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NMP: Yashamaru by The-Z NMP: Yashamaru by The-Z
Okay, finally. Here we go. I hate this thing, but it's as close to the original concept as I can make it. I only hate it for the frustration it's given me. I think it's actually pretty close to what I've envisioned.

Anyway, this is my piece for the Naruto Memorial Project. For those unfamiliar with the character Yashamaru is Gaara's uncle. Yes, he looks like a woman. I've heard that time and again ^^ People even think he's a woman until they realize Gaara calls him 'uncle'.

I don't really want to give away any spoilers to those who haven't seen this far, but those who've seen it, should understand the imagery. I hope I pulled it off clearly enough. The reason it's all yellow-ish is I wanted it 1. to match the sand and 2. give it that old photograph (old memories) feel to it all.

People have told me they like the sand effect, but I still think it looks like a mess of dirty smudges Give me time, I think I'll become friends with it. So yeah, thanks everyone that's participated in the Naruto Memorial Project and those who have faithfully watched it. I hope you enjoy and continue to enjoy the fruits of all the artist's labor! It was an honor to organize it all! Especially with all the enthusiasm I've received for it!

Thank you everyone.

Gaara and Yashamaru Masashi Kishimoto
Fanart The Z, 2004
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:icongaara-kamikaze:
Gaara-Kamikaze Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Yashamaru..my hated Yashamaru...good pic .
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SolariusScorch Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
Great!
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onigiri14 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
This is so sad....I really despise Yashamaru...
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FrApSippiNCellist Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Aw, this is so good! That image is really powerful, the one where he's hugging Gaara with a kunai behind his back, hehe. Great job here :)
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H4LfAd1ME Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
I love the tone to it!! I especially like the texture of Gaara!
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lady-toyano Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2006   General Artist
TT_TT
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sergeantstan Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2006
This is REALLY beautiful... it's such a sad story.
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SilvahScales Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
i think it's a very emotional peice..especially with lil' gaara-sama standing in the corner..the sand effect is very nice keep up the great work! evil yashamaru >.<
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Tigerboi Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
very awesome and deep piece. (^0^)b
glad i took the time to go through the MIGHTEH Z's GALLERY...yeah xD
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DarkAriane Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2005
i really lie the colors and the effect at the bottom
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Scapegoat999 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2005
Wow! This is really well done! I think the perspective worked very well with this. ^^ Lovely! I love Yashamaru... even if he is a backstabber. *grumbles*
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haku-kohaku Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005
i love the little Gaara in the corner, it's cute and sad at the same time.
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Spritetacular Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2005
The coloring in here is just so smooth and beautiful and... wow, it's just so great! And it's so cool how you got the feelings and different emotions to communicate so well into the picture!
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PaulReinwand Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
This picture makes me sad :( Everything is very well done as usual, the sand is and young Gaar in the bottom right are a little over the top however (I feel). Hopefully you can take this as constructive criticism. :) Keep up the nice work, always wonderful seeing such thoughful portrayals of one of my favorite characters.
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crabgirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005  Student
Awwwwwwwwwwwww sad days!!!! I wanna hug him and protect him!!! I want to hug him sooooo bad!!!!! POOR BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MY BABY!!!!!!!!! I wanna cry for him!!!!!!
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hokuto Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2005
........... GOD POOR LITTLE GAARA. ;o; I always feel like weeping when I watch or read that part... Poor Yashamaru as well. Always getting mistaken for a girl. XD I sincerely did not realize it till I watched the anime after reading the manga. I MEAN GEEZ HE EVEN TALKS LIKE A GIRL - oh, don't mind me.

Such gorgeousness. :heart:
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MyBrokenMind Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004
Gaara is so yong and ..eeevill.:drool: and kakashi is so funny :heart: :love:
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bloody-widow Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004
it's sooo sad T.T
you inspired me of doing somthing for those two T.T
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sora-ko Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004
o_____0

Awesome! Yashamaru in the middle downright scares me (he looks as if he is about to jump out of the screen ^^'), and the little Gaara in the corner is extremely adorable ^.^ Great job! :w00t:
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ISO-Marine Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004   Traditional Artist
Awesome! Yeah, this was one of the most painful moment's in gaara's existance. poor kid.
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nyuna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
Well, what should I say? It captures Gaara's childhood at it's best. It's great!
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zkoegul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
...even though I missed some other awesome artists... There's been quite nice piccies been to look at.

