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Bagheera's Secret by lyosha Bagheera's Secret by lyosha
"Little Brother" said he, "feel under my jaw."

Mowgli put up his strong brown hand, and just under Bagheera's silky chin, where the giant rolling muscles were all hid by the glossy hair, he came upon a little bald spot.

"There is no one in the jungle that knows that I, Bagheera, carry that mark -- the mark of the collar; and yet, Little Brother, I was born among men, and it was among men that my mother died -- in the cages of the King's Palace at Oodeypore. It was because of this that I paid the price for thee at the Council when thou wast a little naked cub. Yes, I too was born among men. I had never seen the jungle. They fed me behind bars from an iron pan till one night I felt that I was Bagheera, the Panther, and no man's plaything, and I broke the silly lock with one blow of my paw, and came away; and because I had learned the ways of men, I became more terrible in the jungle than Shere Khan. Is it not so?"

"Yes," said Mowgli; "all the jungle fear Bagheera -- all except Mowgli."

--Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book

A belated happy birthday to one of my favourite authors.
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MudkipPrime Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
:) cool pic...poor Bagheera...
Afroformer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017
Wait... so Bagheera was an even bigger bad than Shere Khan?
rose--drops Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
Great picture! I've always loved Bagheera.
DeadPegasus Featured By Owner May 21, 2018
It sounds to me like Bagheera could have made Shere Khan his prison bitch.
Mudstorm15 Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job with the spots
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016
Really well done piece, that seems to fit well with the excerpt from the novel.
However, I'm pretty sure that if a lock can be broken with just one swipe of a Panther's paw, it's not fit to be a lock - especially for a fully grown and dangerous animal like a panther.
Saberrex Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad to see this scene painted out and described. It gives Bagheera a lot more depth. After seeing the newest Jungle Book trailer for 2016 (… ), I can just imagine this scene done in Ben Kingsley's voice.  
UnkindMind Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to go out and buy this book now.
TheStripelessTiger Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My favorite scene from the book.
andreasrylander Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I love it =)
Even made me cry a little. Love the emotional image and the wonderful text...
CandiGyrl Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've never read the original book, but it puts an entirely new spin on my view of the story knowing that Bagheera was raised in captivity...

on a more unrelated topic, we have a black cat named Bagheera :)
Pucca2000 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Rogue98 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student
I love Bagheera
AKI-TENSHI Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I truly love you based this scene of the authors words
Briggse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
This is beautiful.
Red-Queen666 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Grumpy-Old-Snake Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Gorgeous illustration. :D
AzrielEver Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I love these two.
anakalivas Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
perfect, so beautiful ! i love everything about this
SeekHim Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I've always loved panthers!

GOD bless
John 3:16
Rozen-Shield Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Whoa... So Bagheera was rasised in captivity.. poor guy. That would explain why he knew so much about mankind...

And thinking of a fight between him and Shere Khan just now... I really hope that Bagheera truly mops the jungle floor with that creep's face. XD
Ginger-Bunneh Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is absolutely gorgeous~
erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
Bagheera is the best! This is best art of Bagheera on DA that I've seen. I love the expression on Bagheera.
chotabear Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
I love Kipling's Jungle Book, my favourite classic. Bagheera's expression in this great artwork is unique !!!
catpain Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
his other secret is, that he isn't that badass he always seems to be but a cute, lovable kitteh *-*
FallenRider333 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
That is beautiful. I've never read the whole version of the book (only children's versions) but the imagery of the writing is great. I might have to give it a read! Love your art, and love the relationship between the two characters.
Kopaa Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Lovely illustration and story. :) I love how you made the Black spots on Bagheera, and gave the characters a different style. ^^
AliceGhost Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Professional Artist
The only decent Bagheera pic on DA. He's spot-on. You captured their relationship very well; he looks strong and proud and very fond of the boy.
lyosha Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly!
gaggle64 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
This is astounding. Stumbled across this researching one all time favourite books for my post-grad essay, always loved this incredibly poignant scene, magnificently captured here.
lyosha Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :)
Theonewizrobe Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
As much as I liked the Disney Jungle Book as a kid, it can't hold a candle to the original work. Bagheera was always my favorite character.
sherlockholmes34 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
This is good. I really liked the Jungle Book, Kipling is one of my favourite writers.
RoseToes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Firefly1910 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Very beautiful
conanthewolfboy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one of the most amazingly beautiful representations of that very scene, you have just made my day ^^
TiarnanDominusAdonai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
"The worth of a dead bull is little, but Bagheera's honor is something we perhaps will fight for."

Superb, just superb. It is so refreshing to see someone who honors The Jungle Book for what it is and not for the "Bare Necessities" version. Looking at this I can only hope to see more like it in the series. Imagine what it would look like when Mowgli was brought to the Cold Lairs by the Bandar-Log, the fight w/ Shere Khan, or even any of the non-Mowgli stories: Kotick, Toomai, or the gentleman himself, Rikki-tikki-tavi?

- Take care, Beannachd Dia Dhuit
ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you very much for including that passage, it really added to the image and a great understanding of both the characters. This image is beautiful, so much detail on his coat and the jungle scenary is great as well, underful work
MultiTerisek Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohh.. I love your work!
MurtaghAndThornLover Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
my class is doing this play. i love the jungle book and i think you really captured mowgli's and bagheera's relationship. beautiful piece!
jon2baker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love jungle book!
da-parrot-masta Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Now i want to read the book.
God-like-thing Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
This picture inspired me to read the original Jugle Book.
Thank you!
Norcotiger Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG!!! I love the detail on it
awrah Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I love that scene....
dreamwolvie Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
i had never gotten around to reading this book, this little excerpt made me wanna stop postponing it!
great illustration btw!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Wonderful illustration of that moment!
3luvingGreen Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Amazing, you captured the mood of the paragraph so well in Bagheera's eyes. Beautiful
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