt Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Professional Photographer
Your eye and ability to draw detail are two things you should be super proud of. Your are beyond great.
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NEMYV8 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
best of best....
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Ambitions4 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! I have trouble telling if this is a photo or just some amazing artowrk!
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Jompie Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
amazing skill you have here
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:iconstraightedge1977:
StraightEdge1977 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
You killed me with this sweater texture!
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:iconsandrocosta:
sandrocosta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
His work is something magnificent, incomparable and inspiring.
Congratulations and Thank you for sharing your great talent.
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:iconpaulmellor:
paulmellor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
great work :)
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:icondonescu:
donescu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
what pencild do you use (the brand ) ? And how much time took this one to finish? Great as usually
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:icongxz973:
gxz973 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
This is absolutely amazing.
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pinoyakoearlsonvios Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow how did you do that white hair and mustache this is incredible
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barrasa8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
You have been featured on my journal [link] , please check it out and take a look to the other featured artworks.

:)
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boottotheface Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
years of experience looking at things has caused me to refine my last opinion, previously i was struck more by your skill at photorealism but now i find i admire the expression and patience in your lines more.

you captured one person perfectly with a visible essence of you, the translator, still apparent.

this is so, so much more than a photograph, or a replica of a photograph, and each deviation from the line and form of the original moment or photo only adds to the drawing's excellence

basically, you're too good to make mistakes. mistakes from the tools of lesser talents are visually interesting, sure, but your mistakes capture the emotion and place of the subject better than light and silver ever could

same goes for your newer stuff too, damn
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:iconboottotheface:
boottotheface Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
years of experience looking at things has caused me to refine my last opinion, previously i was struck more by your skill at photorealism but now i find i admire the expression and patience in your lines more.

you captured one person perfectly with a visible essence of you, the translator, still apparent.

this is so, so much more than a photograph, or a replica of a photograph, and each deviation from the line and form of the original moment or photo only adds to the drawing's excellence

basically, you're too good to make mistakes. mistakes from the tools of lesser talents are visually interesting, sure, but your mistakes capture the emotion and place of the subject better than light and silver ever could

same goes for your newer stuff too, damn
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I have never been interested as a conclusion for my work to “look like a photo” now when I get a comment of that nature I do take it in the spirit it was given, as a complement. But a comment of this nature makes my day, week, year thank you, I appreciate it very much!

Armin
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iherrero20 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
It's amazing. It's a very good portrait.
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:iconnas1234:
nas1234 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a fantastic creative achievement.
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invisible-virtuoso Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
supercalifragilisticespialidocious!!!!!
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PaP-f Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
oh god...i guess you didn't know
well....digital cameras have been invented a long time ago for capturing reality, we don't use pencils anymore....hahaha

awesome drawing man like a real picture!!!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Gotta git myself one of them new fangled camera things you spoke of…..

The problem with a snap shot, digital or film is that it one second of time spent with the model is hardly an excursion into the mind and personality of this man. The process of drawing is the process of understanding, of observation, of becoming one with the model. It’s not just about the outcome but the journey. I

great photo is a great photo but it’s not my language drawing is.

Thanks

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PaP-f Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
how old are you?if you don't mind
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
54 that right 54 and that’s not in dog years... old as God, well not quite and I’m not bitter about it, no not at all

I’m only as young as I feel and I feel like shit

Armin
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PaP-f Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
haha and you are going to be my favorite deviant because i am also as young as i feel...and i feel like shit!haha
i would really like to see some of your first sketches..you know..when you were like me
a beginner
that is ofcourse if you have kept any at all
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Nothing really, when my mom died I found some old drawings that I did when I was ten or so, funny even then I knew what I wanted to do, to be an artist.

When I got out of school my passion was abstraction but I wasn’t great at it so I turned back to realism.
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PaP-f Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
thank you for your answers
i'll be seeing you around ;)
cheers
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gzertkl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
you are the god of pencil portraits....the best pencil artist on DA! im speechless.....
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Littleartist831 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
That sweater must have killed you!
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:iconlironada:
Lironada Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Student Photographer
GENIOUS!!!!
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rhunel Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2008   General Artist
Featured your fabulous :heart: portrait here: [link] :hug:
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greaper7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
amazing!!!
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jeffro70 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
I've never seen graphite done like this,looks so real!
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greenmoon71 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
besides other things, I love how you captured the expresion in his eyes
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hyper-tom Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
truely stunning work...

the jumper is rendered to perfection, it however does look like it was very time consuming and painfull... so on that note. very well done indeed.
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bigdoug616 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008
what do you draw on???
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I draw on a drawing table... my substrate for this one is acid free mat board, younger models I use hot press illustration board

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Spiker4wash Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
Holy snaps.
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liv34b3auty Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Can I ask you something?

Whats your fav picture from yourself that you drew ?
:)


liebe grüße

jecki
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:iconarminmersmann:
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Blues for Mama, sentimentally because its about my mother who passed away 18 months ago.

Waiting Edge (Jessica Completed) technically and conceptually
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mrnacho Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
r u sure this is a drawing? lol, thats how believable it is!
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DragonTreasureArt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I am totally overwhelmed by your ability to create so many different surface textures using pencil. This is a phenomenal drawing.... Wow!!!
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DSil Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007  Student General Artist
I think purely in terms of texture, this is one of your most impressive pieces. What kind of pencils and paper did you use?
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Brian05 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
I like this man
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M2I3K8E9 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
While the drawing as a whole is unbelievable what i'm most impressed with is his sweater. How did you manage to draw every stitch and on top of that using a pencil!? People always tell me my artwork is good but man mine is nowhere close to yours. Keep up the good work.
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the good words although it’s a painstaking process I do think in the end it matters little if you don’t capture the true spirit of the model. Details are what I respond to as an artist, I like the whole Zen meditative process but I also battle the fact that this type of obsessiveness could get in the way of the main reason the work exists. My challenge is for it to still hold together in the end.

Armin
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Erwyingel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Your depictions of realism are amazing! There is no thread or pore left untended, and each wonderfully crafted segment makes a gorgeous piece altogether! It's just..wow!
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Call-Me-Lucifer Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
U're crazy!>_<"
because it looks like photo!damn!
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:iconpcsoft:
PCsOFT Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
Unbelievable !!! Absoluteley amazig !! this and each one of your galery
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:iconaklo:
aklo Featured By Owner May 9, 2007
It's simply beautiful... it's very rare for an artist to show such emotions on a 'simple' black and white drawing, and here.. you're a genius :)
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TXRanga Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2007
Amazing!!! How the hell did you have the patience for that sweater!?!? This is perfect to say the least. I hope you got alot for this.
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