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Boastful Bagheera by sandara Boastful Bagheera by sandara
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"Who is Man that we should care for him - the naked brown digger, the hairless and toothless, the eater of earth? I have followed him all day - at noon - in the white sunlight. I herded him as the wolves herd buck. I am Bagheera! Bagheera! Bagheera! As I dance with my shadow, so I danced with those men. Look!"

The great panther leaped as a kitten leaps at a dead leaf whirling overhead, struck left and right into the empty air, that sang under the strokes, landed noiselessly, and leaped again and again, while the half purr, half growl gathered head as steam rumbles in a boiler.

"I am Bagheera - in the jungle - in the night, and my strength is in me. Who shall stay my stroke? Man-cub, with one blow of my paw I could beat thy head flat as a dead frog in summer!"

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I loved the Jungle Book when I was a kid; the animal characterizations were amazing. The original by Kipling, not the watered down Disney version. In particular, I loved that little speech Bagheera gave to an unimpressed Mowgli.
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Nellara Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
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WraythSkitzifrenik Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I love the book. Especially Kaa. I wish they'd give him his due as a mentor and friend, but oh no. In this culture, snakes are BAAAAAD...phooey.

Enough rant. This is spectacular!
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Tigeresscrazy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2017
Wow bagheera looks so fierce
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Student Artist
I hate how Disney represented Bagheera. In the '67 cartoon, he was like a more grumpy version of Baloo from the book and in the 2016 remake he was like a stiff British lieutenant or something. Then again, Disney has never done any justice for the Jungle Book. Save for Shere Khan and Raksha in the remake.
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radioredrafts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
Yep, right before Mowgli took him down a peg. Really fine job you did here :)
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degalaxis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
I love the Book, loved it as a kid and am still loving it now. And Bagheera has always been my favorite character.
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MiraniWolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional General Artist
Wow, Mowgli looks really good!
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:iconhannanna214:
hannanna214 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Bagheera looks so cool
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alithking Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015
Beatiful art work, congratulations!
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WilliwawWanderings Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Luv teh cat
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EliBurrySchnepp Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
I'm so happy you went with his book characterization! (Though Kaa was the worst in the movie! I loved him in the book as an ancient, wise, and terrifying ally)
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Startoucher Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Student General Artist
I know! I loved Kaa and Mowgli's friendship in the book, and I'm so mad we didn't get to see any of that in either movie!
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Student Artist
Well, at least the Russian version got it right. Even though Bagheera was female in that one, they still got the personality right.
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insanitiser Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
Notice all the foliage and see all the different shades of green used, This picture clearly took an INSANE amount of patience but was well worth the effort!
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R-FakonWolf Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Britney Spears OMG WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
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alphawolfartist Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Im impressed it looks lot like jungle book
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Go2frag Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Otro-amor-eterno Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exellent
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satishverma Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work.
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maglor20 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
This is absolutely fantastic. Such power. :love:
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2138 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
How gorgeous is this? I grew up with the Kipling book, and I love this! Definitely much better--more powerful, more meaningful--than the Disney film.
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Thorberg22 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Student Artist
I agree. The Disney cartoon version may have been good as a movie, but far from being a good representation of the Jungle Book. Then again, Disney has never given Jungle Book justice.
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rockisdead25 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
This makes me think of the fables comic line. I love this and I love that u based this on the book and not the disney version it's always good to see someone with an appreciation for classic lit great job sincerely
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RachellovesLOTR Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm reading The Jungle Book right now :) 
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chotabear Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Superb portrayal of the Jungle Book !   I love the Jungle Book.  :)
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kprestonillustration Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this so much! That scene in the books is one of my favorites <3! You did a really good job at making Mowgli look young but strong which I think is really hard to pull off.
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amadeusart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Thank you.
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Ice-Cove27 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this movie :D was one of my favorites as a kid
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Andrey1111 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Great!!
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Rogue98 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student
...modest
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citywolfwarrior Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Bahgeera looks great
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ArtDeepMind Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You called it bagheera. For me its Mauglee :)
I can say the same! I have original book too, its really awesome,a book of my childhood
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slsilveira Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
yay!!! *childhood moment*
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randomcrimes Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
This is so beautiful! I wish I could buy this as a print.
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blacksnowcat Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heeeeey there, Mogli :)
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imperiom Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MY CHILDHOOD REAPPEARS°!
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Tailsmen2009 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very nice write up to go with this artwork. I always enjoyed this Jungle book and the creative design you have done to compliment it. Great work!
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AuralianAlchemist Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Nice work...and I'm not diminishing the work at all when I say this but your Bagheera looks like a giant version of Salem the Cat from Sabrina the Teenage Witch to me XD lmao
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azharmaa Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
color blend..depth...cool
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Dragonsbloodinforman Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
so much detail everywhere! must have taken you hours to do this. simply magnificent.
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
"Strike, then!"

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Great paintnig, by the way.
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Firebrand222 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
awesome pic.
I remember that speech and also loved it.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
amazing!
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grazatt Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Your work is freaking awesome, I am glad I discovered it
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Me-MAI Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
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SuperShepherd52 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
So much detail O_0 This really is Kipling's Jungle Book. 
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Ashstar13 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student General Artist
wow. im in awe like this is just WOW
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Blackrose1323 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Absolutely gorgeous
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Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
very beautiful work
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pythoncasey Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Mowgli is absolutely gorgeous! 
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