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Drawing of Clint completed by nimra Drawing of Clint completed by nimra
Title: Beyond the Pale, pencil on illustration board, 32” x 40”

Its strange what one feels when completing a major drawing like this. You would think it would be a happy time but instead it’s a mixture of relief, regret, satisfaction and disappointment. As in all my work I’ve strived for perfection only to realize once again it’s not going to happen, but as long as I still strive it’s worth it. Yet there is a certain satisfaction with a job well done, what was only a concept a little more than a year ago is now a reality, real flesh and graphite

“Beyond the Pale” is an old expression meaning beyond the boundary, beyond the accepted norm, A pale was a wooden stake placed as a marker indicating a property line. The subject in this piece is a dreamer, a bohemian, left-thinking, artist-type whose views where once a part of our culture and now are discarded along with lava lamps, black lights and bell bottoms. His old, like-minded comrades are now attorneys and bankers who have become of the same money-changing ilk they once all spoke against so many years ago. Yet he stuck to his beliefs, still yearning for “death to the machine” and continuing to desperately claw away from the system he has fought against all these years. Self-portrait? …Maybe.

Thanks for looking

Armin Mersmann
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Chazrobert Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great piece. I like the way the eyes capture the image and the way they make him look , lost in thought, miles away, the thousand yard stare. I think this could be the self portrait of any dreamer, because I could actually see myself in this picture as well, relating to him.  Technically, I would say you need not worry about perfection or imperfection, as it were, as you are the only one who finds it. Noone eles is seeing anything but fantastic results here. You are in the highest bracket of talent, someone I can say I am inspired by in my own journey as an artist.
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ac120 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:-o
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JimmiGilbi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not only is there a great portrait here but also great artistic and mastery of words.
Once read another look at what is presented and it totally changes what you see. self portrait? Without knowing I cannot say but the language sure points to that.
Thank ou for showing us 
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Paul2960 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Scary real!, Wow..........
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nimra Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Not only is your drawing simply fantastic but your description is riveting! I can't possibly describe how much I love this!!
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nimra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
You are very welcome!! :happybounce:
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   Artisan Crafter
A man after my own heart, and a positively beautiful portrait. The real him shines through.
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ZuhaLoveMusic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
oh my...u're the greatest in realistic genre. I wish to know ur name.
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