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"SHIFU!!!"

His panda student's heartbreaking cry reverberated down the stone shaft to the old master's ears. Face turned upwards, he could see the light of Tigress's lantern fade away as he was plunged into darkness. The only light left was the fiery red glow beneath him from the flames of the Mongshou's molten rock body, accompanied by its roars and shrieks that rumbled up the rock walls of the shaft as it too careened down into the blackness.

Shifu closed his eyes as soon as the lantern light and the cry of Po's voice faded away. Only time could tell if they were truly ready to go on without him. He hated to let go now, as much as any of them. True, the Five were entirely capable of holding their own and exceeding in battle, and expert enough to be training their own students. But Po...He was still practically a cub. If push came to shove, he was the Dragon Warrior. Surely, he would always pull through, especially with the Five at his side. But at the same time, Shifu knew from experience what it was like to feel so unprepared with such pressure at such a young age, and how horrible it could feel to face it in light of losing someone close...

And Tigress...his own daughter...

His sky-blue eyes opened once more to peer up into the darkness. What was done was done... His students, his children were safe...and he wasn't done yet. He may have been careening down this dismal stone shaft in pursuit of a savage behemoth composed of stone and fire, down towards what very easily may be both of their deaths. But as long as he was here, as long as he had the strength and will and a single breath still in his body, this fight was not over. For him, at a fall of this magnitude, it would take a miracle for him to survive whatever waited for him at the bottom. But as it was formed of solid rock, the Mongshou could just as easily survive and bounce back from this brutal fall and would most likely try to get in the caves again to defend its mountain. Meaning that it wouldn't have any trouble at all in catching up with and killing Po and the Five.

Not even over my dead body, you won't...

Gritting his teeth, the red panda forced himself into a head-first dive down the pit, pinning his arms to his sides so he shot like a stream-lined missile towards his foe.

Squinting and scowling past the sharp blasts of heat pelting against his face, he managed to spot the brief silhouette of Oogway's staff against the Mongshou's flames, somehow withstanding them as it seemed to make its own streamlined dive to lead the Grandmaster. The heat of the monster's flames rippled at Shifu viciously, sullying his snow-white fur with patches of black ash. Yet he kept his eyes set with burning ferocity on his target. His robes rippling in the blasts of hot air, he stretched a scorched arm out for his master's staff - his staff - his sole companion in this, his one last fight...

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OYYY. XD This one took a while. I'm still not sure if I'm comfortable with how it looks... Especially the soot on Shifu's fur. It seemed necessary, but it was hard to make it look right.

So some of you may be confused by the little blurb I wrote with this. Well, in my "Lord of the Scrolls" story, my KFP/Lord of the Rings crossover that you see a poster of on my profile page, I basically have Shifu sharing the roles of both Gandalf and Aragorn. And in my version, the Balrog is named the "Mongshou". I watched the beginning of The Two Towers the other day, and I saw that scene where Gandalf just dives head-first with sword-in-hand to battle the Balrog, even when their falling to their deaths. O_O That's a "battle to the end" attitude if I ever saw one. And for some reason I really wanted to draw Shifu in such an intense pose. Cause, you know, he has the potential to be as epic as Gandalf. XD If only Dreamworks would work with it. So until then, here ya go.

On a side note, I did my share of listening to some real "kick-butt" songs during the making of this. My favorite, though, was this little gem by various artists.

Well, I won't back down
No, I won't back down
You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I
Won't back down

Gonna stand my ground
Won't be turned around
And I'll keep this world from draggin' me down
Gonna stand my ground
And I won't back down


Yeah. :lol: I listened to that song, repeating those lines in my head while drawing Shifu there.

Background stock found here ([link]) by ~mariastock
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Shifu from Kung Fu Panda. Hand-drawn sketched, pictured, then colored on GIMP. Several hours and lots of fun. The Chinese stands for "Kung Fu."
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EDIT: I FINISHED IT! :la: The piece which I had promised :iconvampirelupin10: long ago is finally done. Hope you like it, mate! :D

Here is little baby Shifu learning to take his first steps with the help of his mother, Lady Kuan-Yin. :aww: Yes, even the greatest of kung fu masters had to have taken baby steps before growing into fighting professionals. :giggle:

Line work can be found here: [link].


Kung Fu Panda and Shifu are DreamWorks Animation.
Yin is ~DolphinMoana
Artwork is me, *Kaptain-Kitty

T/M: Photoshop CS3.
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Because of time constraints, I can `t do faster. Maybe someone wants to order a picture thread? I welcome your comments.
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This is a fanart for :icondolphinmoana: of her character Koto, her Oc of the Kung Fu Panda universe. He's the father of Shifu.

So I started reading her fanfics (I readed "The firts step" and I started "Origins") and I fell for them instantly. Specially, I liked her character Koto. She has great artworks of him, and his story is very well done!

So I drew Koto teaching his little son, our dear Shifu. But what? Use your imagination XD

Hope She likes it!


Done in Photoshop Elements 7 with a Wacom Bamboo tablet.

Shifu and Kung Fu Panda belongs to Dreamworks. Koto, Origins, and The firts step belongs to :icondolphinmoana:. I own nothing, but the picture

PLEASE! IF YOU FAV THIS, LEAVE A LITTLE COMMENT! I WILL ALWAYS REPLY ;)
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Well, well, well. Seems as though there are a couple of little cubs who have taken the words "Pick on somebody your own size" a bit too seriously. :giggle: Poor Oogway.

