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Through the Iris IV by nimra Through the Iris IV by nimra
Through the Iris IV WIP completed

16” x 16” Pencil on Arches Hot Press water color paper mounted on maple
This is the last of the pure eye drawings…unless I do another one ;) seriously though it has run its course and I have gotten what I needed from it, which is my interests in observing and understanding aging skin and the structure of the Iris I still am interested in this but it’s time to do a full face and torso in this technique and size. This drawing was completed as one of the three (Through the Iris II, III and IV) which will be on exhibit at ArtPrize 2013 Starting September 17.

This drawing was fairly complex the white hair was a challenge for sure, not erasing but leaving the white of the paper and then drawing into it is very time consuming but gives it by far the most natural look. I want to thank Dr. Mark Francisco for molding and letting me make him look a bit older. No wonder I get no commission work?! ;)

Thanks for the good questions and comments through this wip-feel free to ask more I’m always happy to answer. Here is a link to show the size of this drawing.
nimra.deviantart.com/art/Throu…



Armin Mersmann
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:iconmecengineer:
mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
perfect
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
perfect
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byron32176 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Armin, I have been a fan for about 9 years....I want to give you a great compliment but everything that comes to mind fails, in some way, to do your work justice...so let me just say that discovering your work was like a planet getting hit by a huge asteroid and knocked out of orbit.  Hopefully, that was enough brown nosing to get a response.  ha    Do you have any video tutorials or such that I can take a look at?  Thanks!
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nimra Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well thats very kind!  moving someone with my work is the greatest complement i can get...thank for sharing that....Armin
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jeffro70 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Amazing work!
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HuseyinAltinisik Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
MY GOD..
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LukaszMarkiewicz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
nice work :) ... "looks" great :) ..wrinkles, you can see hand of a master :).
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you!
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NOUR-55 Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student General Artist
i used to draw realistic in college but i think it's just technical "and you mastered this technique"..adding your touch to reality and drawing from inside is the real Art
i love your works but a bit freedom from strict realism will make them epic (:
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nour, thank you - observational drawing still has a lot to be uncovered the journey one takes to draw this way is discovery  and exploration of from and in those marks the give witness to the person's life your drawing, sure i can  snap a photo and basically have the image but i don't have the experience and that journey of discovery that this gives me.  At this point in my life im no longer interested in creating alternate reality but to try and understand the realities that are in front of me...in some of my other art forms, encausic, photography and painting that's a different story.  I so understand what you are saying i teach college and tell this to my students i still find there is lot so room in all "ism" from abstraction to this type of realm...thank you  
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NOUR-55 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student General Artist
"no longer interested in creating alternate reality but to try and understand the realities that are in front of me"
all the respect ..

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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you...that's today tomorrow who knows :)
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Circulism Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey Armin,
I think I should clarify what I meant by my last statement - I just re-read what I wrote, and I don't think I did a good job at explaining myself: my apologies for not being clearer!

Question:
Many of your WIP shots show you drawing on a board that appears to be positioned at a 90 degree rotation.  Is there a specific reason for this technique?  
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
there is a "sweetspot" where i draw about 10" x 10" so i want to draw there also it keeps from sticking my hand into the graphite
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Circulism Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Armin,

Why do you draw the picture sideways?
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:iconcheetahspirit:
cheetahspirit Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazingly unbelievable as always...:salute:
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The work on the fine white hairs is just mind-boggling. You must have the patience of a saint. 
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gizmoinferno Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel so damn sad nowadays. I feel I have no soul left. If I wasn't doing my art, guess I wouldn't be here appreciating how immensely deepening and enlightening such amazing skills can do to level others indirectly. Thank you.
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nimra Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i often feel that way but ive come to understand this will past and then come again.  Artist seem especially in tune with this. thank you for the good words as well....feel better!   Armin
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Eruannne Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so realistic and beautiful I want to cry! Unbelievable!
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thats very kind of you Anna, thank you
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:iconsheelasingla:
SheelaSingla Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
Also, I imagine you stitch together photos in order to make your large drawings; it must be difficult at the borders.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i work form many photos and a mirror but dont stitch them together again i need the freedom to change things as i go
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SheelaSingla Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   General Artist
Do you usually work on a 1:1 scale of reference photos to drawing? Or occasionally zoom in on reference photos? Great work.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
no never i like the photo to by much smaller or else the tendency to just copy the photo is to great, i invent a lot of it
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:iconnewninho:
NewNinho Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Awesome, how long time it took to make this draw?
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
about two hundred hours give or take i guess...thx
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Graphitestreak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
You, sir, are what I aspire to be like one day. I have quite a way to go, but I will get there.
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NewNinho Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
You've to much patience... I guess you draw since many years ago
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rae3604 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Amazing.  Much more so because you preserve the whites, whereas the easier way would be to erase the whites out.  It is way harder, but looks awesome.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i would say harder but more time consuming and more natural...i guess that harder after all  :)
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Chrispastel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow magnifique
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:iconteofanes:
Teofanes Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

Pardon me Sir, but this is discouraging to aspiring artists like me!

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:iconherediak:
herediak Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
An amazing job!
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Laugh245 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I was all like, "Oh cool a picture...."     then    " oh wait....OMG THATS A DRAWING??????NOOO! ITS WAYYYY TO GOOD!
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Jokerbrother Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
creepily realistic:o (Eek) 
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Luise345 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Honestly, I thought it was the photograph. Amazing.
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Artlover36690 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
This is just AMAZING
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chloeqcollins Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I screamed when I saw this and my roommate thought I was crazy for freaking out over a drawing. Simply amazing. I have no words.
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2-FaceART Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I've seen photos less realistic than this!
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AlejandraSelene Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
Increíble, espero llegar a dibujar así algún día
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grandebeluga Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
brilliant!
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Justa-Watcher49 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
Amazing detail! Fantastic
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:iconstormschild:
StormsChild Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's incredible. You can see every single hour of work in the finished drawing.
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Nosonboard Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
masterful
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:iconlucyl99:
Lucyl99 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
just WOW  ! omfg 
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DarkenCLAWS Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing, its more realistic than a photograph.
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MoonwalkingHorse Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Insanity......:worship: High respect to your skill, really.
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a masterpiece!! :love:
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NiceAndrew Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Is it Gandalf' eye?
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