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Disney Realism: Mowgli


You really need to read the following excerpt before looking at the drawing because otherwise you won't 'feel it'.
I am currently reading all the Jungle Books by Kipling and let me just say this:
It made me laugh, cry, frightened and elated in all the right places. But this scene is by far my favourite ...I dont know why but it just really moved me.

I wanted to portray him still as a child, but on the brink of adolesence. Didnt really know how to draw fire without colour but gave it a shot. Enjoy :)


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"Mowgli stood upright--the fire pot in his hands. Then he stretched out his arms, and yawned in the face of the Council; but he was furious with rage and sorrow, for, wolflike, the wolves had never told him how they hated him. ...Mowgli stood all naked, his long black hair tossing over his shoulders in the light of the blazing branch that made the shadows jump and quiver.

"Good!" said Mowgli, staring round slowly. "I see that ye are dogs. I go from you to my own people--if they be my own people. The jungle is shut to me, and I must forget your talk and your companionship. But I will be more merciful than ye are. Because I was all but your brother in blood, I promise that when I am a man among men I will not betray ye to men as ye have betrayed me." He kicked the fire with his foot, and the sparks flew up....The fire was burning furiously at the end of the branch, and Mowgli struck right and left round the circle, and the wolves ran howling with the sparks burning their fur. At last there were only Akela, Bagheera, and perhaps ten wolves that had taken Mowgli's part. Then something began to hurt Mowgli inside him, as he had never been hurt in his life before, and he caught his breath and sobbed, and the tears ran down his face.

"What is it? What is it?" he said. "I do not wish to leave the jungle, and I do not know what this is. Am I dying, Bagheera?"

"No, Little Brother. That is only tears such as men use," said Bagheera. "Now I know thou art a man, and a man's cub no longer. The jungle is shut indeed to thee henceforward. Let them fall, Mowgli. They are only tears." So Mowgli sat and cried as though his heart would break; and he had never cried in all his life before. "

- The Jungle Books: Mowgil's Brothers
Rudyard Kipling


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*I cut out some chunks so it's a readable length - thats why its a little fractured.
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cjb1987192 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Your drawing looks great! Well done!
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alltheway96 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks:)
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cjb1987192 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011
The passage from the book made my cry a bit. Your welcome by the way.
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alltheway96 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your preaching to the choir. i wept. hence the need to draw this scene. (whats the appropriate response to - your welcome? there should be one :) )
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cjb1987192 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
When I said your welcome, I was just saying your welcome because you said thank you. I was not trying to be bitter about it. Sorry if it came across that way.
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alltheway96 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! aw you got me wrong. miscommunication! i was saying that there SHOULD be a response to "your're welcome" in the english language.

wasnt having a go at you!

sorry for the confusion :)
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cjb1987192 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
It's ok. I thought that you thought I was having a go at you. Never mind though. It's all been sorted out.
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