For those of you who have not watched KFP: Legends of Awesomeness, as adults, masters Shifu and Junjie do not get along. Some could say that they are even enemies. The reason for this malice is mainly on Junjie's behalf. Both he and Shifu trained under Master Oogway, and it is suggested that the old turtle favoured the red panda over the fox; Shifu was made a member of the Furious Five (a generation before Tigress and the rest) while Junjie was not. When Shifu was chosen to take over the Jade Palace as Grand Master once Oogway passed away, Junjie became envious of Shifu, even after the fox had earned himself a position in the Sacred Onyx Council. He swore, by all means necessary, to remove Shifu from his position as Grand Master in order take over the Jade Palace.

Honestly, I would love to know what the two of them were like growing up together. :lol: They seem like the type that would have picked on each other constantly, although that could be because I find the idea of Shifu finally having an opponent of a similar size and stature appealing. :XD:



Master Oogway and Shifu are DreamWorks Animation.
Junjie is Nickelodeon.
Artwork is me, *Kaptain-Kitty

T/M: 0.3 nylon-tip pen, chalk pastel, Faber-Castell coloured pencils and Photoshop CS3.
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As painful as they guy was to color, he was a blast to draw. :lol: And how handy that the markings on his face should mimic the classic elliptical guidelines of drawing character heads.

So you've heard me talk about this guy already in my journal, but I'm going to say more. :lol: He's just a really fun addition to the KFP World, and I've come to love him. He has a doggone amazing design, and he seems strongly based on the fox character Dreamworks cut out of Kung Fu Panda 2 for slight resemblance to Shifu.

I do have to give the show credit that Junjie doesn't ramble on about how Shifu did him wrong and how much he loooooathes him. In fact, you never hear him say he hates Shifu (not to mention the tapestry, the topiary, the statue, the teapot...), it's Shifu himself to decides to briefly taunt him with the fact that Oogway didn't choose him to lead the Jade Palace. But it becomes clear pretty early on that Junjie has an agenda against the old red panda - in the middle of apparently some very formal sparring, he breaks the rhythm by dealing Shifu a hard kick to the chest (lower-right pic). Why? 'Cause he jolly well FELT like it. :unimpressed: But the great thing is that Shifu retorts with his own smooth, er...violence.

Shifu: It's all right, I was just a little slow. *TACKLE*

And then he flips the fox punk in a wrist hold......LIKE A BOSS. :D

So yeah, Junjie's left more of an impression for me more than any of LOA's villains thus far. One, he's another little guy for Shifu to brawl with, I don't know why that adds points. :lol: Two, he's a trickster - he plays with his victim's mind and emotions, something I haven't really seen much of in other villains of the show. It would've been interesting in "Ghost of Oogway" if he had used his deceitful act to confront Shifu directly and really strike a blow to his emotions, maybe by confirming Shifu's fear that he wasn't everything he could've been for his master. :o And three, a cuddly, old good guy needs a cuddly, old rival. :lol: With ears to rival his own.

I have a feeling Junjie will show up again in "Father Crime" for whatever ultimatum reasons. :D I hope so.

Old paper brushes: (c) ~melodyofrain
Junjie & Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (c) Dreamworks & Nickelodeon
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Me: Everybody now!-
Everyone: YOU SUCK!
Me: ... I was going to say "aww!", but I guess not. -_-*

Anyway... this is just one of a few little copic doodles which I decided to sketch up when I was feeling less that cheery one evening. :shrug:

Long story, short: after Tai Lung's defeat, Master Shifu was finally granted the inner peace that he had longed for for twenty years. Now free from the chains of self-restriction; never wanting to show any emotion other than anger, he is now able to cleanse his soul of the inner demons. Now all the memories; the turn of his student – his son – from a pleasant little cub to a raging leopard, the descending of his beloved master, and many other painful recollections are released in the form of tears.
Seeing his master weeping silently, Po decides to offer him what little comfort he can. And what better way to do that than with a bear hug?


Master Shifu and Po are © DreamWorks Animation.
Artwork is © me, *Kaptain-Kitty.

T/M: Copic markers and 0.3 led black pen.
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Here it is! My VERY FIRST submission to Deviantart! Some of you may be familiar with my FanFiction "Obsidian Blade" and let me tell you that it has become very popular on the site. (At least that's what my reviewers keep telling me. LOL!) I am also an artist, so I thought I would come up with the cover art for my fic.
Okay, I admit that I did some tracing. Mantis and Shifu are the only ones that I drew free hand. But besides that, I am REALLY happy how this turned out! ^-^
If any of you want to read "Obsidian Blade" feel free to click on the [link] to the first chapter!
I really like thorough reviews, so for those of you who have the time, I would really appreciate it!
I do not own the KFP characters in any way, they belong to Dream Works.
The art belongs to me! (Sorry about the watermark people. I've seen too many artists' work being stolen for me to take any chances.)
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Commission for :icongrindylowe: of her own OC.

Habika is a princess in her mid thirties. She is very charming, elegant, and intelligent not to mention feminine. P.S She is in a relationship with Master Shifu.

*whistle* :woohoo: *whistle* PUFF *turn into a bird and fly away* *whistle* *whistle*

Check out her story in "A Trail Of Embers In The Snow". [link]

In life update. OMG MASS EFFECT 3 coming out tomorrow!!!!!!! Kneel on the floor, YAAYY :dummy: Who's the happy boy? Who's the happy boy?
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