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Requiem II by nimra Requiem II by nimra
“Requiem II” pencil drawing 31” x 39”

The struggle here was after I drew the smashed bulbs I liked it as it was, yet in my heart the drawing did not align with my concept. The drawing was not intended to be a “still life” but a symbolic representation of an altar piece and funeral lament. To have left it alone and just crop it wouldn’t have been enough in this particular drawing. I always set out with a goal in mind, this of course isn’t set in stone but I would have never been happy with this work if I didn’t push the envelope. Just the bulbs would have been interesting but safe, I needed to say more.

The bulbs have come to represent a spent life, they once held energy and gave us light to see by they now are swept aside and discarded like a little known ancestor. Three of course is a very strong number, representing the trinity, birth-life-death and the unity of mind-body-spirit. Not only are there three destroyed light bulbs but also in the alluded grave marker are three stone slabs. The decaying wood cross-member in its process of decomposition makes the horizontal member of a cruciform turning into an altar piece. The wire holding the wood in place unites the two images (bulbs and gravestone). Spatially my attempt is to make these objects much grander than three small bulbs and a stick but have them creating a wide landscape. These ideas don’t live within one work but are chapters in a concept that are continually being explored with in different guises.

Thanks for looking
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lookhappy Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
amazing again
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Mortzilla Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i saw this and i loved it so much you are great
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Dyson247 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
pure awesome
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TigerMoon62 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
An excellent piece. Thanks for the description as well. It is great to look at a piece like this and wonder about the symbolism yet your explanation helps provide clarity and insight. Your work is technically superior in many ways.
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Ellyevans679 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are one of the featured artists in my latest journal including this beautiful work [link]

:heart: Elle
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s-o-i-b Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
Interesting gallery, many thanks.
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ammirammir Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
incredible.
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It seems in your long years of experience you've been able to channel your ability and take the best out of it, and yet you seem unsatisfied.

I've been asking myself a few questions lately, what does it mean to be a precise artist? What exactly is achieved by being able to portray levels of depth, texture and shades at a level sometimes makes digital programs blush? Is anything really gained?
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nimra Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
For you it seems useless, for me drawing in this manner celebrates my world and my inclusion in it, I learn from every stroke for to execute what I do I have to see beyond just glimpsing around me, I have to decipher, translate and finally to empathize and this gives me incite.

Am I unsatisfied…yup that’s not for my style of work but my nature and temperament, satisfaction… you can shoot for it, but when you find, you’ll not be it.

Precise? I’ve never been precise in my life, yet like perfection pursuit’s value is in the journey.
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ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No, it isn't useless to me, not in the least bit. I see, and then I observe, and then I think, and then I have to look again, and I imagine, my mind wonders, my fingers and head tingle, and I keep on looking on, and I wouldn't stop had I no time constraint. All that happens when I see a drawing done with the deepest if care, those works of art that have the essence of the artist's soul engraved in them with every stroke, and spread upon the canvas with their blending and texturing techniques. Drawings like yours.

I do see what you mean about having to decipher, translate, and empathize only after having gone far beyond what most would initially see through the vagueness of only one sense.

All journeys, sadly, must end whether they have reached their destination or not; there is, however, the beauty of not knowing when it will end. This lets us persevere.
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nimra Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
i agree well said. Thank you

Armin
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Darioixs Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010
INCREDIBOL !!!!!!!!!
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SeekinaVarasati Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How does a light bulb reincarnate?
Very inspiring work, man, I think I'll have to print and than put this into the back of my sketchbook. (It's some kinda Place For Very Inspiring Artwork to me. This will be the third painting there.)
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nimra Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
light bulbs probably don't, we might- thanks for the good words
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SeekinaVarasati Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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veronique72 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
phenominal!!! wow!!!!
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doctaword Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
How do you do your blending? Sorry if it's an amateur question, but I'm just learning :)
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nimra Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
nothing to feel sorry for my frined, i dont blend not in the way that you are used to I blend in a way with a hard pencil over soft, that’s about it though hope this helps

Armin
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doctaword Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply. Do you use references?
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nimra Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
for some of it i do, thx
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DrawnArt93 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
what kind of pencils did you use? pls reply, I admire your artwork and this looks alot like a charcoal drawing. It's so great!
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nimra Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you I use mechanical pencils Pental GraphGear 1000 mostly .5 2B, Charcoal dive me nuts.

