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Boastful Bagheera

By sandara
"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!"


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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TheKittenKat's avatar
I should really look into getting the The Jungle Book by Kipling. It honestly sounds look a good read. The way the characters speak in the book fascinates me from what few book quotes I read. :) 
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WraythSkitzifrenik's avatar
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!
Tigeresscrazy's avatar
Wow bagheera looks so fierce
Thorberg22's avatar
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.
radioredrafts's avatar
Yep, right before Mowgli took him down a peg. Really fine job you did here :)
degalaxis's avatar
I love the Book, loved it as a kid and am still loving it now. And Bagheera has always been my favorite character.
MiraniWolf's avatar
Wow, Mowgli looks really good!
hannanna214's avatar
Bagheera looks so cool
alithking's avatar
Beatiful art work, congratulations!
EliBurrySchnepp's avatar
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)
Startoucher's avatar
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!
Thorberg22's avatar
Well, at least the Russian version got it right. Even though Bagheera was female in that one, they still got the personality right.
insanitiser's avatar
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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alphawolfartist's avatar
Im impressed it looks lot like jungle book
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maglor20's avatar
This is absolutely fantastic. Such power. :love:
2138's avatar
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.
Thorberg22's avatar
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.
rockisdead25's avatar
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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