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Through the Iris I by nimra Through the Iris I by nimra
Eye Study in Pencil

“Through the Iris”

Literally I had to take a break from both the huge tree drawing (the Simplicity of Silence) I’m working on and my resent encaustic abstractions. I definitely have a need to draw the human eye once in a while, this is my eye drawn from life (mirror) and photo references.

The tree drawing and abstractions both helped me see more clearly than ever, everything I do is sill for the love of observation.

PS this is 10" x 10" and took about 50 hours to draw

Armin

When I download a drawing like this study I often get this question and it's a good question and one that needs to be thought through by every realist.

"Hello, I'm doing some research (not very scientific, I just need some opinions) on photo-realism and I'd like to ask you a question if you don't mind: "why not simply take a photograph or use a 3D program"?


That's a great question and a realist has to answer this for him or herself, If copying without change, construction and re-invention, be it form a photograph or from life, then the creative process is not addressed, in this case I agree there is a useless element about it, it becomes a fundamental exercise at best. There is nothing wrong with these exercises if it improves your knowledge and skills as a technician. But if your aim is only to draw like "a photo", I'm afraid you will never attain what "art" has to offer. Also I think too many photo-realists rely on technical eye candy alone, with no imagination, in some sense just a limited skill in observation and a stunted creative process. Working in this manner should be a foundation to build on not an end goal.

My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees. The hallmark of photorealism is capturing distortion and out of focus areas precisely how the camera does, I'm aware of these things and eliminate most of them. My journey begins at the first look of my model the drawing process then becomes an all consuming study. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject that's both heightened and very personal. After spending hundreds of hours drawing a person's face all the while observing the small details that cause "likeness" a journey takes places that cannot be achieved by any other means. I don't draw just what I see; it's a combination of facts and feelings that would not work from just a snap of a shutter. I change and alter many thing from the reference photos to me they are just a blueprint an informal guide at best, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a person that cannot be seen or deciphered by "normal" cameras. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this with putting it through my own psyche. I change what's in front of me, not for the sake of change but because it's inevitable and expected, it's filtered through 40 plus years of living. I have 100% control of every aspect of the final image can this be done with a photo and Photoshop? Perhaps, but not with my unique and very personal technical and artistic language.

In the end, some still call it photo-realism; it's something as an artist I have to accept. We tend to put things in categories, I just have to keep on this road and be true to my vision and artistic language and it's that honesty that will let me connect with some and not with others.
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psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Just... incredible...
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Haiku-san Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I highly appreciate your philosophy of art. It's very inspiring, and the results definitely speak for themselves- such detailed work! You must meet a lot of awesome people with the way you use your art.
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i do...and that's part of the beauty of it, thank you so much of the kind words ..Armin
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jgbaker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for continuing to share your work - it's inspiring and brilliant to take in.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Steve2656 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lost for words
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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TrishRDesigns Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Thank you, I used your picture and explanation (suitably referenced of course) at the end of my Drawing Journal. Once seen this could not be left out. I will endevour to follow your work amidst the clutter and business of full time studies. After all, one does have to take time off (although a 50 'break' from one drawing to another may be a bit long for me :) )
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much sorry for the long delay....;)
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:iconlexhoward:
lexhoward Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
There is truly no other graphite artist I have ever seen with such control. That is all this work screams. No short cuts! Thank you for inspiring me... over and over again!
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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pietervandenbroek Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great delails! Thanks for posting.
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nimra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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lyyy971 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just perfect !!!
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nimra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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AudraJane Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see a reflection of a tree in the iris omfg. 
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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TheFigureInTheCorner Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My thought process when seeing this:

'Is this a drawing or a photo? No, there's no way this is a drawing. No. No, this is a photo- *reads description*

What.'
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nimra Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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klaka97 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No way... this is the most amazing pencil drawing I've ever seen!!!!!!! How did you make the lights? With the rubber? 
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
erasing doesn't work for me it messes with the edges to much so i have to plan ahead and leave it the color of the paper and then  go in a shade thank you for the good words
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klaka97 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
BTW do you sometimes draw from life of from photos mainly?:)
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klaka97 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I thought so because your drawing is so detailed:) No problem, you deserved!!!:D
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sure i draw from life but its not these detailed drawings but more about capturing the general feel of a place or person
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:iconklaka97:
klaka97 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I understand:) Thanks for the answer:)
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Tigles1Artistry Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
Featured here [link]
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joey-lynn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
your drawing is so unbelievable to me...i hear you say it's a drawing but it's so beautiful that i think it's a photo..i wish i could make something so realistic...the iris o.m.g!
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victormulligan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
are you serious? you need to do more i am so inspired and cant wait to see what you do next, theres a word for peaple like you, (MASTER) thank you very much.
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Emraldal Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I am seriously to awestruck by your and other peoples drawings that i quite literally do not have anything to say.
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lauraeddy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um WOW! This is incredible!
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Honeycello-Kid Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holyy snapdragons, I thought this was a photo!! if it weren't for the gallery it was in, I actually would have just assumed it was a pretty cool photo and moved on.. But no! It's a freakin' awesome show of talent :D
This is absolutely magnificent, and I am in much awe.
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nimra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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CynicPink Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Unbelievable! I aspire.
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magdagermano Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sure u don't have any pinch of idea of how incredibly wonderful this is. oh em gee. congratulations :) you're an amazing artist
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nimra Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
well thank you, as the artist i find more that i can improve upon than to set back and admire the drawing, its good sure but there is much room for for growth. Armin
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magdagermano Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ohh shut up ahah it's really unbelievable :)
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nimra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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RainReedshimmer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm speechless. Kudos to you!!
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anastazija8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I think i've never seen anything so realistic. Respect.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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smokingvoodoo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nicee work
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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MLS-art Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing work
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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Reflectom Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012   Traditional Artist
Insightful thoughts on the question I've heard many times as well. A great piece of art once again. thank you. :)
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks much!
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NaLop Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waow
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nimra Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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plexoisthelaw Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just PERFECT!
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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