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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  Hobbyist 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
Jatari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
thank you very much
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artist
My pleasure. It's terrific! :-)
Oniroscope Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work !
Jatari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I appreciate it!
eroger4 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! Love it!
Jatari Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Guest5432 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I guess it is not surprising that Clive Barker made this image a favorite. When I saw the image, I thought at first he created in reference to one of his stories in Books of Blood, where humans pack themselves together to form colossi like this, in some Southeastern European country. That story still gives me heebie jeebies :D

Nice work, sir!
Jatari Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
awesome I've been creating a need to read list. and this sounds right up my alley.
I'm glad you like the way the piece turned out!
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wickerman....The Druids....
rcooper27 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice work! conjures thoughts of Lovecraft's Cthulu mythos with a human element.
HelghastPredator Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
FotoGianni Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Take that! Anime princess fairy story fiends, weep. Illustrates my favorite Books of Blood 1 story! Excellent work.
Lee-Howard-Art Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely beyond fantastic. This was always one of my favorite Barker stories, and you drew it to look even cooler than what my imagination created.
oxygenhazard Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
coo picture... thanks for sharing it with us....
LilliamSlasher Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
simply astonishing. is it inspired by Clive Braker's story? it would go great with the tale!
LucasParolin Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is Insane!!!!!
Jatari Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
daHinci Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
This is simply perfect. The movements of the many bodies, the way how the blurred parts of the giant create a depth and the complete idea. Very impressive work.
behindspace99 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very original piece! really love the idea, beautifully done
5-blue-marks Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
simmons-art Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
nice work
nekrosith Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :-O
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
bloody fantastic!! :)
ZeroElements Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's sick. Great job and great concept.
marcgosselin Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing concept!!!!
marceloryuuku Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like Granfaloon from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
SigLNY Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
The figures have a lovely classical movement and momentum to them. In particular the men dangling on the end of the creature's right hand bring to mind Michelangelo's Last Judgement. The overall image is striking and intimidating, but emotionally complex. Are we to be scared of this giant? Impressed? In awe? Perhaps the creature is the body of human history, carrying the souls of mankind we know not where. Excellent. Bravo.
koujackass Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jimhill01 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! Great work!
uomolucertola Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
it reminds me the Leviathan of Thomas Hobbes [link]
johngiannis27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
MonaParvin Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Your beautiful work is featured in our group's weekly feature [link] :iconsoulcollectors: :hug:
MonaParvin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Outstanding :heart:
Lucifencyclidine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
this is the sickest of sickness i want to see this in a movie some day
iamoddj0b Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
i'll be buying a print of this as soon as i get money. phenomenal.
LisaLotek Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Great detail! I can't even express how much there is to appreciate.
LineBendergirl Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
that is crazy beautiful.....
GodLifeZoller Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
whatwazthat Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
absolutely phenominal! amazing!
Caradepato Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
It looks like something that one of the great masters of the past would draw.
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