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February 2, 2011
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Nov 12, 2011, 7:25:15 AM
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He Who Is Man by Jatari He Who Is Man by Jatari
UPDATE: Holy cow! I can't believe the response I've gotten for this piece, and I wanted to let you all know how appreciative I am. I am very honored for my first DD and proud that it came from a piece that took so much work to create! Thank you everyone!

Update 02-14-2011: Thank you to everyone for the support! At the VISCOM show this piece took 1st place in the figure category!

FINALLY Finished this massive drawing!
Will post a better picture after Feb. 4th. 2011

"He Who Is Man"
Graphite Pencil
27" x 40"

This was a lot of work and fun! It demonstrates my current understanding and knowledge of the human form from observation.

Models from class for gestures
:iconmistervirtue: for changing the idea from humans creating a creature to a giant human form.
Goya, "The Colossus"[link] (now believed to be painted by an apprentice of Goya)
Mentor - gave me technique advice "make sure it doesn't lose the gestalt, don't get too caught up in the details, etc."

without their input this wouldn't be the picture it is today!
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Given 2011-03-18
He Who Is Man by *Jatari is just awe-inspiring, ( Suggested by mistervirtue and Featured by Moonbeam13 )
This is one of the most original things i have every seen on DeviantArt. This is extermely unique and scary. The lines, the shades, the figure, all work to together to create this monsterous titan of men. The detail of each person that forms him is great. This creature seems like something from H.P. LoveCrafts imaganation. This is truly terroifiying and awesome in the true sense of the word. It would be nice to see more of the monster's face or other limbs. This kind of drawing is why I coming to deviantart! Overall you did a Great Job Jatari!
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Critique by melyangel Mar 18, 2011, 1:08:05 AM
From first glance it looked like a monster.
But then as I look closer toward it I could see that a large group of men are foaming this "Man"
As the value of the drawing you can tell that water is clashing and then the value of the group of men.
Also the detail on some of the men look good but then it looks like you took more time on then then the rest.
Over all I think that you did a wonderful job forming you own piece of work from "The Colossus" painting and adding your own style of what it means.
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Timgymrat Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Absolutely gorgeous! I just finished retreading "In the Hills, the Cities and this makes me want to read it again.
CheetaHamSloth Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student General Artist
This is terribly brutal, Scare me.

Houk999 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn good drawing brother. Awe-inspiring!
Lariath Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. This is simply amazing. I can't stop looking at it! Congratz sir, after 8 years of membership, I will buy my first print as soon as I get my next paycheck. Can't wait to put this up on my wall =)
Jatari Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
You honor me! Thank you!
Mindkiller1989 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
What a powerful and provocative piece of art! It must have taken days to draw all those human figures together like this! Somehow it reminds me of the Polynesian creator god "Tangaro," who took the form of a humanoid figure made up of many smaller humans, similar to what you have here. Also, I have this feeling that it represents mankind's struggle to be "on top," or more powerful than anyone else, and with all these people fighting to reach the top, they make this humanoid figure, and therefore make a representation of what humanity is. I don't know if that's what you had in mind when you made this or not, but's a wonderful and original work of art.
Jatari Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Once I put this piece up on DeviantART it went wild and its nice to do an original piece people relate to! I'm happy to say I haven't heard of the creator god Tangaro, but he sounds awesome!

And about mankind's competitive nature that was a big part of thinking how the figures relate to one another. Some are helping people up while others are aggressively tearing people down.

I love the insight and Im glad you liked it!
Cocoman68 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Faaantastic!!!! Great story, great picture!!
Jatari Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you!
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Artist
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