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King of the Jungle by Loopydave King of the Jungle by Loopydave
I first read the original Tarzan book when I was a kid of 12... still love the character today and always wanted to paint him... so I did. Poor impulse control I guess.

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Pencil sketch, painted in photoshop, posted on the interwebs and now viewed by you!

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:iconclarkyboingo:
ClarkyBoingo Featured By Owner 17 hours ago   Traditional Artist
Hi. What a great piece of art. Beyond  the amazing body and style, what struck me was the light. It may be the way you handle it, or just your own vision (I've since the same kind of exactness on your other works), but this is really touching and having an impact on me. Cheers.
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Arkeoklept Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016   Digital Artist
Marvellous work! His musculature is fantastic. :D
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Professional
Thanks! Clearly all that running around, wrestling Apes and chasing tigers has kept him in good shape :D
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:iconadej-art:
AdeJ-Art Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bagheera!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner May 22, 2016  Professional
Haha!
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:iconmoka50120:
moka50120 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
I love the panther !!!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Professional
She says 'thanks' - or would if she wasn't a cat :D
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Professional
Thank you :)
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:iconsaddust:
Saddust Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Oh ? That's me (^v^)
Well, I would like ! Superb drawing.
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Professional
:D Thanks Serge!
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:iconatleastimalive:
AtLeastimalive Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Badass art. B-) (Cool) 
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional
Thanks man!
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AlexanderNesterov Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
hm...strange that the King of the jungle is white
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional
Not as strange as the fact that he wore a teletubby outfit to the office party last year and can play the ukulele with his feet.
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:iconamadeusart:
amadeusart Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work. I love it!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional
Thanks!
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:iconmedallion2012:
Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a beautiful piece! His face is a little too severe, but living in the jungle and being exposed to the elements 24/7 isn't the ideal plan for proper skincare I suppose. :D Still, it's fantastically done. :)
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional
He only looks like that as the panther just told a ridiculous joke and he is trying not too laugh ;)
Cheers!
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:iconmedallion2012:
Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I accept your explanation. :D
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:iconrookie141:
Rookie141 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the panther is so beautiful <3
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:iconaravah:
Aravah Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Panther? Is there a panther in this picture?
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:iconrookie141:
Rookie141 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, why? is there also something else?
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional
Danke!
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TanyaBagrova Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
wow!!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional
Thanks - Jungle man appreciates the 'wow' as do I :D
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:iconsidss:
sidss Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
AWOSOME
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional
Thanks! :D
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:iconlady-lumiya:
Lady-Lumiya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist
Love how you paint skin, its perfect!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional
Thanks Lady Lumiya! :D
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:iconjunglecaptor:
JungleCaptor Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Wow nice! A great pic.
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional
Thanks!:)
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:iconbenhammonds:
BenHammonds Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Writer
This is great, I have been reading all of the original Tarzan novel recently and this really fits. The character is way different than he is shown in the movies :)
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional
Thanks Ben. There was talk of a new Tarzan movie with Alexander Skarsgard in the lead, which could have been interesting, but last I heard production had shut down.
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BenHammonds Featured By Owner May 30, 2013   Writer
I hadn't heard about it, it would be nice if they did do a new one and make it like it should be :)
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OsamuTezukafan1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Before Tarzen there was Mowgli
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional
:D The Jungle book did indeed predate Tarzan.... by a good 20 years!
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Reborn1995full Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
OMG like the color!! really! :iconiloveitplz: ...i wondering how you can make that such a muscles :icononionwoeplz:
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional
Its all that swinging through the trees - great workout and makes his muscles big :D
Cheers!
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:iconfuryian:
Furyian Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Photographer
This is beautiful. Very well done!
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional
Thank you kind sir!
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artist
Waw!!! Simply stunning, good friend! Very well done... :D
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional
Obrigado! :highfive:
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Artist
You deserve, my friend! :clap:
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Follefarine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
:) Grew up reading allll of his books! I've never really watched any of the movies or t.v. shows, because in the end, nothing can touch the books. What a delightful picture - down to his "companion" who I recall from Beasts of Tarzan I believe? As a kid, that was just the height of cool - to have a panther following you.
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Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional
Can't confirm which book Tarzan hangs out with a panther, but I know he did at some point and yes, it would be the height of cool, kid or grown up!
Cheers!
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TJWood-UK Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Masterful work! I particularly like your idealised representation of the male form. It's definitely how I always dreamed the lord of the jungle would look.
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:iconloopydave:
Loopydave Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional
Thanks man!
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TJWood-UK Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
NP!
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Dionisante Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good!!!
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