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Boastful Bagheera by sandara 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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satishverma Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic work.
maglor20 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
This is absolutely fantastic. Such power. :love:
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.
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
RachellovesLOTR Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm reading The Jungle Book right now :) 
chotabear Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
Superb portrayal of the Jungle Book !   I love the Jungle Book.  :)
KatieRosePreston Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student 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.
amadeusart Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous! Thank you.
Ice-Cove27 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved this movie :D was one of my favorites as a kid
Andrey1111 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
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