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The Waking Edge by nimra The Waking Edge by nimra
The new title is “The Waking Edge”

Graphite on Illustration Board 39” x 31”


This work is of the precise point when conscience is awakened, the experience of sudden reality. It happens when we first wake and it happens suddenly, unexpectedly in life’s journey. Nothing here is precise to anyone except to myself. It’s personal in its symbolism yet there are universal symbols as well. The background is drawn more for the “feel” it gives the overall drawing, industrial, decomposing almost contradictory to what Jessica looks like yet her sudden frozen stare brings a different reality to the work one of angst. Symbols such as a metal halo, the meeting of circles forming a vesica, bones, stones and even her attire are important icons in this story. Yet to explain these would gives too much away. Since it’s a teaching forum I tell much more then I feel comfortable with, but it gives an indication to my process, the only true hint would normally be the title, “The Waking Edge”


Like much of my work there’re are people who I connect with; it opens up their imaginations by adding their personal insights, yet some will see nothing but the negative and transpose every clue. As always, what the viewer sees in this work is the truth for that individual and I find that much more interesting in the long run.


Armin Mersmann
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When it comes to one of best traditional artists `nimra always springs to my mind. His work is not only spot on with no detail omitted, but he makes each subject personal, and pours his soul out. Drawing of Jessica completed by `nimra is amazing example of what portrait should be, not only the beauty but also oozing with emotion. It has presence, personality and a story to tell. ( Suggested by Jumprabbit and Featured by SandraPelly )
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francoclun Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, Armin, push me to always do better. Sooner or later I'll catch you :D
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Felix-Jojo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
so fine
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sepultur60 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
super real; one of the best i saw so far
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HarlotShamhat Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I looked at “The Waking Edge” for some long minutes. I think I understand what you are saying above. One of the things that strongly impressed me with this piece of art is the background is as important as the model.

I look for emotion in art, not aesthetic value.

Thank you for letting me see this.
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OmNomsNoms Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Student General Artist
That is a wonderful peice of work, Armin! How the hair just perfectly resembles a real persons hair, how the eyes just give the impression that she's a real person standing right there! Dude, this is just simply amazing and I bet that there is no flaw or mistake in the whole thing, of what I can see. I admit, I MAY be a LITTLE bit of a stalker but.... thats just cuz I :heart: your art so much! (I would buy some if i could it but i dont have the money....)
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yvonne29 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
absolutely amazing!
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Schinkenspicker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the count of the details is increddible :O
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jessicaray Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
flawless, this is so beautiful i love the expresson and the feeling you get when you stair into her eyes as all your drawings are this is insane!!!
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theblackproject Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful!!!
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nimra Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, just sold this one this week always a plus

Armin
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theblackproject Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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ohtwoakey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't believe this is a drawing!! :omg:
Specially her knit looks like real, I almost could feel what it made of and soft!!
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delighted82 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't breathe to see ur drawing

:D
:D

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NK-Jizzer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowow! :star::star::star::star::star::thumbsup: AMAZING! :love:
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death-by-spoon Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009
You downright amaze me. Amaze me.
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PMMurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Armin the notes you leave on the discreptions of your art give me further insight on ways to present or manipulate works.

But i will not attempt such complicated compositions (with such simple figures) untill i am use to the simple ones ><.

Also I still have yet to figure how people exactly draw hair!!!!! (please dont tell me it will ruin the fun!). When i attempt it i always end wit hthe same shapes of hair and never the quality. I am thinking i should do that indention stuff they are talking about on the forum, But i honestly doubt thats the ONLY WAY. I want to explore more before i give in O_O
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nimra Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Indentation is one way to it Patrick but I have never been keen on it, the worse part is you see the dents looking at the side of the drawing it looks really bad. Some like it some don’t experiment. Hair is funny it appears out of nowhere, disappears comes around has shadows and highlights rarely do you see them in a single strand, but if you put one or two in a drawing people think you drew them all, you do too much and it’s a mess. I’m not big on formulaic teaching some are and that’s fine, I tell my students to come up with technique from within (after learning the fundaments) and that you have done very well at! I’ve always concentrated on what was hard for me, hair was impossible, my eyes sucked, skin tones I could not understand so that’s what I did over and over.

Good luck Patrick your doing it the right way!

Armin
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PMMurphy Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well since the school i want in is a creative thinking school. They will prolly have the same approach as you! (good thing i plan on getting in this art school then? i seem to have some luck of the irish in me!)

as for the fundamentals i need to buckle down alittle more on them. That is one main reason why you dont see alot of diversity in what a draw. I try not to represent and or draw anything i dont have a true understanding of. (but when i do draw them i just try to incorporate into my piece and not really try to grasp the image itself)

Now there may be some faults in my art RIGHT NOW as in fundamentals and those aspects. But i am more then willing to confront those with hardwork when my teachers tell me about it and instruct me how to fix. If it cant be fixed, i will find a way around it!!!!!

