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Armin Mersmann Drawing by golfiscool Armin Mersmann Drawing by golfiscool
Done finally!! I spent such a long time on this, it's nice to finally see it finished. This is a drawing I did of the fantastically brilliant In the 3 years I've been drawing, I have really looked up to him as an artist. Whenever I am in need of inspiration, a quick look at his gallery is all it takes to get back on track. The cool part is that he lives in Michigan also so I've had the opportunity to see alot of his work in person!! It's even more brilliant seeing it beyond a computer screen. I really put alot of effort into this one because I was motivated all the way through the drawing. This is one of the biggest and most in depth drawings I've ever done. I hope everyone likes it. Thank you for all the WIP comments. I appreciated each and every one.

14"x20" Fabriano Hotpress
3B, H, HB, B, 2H, F, 3B mechanical pencils
blending stumps, tortillons, retractable eraser
About 45 hours
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Murder-Ball Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
in a word: incredible. this is such a spectacular piece, youve mastered your technique, without a doubt
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neropencilart Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Almost everyone has drawn armin.. He's a great guy..Nice your shading and blending technique is amazing
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Dagny Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Wonderful! You must feel very proud of your work.
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orinoco1973 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant
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AnnSaif Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011   Traditional Artist
its a very nice work!
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taurobolium Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
How do you first outline your character's head and find the right area for the facial planes, is it mostly a guess that is checked later with a compass?
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MrBrowne Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
It's nice to see one artist draw another. This is just excellent! The detail, the intensity in those eyes. Amazing.
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Griff2065 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
Amazing drawing of an amazing artist.. And just out of curiosity I want to try the Fabriano Hot Press paper.. How rough is the back side of this paper.. I am a Bristol user right now.. Thanks ;)
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CrMWg Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I have neither the patience (nor the skill) to do something like this. Very nice job.
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golfiscool Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Thank you :)
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Krestbehold Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
Wow its amazing but how did you upload it ? I'm just starting out so i need a way to upload also
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Surv1vor Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Great portrait of a great guy. Well done.
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Resolution-db Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing drawing keep forward .......
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exsandohs1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Really Excellent stuff! I love all your work
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LoriGarnerArt Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008
This is absoutely incredible! I am in total awe! I just have to ask how the hell you make the little teeny tiny white lines for the whiskers?
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dannidannidanni Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2008
intense
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Aldyn1296 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
i dont have words....
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oihcco Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
This work has been featured [link] ;)
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CneCZ Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2007
Le regard du "maître" est saisissant !
Bravo...
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J-Mobius Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Astounding.
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FlyingSaucerTeacup Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Once again, excellent detail! You definitely have drawing skills. =) The skin and the nose look especially fantastic. Great work!
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Dantheman9758 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm... and now I just looked at who your inspiration was... and now the bar went through the roof... you did freaking awsome at replicating his detail though, I don't know if I'll ever want to draw again haha
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Dantheman9758 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't know people could draw this good with just graphite, this is like as close to artist chuck close's super realism style as I've ever seen, and you did it with PENCILS... you just raised the bar for me by a LONG shot....
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xgina Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Oh man! This is a wonderful drawing. Your eye goes right to his haha. It's very realistic and amazingly done.. I especially love his nails for some reason. Anyway, great job. I'm sure he'll be more than proud.
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Luv2cre8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2007
Outstanding...
I am a HUGE Armin Mersmann fan myself... very well done.
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paperairplane Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007   Interface Designer
This is insane.
The hair and wrinkles look perfect.
Amazing job. :+fav:
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beer4breakfast Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
This drawing is great Brian! I really like the T Shirt and the hair, you outdid yourself! But where can I find the reference photo? - Gerald
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---soulfly--- Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew i knew that name from somewhere, 'Nimra' is awesome, i recognised him straight away, since i've seen one of his self potraits. This is great work man, love it.
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SebastienB Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2006   Digital Artist
OMG! wow.
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believer11605 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats amazing.

I heard about retractable erasers and was going to buy one until someone said electric erasers were better...
and Im mainly getting it for fine peices of hair.

Looking at your work I definetly trust your judgment and I was wondering which one you prefer or advise?
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supremeheifer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
wow! outstanding, amazing.. it is now DEFINITELY safe for me to say, you are my idol! you are the best drawer ive ever seen. i only wish i could be that good!! :worship:
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devAlice Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2006
This is AMAZING. At a glance, it almost looks like it has a fish-eye lense effect to it. Really wonderful-beautiful detail. You've captured personality wonderfully. :+fav:
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AthenaTT Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
OUTSTANDING!!! :jawdrop: :+fav:
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ZERO-blade-id13 Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
your work looks excellent!... hurrah for you ultra realists.... you raelly have an amazing piece here
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golfiscool Featured By Owner May 22, 2006
Thanks alot man. I appreciate it. If you like graphite realism, check out the subject of this portrait, He's my hero.
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attenuate Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
Wow, this is impressive. But do tell me the secret to your sanity being such a realist and having never studied art at a school?
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golfiscool Featured By Owner May 18, 2006
Thanks. Secret to my sanity? I have no sanity :D
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artgyrl Featured By Owner May 18, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
hey. . .you're pretty good. i like that you put lots of detail in this like, an homage to nimra's work.
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RoxieTox Featured By Owner May 12, 2006   Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really, really awesome. It looks like a photo its so cool. The lighting, the detail, the clarity. The eyes are remarkable. Such an instant fave.
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golfiscool Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Thank you very much :D
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selladohr Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2006
:wow: wow! so expressive! :)
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furafura Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
i can tell that you spent a lot of time on this...it really shows character
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Lury Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006
Wow! Incredible. It's like a photo.....I think it's the most realistic pencil drawing I've ever seen.....I understand why have you choose it for the show......
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marilyn1 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2006
omg it looks so real!!
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arielthealien Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006
3 years?? My god! Ive been drawing for 4.5 now, and I cant do this for my life!

Outstanding job :wow:
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deadontheinside928 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006
whoa!!!!outstanding job indeed!!!!!!!!That is an amazing drawing!!!!Youre extremely talented!!!!
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BleednShadow Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2006
you put alot of effort in doing this piece of art. it is simply marvelous. you did a wonderful job...:thumbsup:
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golfiscool Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2006
Thank you. Yeah I tried hard on it. :D
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BleednShadow Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006
You're very welcome :)
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lindsie87 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006
Wow! your motivation to do this is really obvious! this must have been extremely time-consuming, but worth it, it seems! it is truly a beautiful piece! :)
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