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Through The Iris III by nimra Through The Iris III by nimra
Through The Iris III (BB Winslow)

Pencil on Arches Paper 18" x 36"

i know eyes? So far they still fascinate me especially at this scale, my earlier drawings where small at least comparatively to this one. There will be four in the series titled “Through the Iris” (my thanks to 10 years for their continued inspiration). Only three will be shown the first one sold-but three is a better number anyway.

I just love to draw them-they are us, each one of us-without giving credence to the whole face they become universal more than a personal portrait. Also drawing them lets me improve as an observer and draughtsman. My interest is the aging skin and the breadth of textures within the human face that gives a hint of a life lived. The clarity and makeup of the Iris and the multitude of hair on the human face is a fascinating subject, and I have at least one more in me, possibly more.

Two will be 18” x 18” this one is 18” x 36” which is very large. They will also answer a host of questions on drawing in this kind of scale for my plan is to draw a 72”x 72” face later on this year.

I used forty to sixty reference photos and a mirror to draw this image taking about 300 hours, although the time element is overrated, it takes what it takes. Thank you to Mr. B. B. Winslow for agreeing to let me age you a bit.
Here is a view of the size of this drawing with myself standing by the work, it is not in a show called “The Anatomy of an Idea: An Invitational Exhibition” at Midland Center for the Arts. I have seven works in the show with fifteen other great nationally known anatomically based artists
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Thanks for looking
Armin Mersmann
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:iconaujourdhuidemain:
aujourdhuidemain Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incroyable !!
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DottorT48 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
nice work!
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garyh76 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
stunning!!!!
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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thegame2000 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hi you are always the best for me i just want ask something the white light in the eyes there are from white paper or you use something else for the light thanks 
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
yes they are the paper erasing doesn't work for me it messes with the paper
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manuelvelizan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
This is magnificent! Your work is part of "Best of August" in my DA.fav.me/d6lue93 :clap:
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FrankWORE1Croce Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
love it
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:iconjubob66:
jubob66 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
WOW!
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:iconsuanin:
Suanin Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bloody amazing. :faint:
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:iconlinnfeyling:
LinnFeyling Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Breathtaking! You are so good! And patient ;)
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:iconlwanb:
LwanB Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why is this drawing so amazing?
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
its only amazing when it moves the viewer...in this case it is.  many people pass it by and that ok, thats the nature of art 
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AlmiJunior Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanna cry.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
so does the model...;)
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:iconnestorcanavarro:
NestorCanavarro Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent work! Congratulations, really stunning!

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:iconthecosmicjokers:
THECOSMICJOKERs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One word. Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!!!
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:iconparabola1982:
Parabola1982 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Incredible. And you are so right on the irrelevance of time take
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Krazzt Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I almost forgot what it feels like to look at your works. It is always unusual and mind blowing and it feels like being focused... on observation and interaction, which leads somehow to a better understanding of the universe, including concepts such as power, weakness, ageing and death. This makes me think of playing a game of interaction with physical world. It is really hard to explain, but there are many ways to play it, and for me it used to be the main reason why drawing was once so important to me.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you Alex you bring up some good and interesting points
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:iconkah-zee:
kah-zee Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Amazing good sir. I'm trying not to compare my work and ability to yours, otherwise i would stop drawing. Thank you for the inspiration.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you Drake, compare no that's not productive but inspired there is so much at DA to be inspired by....
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N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Absolutely stunning! And I also believe that the time element is overrated. Beautiful work!!
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
absolutely,time is just how long it takes you to do what you need to do. Never will it trump concept
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N1KK1-A Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Agree!! :happybounce:
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Dontwannabemyself Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
wonderful work. (:
featured here [link]
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FelipeArtista Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Armin hello, congratulations for the work. You excels more and more, I wonder what kind of paper you use? I would be grateful if you answer =)
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you i have been using Arches Hot Press vacuum mounted to maple, love the range of tones you can get
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FelipeArtista Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thank you for replying
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:iconmszilvi95:
MSzilvi95 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is amazing! So detailed! :D Now I feel I want to draw something! :)
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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actmindless247 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
wow...this is really something
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:iconpreetikasharma:
PreetikaSharma Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is more real than I am. :clap:
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:iconsuperbluegirl91:
Superbluegirl91 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really, really beautiful. I wish to be as wonderful as you one day.
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:iconnikz87:
nikz87 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No words!!
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:iconargentinian-queen:
argentinian-queen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspiring, your work makes me want to take my pencils and draw again :)
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ThayroneKleber Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Awesome!!!! As usual! Congrats!
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:iconacjub:
acjub Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely spectacular! :clap: You are an enormous inspiration to me. :heart:
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JoetheMick Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
incredible. thats a fascinating level of detail
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:iconartussell:
aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When eyes are drawn to this immense standard, no justification is required. Eyes are the primary reason I tend to draw nothing but portraits.

Thank you for being a constant inspiration to me.
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LindaTorvund Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student
Amazing!! :)
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:iconjjkiefer:
jjkiefer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the contrast and tones in this piece! Just beautiful!
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:iconinormal:
inormal Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
wonderful as usual, maestro.....you always inspire......bravo
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost scary... The iris are watery realistic. The contrast on the main drawing is heavy, but it empowers a lot too.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
in the museum where its at, you walk around a corner and its there on a back wall, large with a rather oversized white mat, yeah its intense but so is Winslow. He was my boss for ten years and a friend for thirty. He is going through some tough times and that's what i wanted to catch. i like the double eye thing it hits more to the person, instead of two 18 x 18 and one 38 x 18, i think ill do three 38 x 18 all in a line. At least for me this was very engaging thanks Mike

Armin
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.

So your aim was to typify your friend and his state of mind? (BTW, it wasn't crits, but more a direct perception).

Have a nice birthday!

Mike
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yup i think i always to or try to, but the skin is a very good indicator so are how muscles pull and lighting what you call light-fall it all is there one just has to see it can translate it.
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Shelfcloud Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, I noticed... Luckily it is a stronger point of mine. Maybe I should move fromout there. Can't captivate the dynamic in reallife. Maybe I'll just search deeper.
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s0aPii Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Jaw-dropping. Incredible work, like all of your works. Looks so realistic.
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