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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 
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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

glimpses...

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
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nimra Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much!
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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.
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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. 
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ArtKosh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
my god...
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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?
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Jawrk Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
How old are you?
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
58....the fucking golden years are coming :(
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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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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks, its finally done now if a get a chance ill post it
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e11even-design Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love these drawings!!!
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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mousykat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
oh my gosh! wow
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Lamp0 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Looks incredible!

What kind of tape do you use to mask off the edges? I've used some tapes but they always tend to lift some of the paper off when removing them.
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
painters tape but i run it on my table ten times before adhering it to the board it still freaks me out a bit..thanks
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SRudy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I wish I can find such drawing boards
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Art Board out of New York...the ship and are great t work with
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SRudy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sigh.

:heart:
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mecengineer Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
perfect 
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
never...although i strive for it...thank you
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Iron1969 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well thanks to your talent, I finally started selling some art work of my own. Today was my first sale in decades.  Inspiration sure helps.   I needed this decades ago.  Spent all the money at the local art supply store.  Hey I am well stocked on my mechanicals and leads now.   No excuses.   I have time, paper and lead.  I just really wonder how on earth do you keep your paper so clean?   Take care, keep up the awesome work.
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
mmmm now do i get a cut, :)   congrats keep up the good work
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Iron1969 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thank you sir, you know its nice making money from something i like to do.  i am in such agony yet i cant wait to make my next piece.   i  even got gloves the other day to protect my surfaces
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:iconnimra:
nimra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
well keep on and money is there to be made
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algonzaga123 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
its unbelievably amazing! how can you be very precise in drawing that? your truly a master!
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nimra Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks for the thoughts i appreciate it very much
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StormsChild Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's always so strange to see a drawing as detailed and realistic as this one unfinished;
You feel like you could just brush over it with your hand and the white parts would disappear and reveal the whole picture underneath it.
And then you realize that the whole picture doesn't exist, and that's kind of sad.
I'm sorry, I'm very drunk and really overly emotional right now.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ill come back to this tonight when i get loaded ;) (Wink).... but i think i understand what your saying :) (Smile)
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MAUZIS Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think my sentence above given error.
I asked if you Fades their designs and if you use several shades of graphite. thank you
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
not really i use h, b and 2b that's about it very soft pencil have to warm of a tone for me
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MAUZIS Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<font><font>Não acho que os comentários necessários, o trabalho é sensacional. </font></font>
<font><font>Gostaria de saber se vocês Fades desenho ou alguma área do mesmo, e se você usar apenas um grafite.</font></font>
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Samarai Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
I don't even feel qualified to comment on these damn things, anymore.
You're spooky, dude.
I have no idea how you do this, but it is some seriously amazing shit.
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donotseeme Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't know if it's because it's sideways but it looks like it's looking right at me ;) i'll have to try and find some of this  Arches Hot Press! is it availible online ? all i can find is watercolor paper :/  i've never tried to compose a drawing the way you've described, it sounds very intimidating but i may have to try just for fun and hopefully learn something :) always a pleasure nimra ;) good luck with it!
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BristolBored Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Arches hot press is a type of watercolour paper. I'm pretty sure you can use any brand provided it's hot pressed (makes it v.smooth) - if you can't find Arches then you can use Fabriano Artistico (the type francoclun uses to draw on)
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donotseeme Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool thanks for the info Mr Bristol ;)
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BristolBored Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Np :)
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
i think Artboard only works with Arches i could be wrong.  they have custom made substrates for me, the one for "Simplicity of Silence" cost $500 plus shipping by well worth the price, this is only 20" x 20" cost about $50

Artist get used to drawing on certain papers and then think its all the people should use, ive tried many and so should all draughtsmen
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donotseeme Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah i love trying new types of papers! you always get an unanticipated result from something and it's like a lightbulb comes on in your head. i've been using Daler Rowney bristol board for most of my recent drawings and trying not to fall too in love with it haha. i'll go have another look at "Simplicity of Silence" now ;) good luck on this Armin
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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MonochromaticShade Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
i would be scared to use tape and have to remove it, but i never really thought about it before. interesting.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
its drafting tape and i tape it on a table three times before i put it on the paper comes off with not problem
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MonochromaticShade Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
that makes sense, i mean ive used the stuff for painting plenty of times but it always makes me uncomfortable to think about that paper tearing scenario.
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nimra Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
its happened for sure, but not lately there is a way to tier it off, not like a band-aid...
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emueller Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
It always impresses me how you seem to complete your drawings bit by bit yet still get consistent and correct value placement throughout the whole thing. I wouldn't even know where to begin if I tried to do it this way. Amazing work, and extremely impressive!
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