Anyway. Nice work on this one... Interesting to see the three pictures merged together... hnya... After all... Yashamaru don't gets many fanart :XD:
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mutedfaith Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004
You really brought that together quite nicely. :D I especially love the tears at the bottom; scanning top-down, it looks like they're old tapestries, but if you rest your eyes at the bottom it looks like they're dripping sand. Awesome effect.
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gabbie Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
This is abosolutly awesome. I love it. My only crit it the sand flowing from the pictures is too stiff....it should flow more into the middle. Not so it ruins the middle, just so it's a little...real? I dunno.

What's going to happen with the NMP now that Chouji and Neji are found not dead?
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The-Z Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2004  Professional General Artist
Chouji and Neji will remain on the list as the Project is nearing its deadline anyway.
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zaibot Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
so awesome.. so awesome XD
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DaViolentHippo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
i love the effect at the bottom with the yashamaru pics turning into sand and lonely gaara in the corner with his teddy bear. awww... poor gaara... *sniff* so cute.. even if it's only his back ^^
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silverMirror Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
woooww... all this cool piccies mixed into one...
neat!!! :clap:
impressive work with colors:!:
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nasrul-ds3 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
this is really memorable..... :cry:
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:iconwrinki:
Wrinki Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very so much awesome. Especially the sandy part. omg. loove!
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matsunoki Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really really gorgeous...

The harmony is breath-taking.. (omg.. exagge)
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Mrknownothing Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
god damn mine isnt gonna be done in time -_-...
anyway,good job on yours its wonderful ^^
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wredwrat Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Professional Filmographer
Seeing all the images together in the final collage like this really has the "WOAH!" effect. The sand falling off the bottom concept is really neat, it's like lil Gaara down the bottom with his teddy is replaying those events in his mind, with the aid of his ever present sand. Hee, I like how you opened Yasha's shirt front a bit to make sure no one further mistakes him as a woman. :D Man, the first time I saw him in the series I was utterly convinced that he was Gaara's aunt.. O__o
Awesome work Z! The mix of emotions in it is really powerful.
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The-Z Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Professional General Artist
Heehee. During this project, I've heard SO many people say 'I thought he was a woman!!' Poor Yashamaru. *fuzzles him* I suppose when your opening scene involves you wearing an apron, you really never get away from that initial impression.

I'm glad the picture conveys that Gaara's replaying those images in his mind. That's pretty much the concept I had in mind! With the center of it all being the stronger reality of the situation.

Thanks so much for the comment.
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SakuraPedals Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
=O That's ISH GUUD!!
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krinkles Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
OMG! i just figured out that Yashamaru looks like Temari! D D
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kakashi101 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004   Writer
I love how the two frams are sand and are falling to make the ground. Wow.
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pariker Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004   General Artist
Wow. J ust... wow! O_O The perspective work is amazing, but I daresay that I like all of the imagery elements you've incorporated. It gives the piece much more of a feeling of unity, rather than just one character standing there or whatever.

(Question: Did anyone sign up to draw the Kazekage for the NMP? *Thinking about doing a little something to contribute to the project*)
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The-Z Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004  Professional General Artist
People were actually assigned characters randomly, so no one signed up for Kazekage. Also, the project's over now. But I don't think anyone would complain to see a Kazekage memorial ^^
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Teh-Dave Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
Perspective work = Tight!
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mkx Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
wow, the pieces all looked great separate, but it's fricken awesome all put together <3 gret work Z
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Pachabel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004   Digital Artist
Pach=:heart:in' it! ^____^ It gets the feelings perfectly there..
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MediaViolence Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Professional General Artist
I think the sand looks like sand, and it looks a lot better than if I had tried to do it as I just realized I've never had to CG sand and I wouldnt even know where to begin ^_^* The composition is really nice too, it's very creative and gives you time to look over it a couple times before seeing it all as one full image ^_^
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DigitalStiches Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
Wow o_o! This is awesome!!
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Toki-chinko Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
this is just adorable! I love it! I love the little gaara in the corner! that just adds so much too it! :hug: great job! Gaara looks awesome!
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RicciG Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
this turned just beautiful! I love it! with all the side pictures! very sweet very touching ^^
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katoryu-diethel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
all the mix of theses picture do a pretty good effect!
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mojaam Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
That was one of my favorite Naruto episodes. This remind me of that. Tells the story (betrayal) right on. If I may critique something minor it will be with the sand, it's just too different from the whole picture,. But I like the idea. Nice work :clap:.
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ebba Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004
you did a really great work on this :D
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soltian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2004  Professional General Artist
This looks awesome..I really like the colors. The sand effect is a nice touch, too. I like the smudges at the bottom but the upper portion looks a bit plasticky...I dunno, too smooth maybe. I like the little Gaara in the corner, too. Great job :D
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