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

16” x 16” Pencil on Arches Hot Press mounted on maple

I don’t think I have ever posted a wip like this sideways, in the act of drawing but you can really get a feel of the scale here. The next one will be more “normal” looks like I’m a bit more then half done, the eyebrows are complex on this model so it will take time

It’s been a long time since I have posted a work in progress (WIP) and I have never used and eye drawing for this. This is most likely the last pure eye drawing I’m ever going to do (never say never…) 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. I do have to get this one completed for an exhibit of my latest three eyes drawings that are featured this year in ArtPrize in September.

Usually a start at the Iris and work in a slow spiral from that area but here I started at the bottom for no reason really. I work anti-academically where I complete areas as I go, this is large and its taken around 100 hours so far. I am using around twenty different photo references of my model that I shot, I also use a mirror 50% of the time to look at “real” aging skin in the flesh, I don’t want to copy a photo but use it as a map. I change things frequently and make them more or less pronounced as I go along and I am aware of the limits of a photo. When possible I use the model as well but this a problematic when working around 200 hours on one drawing. I'm not interested in Photorealism as much but i am in realism or how we perceive.

As always please ask any questions you like and thanks for looking
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Glen77 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
WWOWOWOWOWOWOW .... ur art killed me .... completely out of the world ... man the patience n skillls hatts off :-) ...what pencils n paper u use .... mind blowing 
mrscmoney Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
It's me again...
Love seeing  your process, that's my favorite part about the artist"s stages... Getting


seeing behind the works, putting them together...

Seeing who they really are, especially cool if you see their studio! lol  Wonderful visiting you work tonight! Kudos!  I look forward to seeing more! Sincerely Caroline
nimra Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
SparrowHawk7 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Hi Armin ... you may remember me from AP/WC. Every now and then I like to keep up with things you are doing. How do you achieve those rich darks? They seem darker than I'm able to get with graphite alone.
Brody-Mors Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always liked it when you post photo's of you physically working on the pieces. It's easier to see the layers and technique to your hyper realistic style. 
ArtKosh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
my god...
Mac25 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
you sir are dedicated! so far my longest piece has only taken 22hours. i understand in part what you most feel. how do you keep your hand from cramping and how do you keep on track? do you ever get to 100hours and think nope i don't want to complete this and if so do you often scrap projects or just push through?
Jawrk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
How old are you?
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
58....the fucking golden years are coming :(
ajha100 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
It just blows my mind every time I see your work. I really appreciate the WIPs too, if only to marvel at the fact that you've freed your artistic mind enough from the final image to be able to draw your subject upside down or sideways. I can imagine how this would actually make the task easier, but in practice, it seems insanely difficult!

In any case, I'm excited to see where you go from here. I'm sure it will only get better.
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