Armin
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DrawnArt93 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
yeah, it so smudgy, but its faster than pencil.
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plisk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Nice, thank you..
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CallieFink Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a masterpiece. Such stunning work, and i love the representation on this piece. Fantastic!
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Verazynt-rhumaxis Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Dear god. That is... mindblowing. Like, here's my mind *points at own head* *explosion sound* Yeah. See that bloody mess painting the walls of the room? That would be my brain after I saw this.

Very in-depth symbolism, I really like the linking elements. The decay of the wood and how it comes together with the stone to make the cross, and how the wood is held by the stone, those things carry much symbolism but I'm afraid I can only begin to grasp it in the abstract.
:o
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ThePhenom14 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How long did it take you?

Amazing
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Although I live in a very morbid state of mind, I never ever thought about the funeral connotation of broken lightbulbs. But it is an even more briliant idea to summarise life to a brief flash of energy (most of which is wasted in useless heat anyway).

Still... I don't think I perfectly understand the part with the decaying wood and the altar : the wood, as the horizontal part of a crucifix, turns the gravestone into an altar by its relative position regarding the stone...? Also, why is the wood decaying, exactly? And why link the two parts with the wire?

I don't expect you take time to clear that up just to satisfy my curiosity, but I'd suggest you add some more comments on this, so that I wouldn't be asking questions.

One last thing : the landscape impression is obvious. Total success.
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nimra Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your in-depth assessment on this drawing.

The cruciform is made by the wood and pillar of cement. Wood being made by nature cement being made by man both are domed for reclamation, as we are (light bulb). I don’t expect nor do I even want for the viewer to understand these symbols exactly as I see them that would be illustrative and boring. But what I am after is just what you got out of it-a sense of mystery, yet instinctively you knew something was being said.

PS I enjoy your work!

Armin
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Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Oh, now I understand! Your wood/cement opposition is a clever idea too (as a matter of fact, I illustrated quite the same idea with the axe, but I won't bother you with that), and it's even better when you unite both in the shape of a most meaningful symbol as the cross!

I'm grateful you shared that with me. (And thanks for dropping by my humble gallery, by the way. Your visit was an honour.)
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leila-j Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
you must have incredible patience. this is amazing. great work
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BrianFIN Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing
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LiamSharp Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Professional Artist
As always - immaculate, and strangely touching. What you do with a pencil I've never seen anybody else achieve.

Wonderful work.

Regards,

Liam.
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iamjuice Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Student
very impressive
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Leetmonkey Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
It's like you just splashed water on my artistic-sides' dried face.
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lady-gdu Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
just...wow.
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niamhhannahnoir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009
just unreal!love your work :)
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monsterfilm Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
this image has such strength it's rediculous. i love the concept and of course technically it's amazing.
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
That is beautiful, great....FANTASTIC!!!
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful, great.....FANTASTIC!!!
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BarbaraM Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
this is a real masterpiece, u're a genious...
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AlexGutkin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great!
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zutara-fan-forever Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
wow...you're really good!!!!!!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Absolutely amazing work!

I love the meaning behind it all too, thought-provoking art rocks!

BTW - :iconjunnigatsu: turned me on to your gallery!
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fudaryli Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
very strong concept i like not only the draw but the energy and expressiveness of all the simbolism. great piece

[link] you might like this lightbulbs, from my own gallery, it have another ecologist concept about saving energy, and progress, i hope you like it, and i will be glad if you pass through my painting section, to give me some advices and strong critique about my work.
beacuse you are a master :)
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Luis,

Great angle on the bulb an lighting I like the concept as well. You drawings are great I love the distortion of the faces where sight but very recognizable. Thanks for the good words I appreciate it.

We have the same taste in music, I’ve got tickets to see Metallica next week this will be my fifth time seeing them they should kick as once again.

Armin
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Wicked-Illusion Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've featured this amazing work in my latest news article,hope you don't mind [link]
Happy New Year! :party:
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broadstreetstudio Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
I am sorry but I cannot get of this piece. Great to find you here
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emeseszorenyi Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing! this is when hyper-realism rocks: when it's even more "real" and beautiful that life. outstanding work! :headbang:
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you that means lot, i know hyper-realism can be quite uninspirational but I have been trying to use it despite its limitations.

Armin
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