Thanks for the insight and incouragement as always!!! its just i recently found another artist in DA around my age. I personally think hes FAR past me!!!! So now my competitive nature has brought me into hyper gears to improve untill i am better then him o_o. SO i have been cracking down on my technique and flaws to make it better. Instead of just trying to convey messages and make better compositions.
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zombielocky Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
you have been featured here [link] :D
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5Anne5 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Hey... Congratulations, you have a great job, really :confused:
:D
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Mordrid Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
It is extremely difficult to repress my superficial comments on this. It is more difficult to describe the feeling I get from seeing this work. I had never felt anything for any art; I'm a fairly apathetic person. We usually describe things by relating them to others like it, or by contrasting it to its total opposite, but I must say that this, for me, transcends the notion of duality. I'm not hyperbolizing.
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nimra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Ezequiel, your words mean a lot to me. This duality is the principle conceptual force that moves me to do art. To have that recognized is very rewarding, thank you.

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Mordrid Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
I'm glad there are realist artists that don't merely mimic nature :]
You're welcome.
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Triluna Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
Well Armin, I followed some comments below and I'm not involving. When I critic, I tend to say what seems plausible for me. A madman can question more then a 1000 wise can answer. When I re-look at your works I see flaws too, but that would be searching for it aswell. But when I critic, I do it when it still has a chance to be improved. When you're done I just enjoy the making of. The flaws you've created are outbalanced. This is a discussion I had with Dirk in a similar way. But you know, you're a human and I like the "flaws". Some slack of freedom is nessesairy sometimes. I can't draw, but I do have a major eye for details and if I can help you with the overlooking it (draws consumes looking the trees in the forest sometimes).

For me your journey was like each episode of my favourite serie. It is about balance and you're just awesome in composition. I never would have approached you to look over my shoulder to learn a finger or two from you regarding lightfall and it's composition. In this piece you've proven once more a master on this.
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zutara-fan-forever Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Student General Artist
wow!!!!! How do you draw so well?????? Your drawings are amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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agrudis Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Wow that is really amazing and really well done. You are really gifted. Congratulations.
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broadstreetstudio Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
I can't get over the shirt. Please check out Dizzykid (Justin Meyers) one of our friends.
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nimra Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks I’ve known Justin for some time now and we talk here and there, he is a wonderful drawer. Thanks you so much for you great words by the way, it’s nice to have so many great traditional artists on DA now. Keep up the fantastic work.


Armin
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broadstreetstudio Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
No problem. It is great to have met you on here. Please check out our friend Simon Hennesay and Denis Peterson on here. They are very talented friends of ours. I really think you would enjoy their work as well. Should have some new images up soon.
Best,
Jason
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dehydromon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You must have work year on this! I don't see how anyone can be so patient in working on one piece of art. I tried that once, and ended up finishing it too soon,making it look horrible, but you made this look real. Like many of your other drawings, I had to read the description a few times to make sure it wasn't some picture of somebody. I love your art.
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
For me the key is not thinking in terms of “one picture” I work in areas. I look at an eye as a completed project, the mouth, the sweater, the background, etc. When each of these things are done, I have a little celebration drink a beer or three then start on my next area. In the end all these small drawings make up one huge one. It works for me.

Thanks


Armin
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dehydromon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never thought of it that way. It seems to work for you, maybe I should try that, but then again, I don't put enough detail into things like that to make it worthwhile when I finish it, however, it is a good idea. I might have to try it out in the future.
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Don’t however think work that’s got a lot to details is good work; it has nothing to do with it. Good work can be done in a half hour, one line can say as much as my 500 hours of work, if you can find and execute that line.

Thanks
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dehydromon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that I think about it, your right. I've done some things I have been quite proud of in less time than it took me to things I absolutely can't understand how horribly I went wrong. I guess good work depends on the eyes looking at it. Some people say they love my work, but I see it as needing extensive improvement. I guess that's the way all artists are. Always striving to get stuff better and better, no matter how good they already are. True artist like you understand that improvement is the goal of an artist, and I'm sure that every artist starts with something they look back at and realize how much of a universe divides their skills back then and their skills now. Anyway, I'm not sure how much of what I am saying now has anything to do with your reply. I just had an art epiphany...
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Desolate2 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Absolutely beautiful and the detail is just amazing. Wow!
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la-mahar Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
This is amazing! It looks just like a photo. Excellent work!
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JrChicken199 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
koow
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LeDeNaV Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008  Professional Photographer
This is amazing
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chipsta90 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
omg how on earth do you do that?! that is incredible! you are sooo talented! that must have taken a lot of patience!
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