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Precious
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This is very experimental for me in a number of ways. For years I have worked with Photoshop at my job and used it for my drawings to see into shadows by the use of the curve tool. With this drawing I took an owl skull and tried to mimic the look of what it would like using this tool. I did use other images of old photos using the curve tool but not the owl, I wanted to have free reign to create and not be forced to just copy a Photoshoped image. This is a combination of positive and negative tones along with distortions of the hand and a blurry background with I normally don’t do. Not only was this drawing a completely different process it’s also very small of me (9" x 12")but its only small part of the presentation. I have built a “surround” out of wood that’s painted to resemble rust it’s all about nature taking back. When I have it all put together ill post it, but here is the drawing first. When done the whole presentation will be 32” x 36”.

Thanks for looking
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Given 2009-02-11
Immediately gripping, Precious by `nimra calls for ageless rumination as the distortions flow and warp forever on, thus in effect spellbinding, a piece to hypnotize and enthrall. ( Suggested by DarthHoney and Featured by snowmask )
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BojanPapic Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please accept submission of this piece to:
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It will make a great addition to our group gallery.
Make sure You visit us, best regards! :D
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Senecal Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of classical silver print solarization.
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FreakyArtist Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
I, too, use Photoshop to be able to see more shadows and highlights than I am able to by just looking at an untouched photo. :D I'm so glad I'm not the only one who realizes this!
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lawayne Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
thank you old mentor
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MWIreland001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010   Traditional Artist
i love it
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Joy-cheers Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work Armin!!!
:D
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EddieGirl Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Student
your pencil work is incredible
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Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I know this one. The experiment looks wicked, but it does not appeal to me personally. But I'm not understanding this message either, so sew me ;)
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
the attorneys will get a hold of you soon to sever the papers….
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madugongmaria Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
is that really an owl? so... the hands are holding a baby owl?

whatever. anyway, i really love the surreality of this. awesome :)
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runawayitssally Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
before i read
the first thing i thought was
i dont even know what it is but it looks fucking cool
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:iconawesomelylostfishies:
Wow, i thought this was a photograph at first!
Amazing job!
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mongkih Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional General Artist
agree with others, AWESOME :)
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:iconfenzer:
Fenzer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Great job. Weird to look at. In a good way though!
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lulena Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
I have no idea what it is. BRILLIANT!
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chocokoneko Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is cool! It's like you are the new Rorschach. This is awesome. I had to observe it for a while, but I do love it.
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wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I see the hands I thought I saw a Spider there as well .. I like it WE all see something else here ..

kool..
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Swank8 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
This could be really lovely as a solarized photograph if you had the time... Excellent work. I really like your blend of realism and interpretation of the image.
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Lumbe Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student
Beautiful - when I first saw it I thought of solarization in the darkroom, actually - but the fact that its pencil is really amazing. Stunning job!
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WJLACEY Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
armin a massive congratulation on the daily deviation. you seem to have strook some sort of cords in people with this work, they love it like all of your work.

keep em comin.

wes
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bringudown Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
very cool.
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CrimsonxBlood Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Woah!
This picture is so awesome, I can't even look at it. >___<
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teh-shapeshifter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
if totally done by hand then fabulous
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Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Photographer
Congrats on the DD. This is definitely a "what is that?" piece that makes you sit and stare for a while until it all comes into focus
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gzertkl Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
amazing as usual...but what exactly is it??
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Peafie-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Its a pair of hands holding an owl skull. Isn't it obvious? 0_o
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hinata-h15 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
not really.......
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Peafie-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Well I like it. It shows intimacy between the two characters I think. Personal preference, hon. :) x
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hinata-h15 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda like your opinion of it ^^ now that i look at it it does look like that. but........
it's still not that obvious... to me that is
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papagaaislaai Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
coooool :-)
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curtition Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
ii cant even make out what this is. =P
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
its a drawing of you Miguel geees cant you see that?

/\\\
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curtition Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Thanks! :D
i look so pretty in it...
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ZSunsTragedy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Very incredible I do and trully love it!!
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JohnnyScharonne Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Wow, I'm inspired!
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miriamuk21 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :)

Finally :D
This is a great piece!
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aileen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
To be honest, I was at first going to dismiss this as a cheap 2 second photoshop "effect" by someone who discovered levels for the first time. But after reading the detailed description and realizing you did this by hand, I must give you props - you're pushing the limit on how you see the world around you, and how you report that vision through art. Very cool work.

I hope to see the final presentation as well!
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I have to go farther with this; the image treated in this way would be better served as part a work. Here you have the surround without it I think it would be less but it’s an evolving concept.

Thanks

Armin
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varmeovn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Great idea, you did a really good job:)
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Jajka24 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2009
Wow, amazing! :clap:
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krisa731 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Beautiful, intricate work! I love the negative space around the outside of the hands, it frames the piece up well.
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Chrisabad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2008
Your art never ceases to amaze me, for even your experimental projects always turn out wonderful. Although this is from my stand point, you probably see every flaw in it. I know I do for my art work.
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miriamuk21 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very impressive! :D

I can't believe you came up with these type of negative lightning of the image.

Amazing! I'm glad I read your description, if not, I would've thought you made the effect in an editing program. :) :+fav:
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MayYeo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I'm really impressed that you didn't copy a photoshopped photo. Your mastering of skills is beyond impressive. I'll be awaiting the final result
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colorin-productions Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Student General Artist
Very interesting process and result!!
I can't wait to see the final product!
xoxo,
-Malú-
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thrasher317 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
Keep this going if you can. Even though your previous work is very interesting in it's own right, this new direction is very appealing, especially in the realm of graphite art. Best of luck to you.
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Exotic-Lover1 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
That looks good. After seeing some of your work, do you teach art somewhere? If you do, I wanna learn to do extreme details like you. I know practicing advice, but getting to your level might take quite a while.
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scabrouspencil Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful i like the feel of it too!
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donhkzjeronk Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing.. Wekk-grounded
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Ferrarinka Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
just WOW
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