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Still life Drawing III by arminmersmann Still life Drawing III by arminmersmann
Sticks and Stones

30” x 19” pencil on hot press water color paper.


A simple concept; instead of the usual flowers with their sensual soft shapes, what we undeniably think of as beautiful, I placed some sticks and stones scraped from underneath my deck and filled a beer glass (I drank the beer first). In front I placed two more beer glasses, half filled with water and stuck in just a couple of sticks. The beauty is in the distortions, refractions, and transparencies. With each new layer of glass the sticks changes in detail, sharpness and direction. What first intrigued me was that the refraction of the second largest glass where the water completely hides the sticks and stones in the back glass. Sometimes I draw for just the love of it; this was one of those times.

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:iconmackdj:
mackdj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
WOW its still hard to believe thats not a camera pic. But i know its for real. VERY NICE WORK. Im sure you know your talent is extremely amazing. Keep it up.

Deryn
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backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
nope. thats a photo. youre a liar.
thats not a drawing. it doesnt even look like it could be a drawing.
thats a picture. how dare you lie to the good people of DA!
...well, most of them are good...
anyways, NO! thats a picture. not a drawing. you lie!

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LIE!!!

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rrrr...
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mackdj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
DONT BE SUCH A FUCKING ASSUMING ASSHOLE. IF YOU DONT BELIEVE THEM SHECK OUT THEIR "WORKS IN PROGRESS"

THAT IS REALLY DISTURBING SOMING FORM A DA PERSON. LETS SEE WHAT YOU CAN DRAW WITH A PENCIL!!!!!!
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backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
whoa dude calm the fuck down i was kidding... and go look to my gallery im not that bad but im nowhere as good as this dude...

sheesh... its not like this is any of your business anyway. i commented on nimra's work, not yours.
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:iconmackdj:
mackdj Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Sorry!! :headbang:
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:iconbackonthetrain:
backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
silly computers being all anti-sarcasm and whatnot
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you serious? And this from a Zeppelin fan! /\\\
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:iconbackonthetrain:
backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
hehehe noooo im not serious, im just jealous! =p blaaah its amazing... i looked through your whole gallery and i was just blown away but this one, i think, looks the most like a photo... ive never seen glass and water drawn so well in all my 17 years...
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought you might be kidding but there is a lot of fake shit here so ya never know my friend ya never know!

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:iconbackonthetrain:
backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
ugh. some people just ruin it for everyone, eh?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Are you serous? And this from a Zeppelin fan! /\\\
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backonthetrain Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
p.s. yeah i be a zeppelin fan... i heart Zeppelin, and floyd, and Tool, and Metallica, and Orgy... aaannnnndddd... ELO and Vendetta Red... alot of stufffzzzgangster! it sucks though cause my friends are getting me into ICP... majik majik ninjaz WHAT?!?!
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chucksgal Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least you drank the :beer: first, smart man!! :thumbsup:


I love this, Armin!! It makes one appreciate things that might normally be frowned upon or at least ignored in life. I admire your ability to see beauty in seemingly mundane objects and arrangements. I am especially impressed with the realism of this, you even captured the bubbles forming on the twigs and the bits of soil and bark floating in the water. Quite lovely!! I would hang this one my wall, proudly!
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MitsUshI Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
no kidding, you drew this ?
it looks like a picture... very good job !
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Gizzygirl234 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Gorgeous piece! You have made me think about the subject that I am drawing with more depth and interest than I usually would (espically when doing a still life!) Keep up the good work ---
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sweetji Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
This is just fantastic...totally brilliant...and totally beautiful...

glass and water, just 2 of my favorite things!...I wish I could draw like this just for the love of it...wow...
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Herushi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
:wow:
Amazing!
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matthewr85 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
i want to believe this is a drawing, but the dev information lists camera details. unless of course you took a picture of the drawing. but why do that when a scanner is a much more logical choice?

drawing or photograph, this gets my :+fav:
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
The drawing is 19” x 30” it wont fit into a scanner unless it “stitch” it in Photoshop, its just easer to take a digital of it.,, thank you

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Green814 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Incredibly well done
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Phoxeh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
*oh to draw like the amazing nimra* :aww:
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PMSingEvilElf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
:eyepopping: holy shit i thought that was a photo. wow
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
Very, very beautiful. I love the details and contrasts. Excellent level of realism.
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amymduffy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
just wow
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profane Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Amazing Armin. Absolutely amazing. Great usage of a normal everyday subject. I love it +fav
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blisterine66 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional General Artist
very nice as usual
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monitwin Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I just find myself staring at the details of every stroke you put into this piece, Armin, from the delicate details of the sticks... to the amazing distortions of what the water does to the image. It is just a breathtaking piece of work! *sighs and smiles* :)

Love always,
Moni
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Anneliini Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
This is unbelievable. I could stare this hour after hour.
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horusfeathers Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
wow, great idea. another amazing work
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lydibugg Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
freaking amazing!!!! so realistic and beautiful...and there's no flowers (perfect!)
;P
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keight Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Thank you, Armin, for this lesson in observation and patience. I assume you set this up and then photographed it for reference. Correct?
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Not this one, I need to get away from photo references once in a while. I just set up the glasses with some good lighting in my studio and went at it. I have no problem with photo references but it has to be my own photo my own creative process, thank you

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keight Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
"I have no problem with photo references but it has to be my own photo my own creative process, thank you

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I feel pretty much the same about photo references. My assumption was based on the size of the piece and the time constraints imposed by natural light. I should have really recognized what I was seeing, instead of basing my assumption on my work situation.
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j0yce Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
I once tried a pencil drawing of a tree. The hardest part is getting the bark to look real. I gave up on it. This is amazing. It looks like a black and white photograph. My dream in the art world is to be able to make things like this with pencils. I envy your talent.
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llatrejull Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
the photo realism of your pencil work never ceases to amaze me. and some of he subjects are always interesting too. you always seem to have alot of religious symbols or something to that manner in your work, except for these last couple. interesting. simply stellar :+fav:

Godspeed
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arminmersmann Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I go for a while with no religious/social commentary and then it builds up and I have to say “more” then observational appreciation, but its at times like this when these ideas germinate. Thank you /\\\
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Pixarfan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Traditional Artist
holy crap. this is BEAUTIFUL. (beautiful probably doesn't even begin to describe it...) :heart: :+fav:
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EddieTheYeti Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
WOW! Very well rendered!
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theXianRAExperience Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005   Artist
One again, mind boggling. What manner of mad science created you!?
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TonHaring Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
Just excellent!!
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Dont-ask-Leviathan Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
...just unbelievable!
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RocketDude Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
damn u outdid urself

this one is even better than "Turf drawing I" awesomely done

good job
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Wandeclayt Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005  Professional Photographer
I swear I'll never hold a pencil again! :)

maybe in a hundred years I would be able to achieve these transparency and refraction effects!
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SeaFairy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
This is so good it is close to sick! Gorgeous!
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Blapperman Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
This piece of work is just :faint: amazing. The realsism is so beautiful. This is why you are one of my favourite and one of the best traditional artists here on devart.
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nexx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
.gorgeous! :clap:
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xsenius Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
Hooollyy shiitt :wow: i cant find sth to say to you..

is there anything that you cant draw??
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KarenC Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
this is so nice... very interesting composition.. i really like how parts of the largest glass get completely hidden after the water in the front glasses... and part of it being refracted on the other side of the second largest glass... very well done... i love it! :nod:
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Cerhiby Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
flawless
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Cerhiby Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2005
:O
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