“man-cub takes to the jungle.”

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after reading all of kipling’s mowgli stories and “the jungle book” and taking copious notes, i get to start sketching icons to use for the background pattern. here you’re seeing my experimental sketches for sahi the porcupine, bagheera, and hathi the wild elephant.
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once i’ve decided on my icon sketches to use, i start tracing them to fill in the background pattern until it’s full.
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i transfer the final pattern to illustration board (retracing over it with transfer paper in-between the tracing paper and the board), and start to fill in the background with gouache.
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you can see the background filling in as i paint around all the icons….
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once the background is done, i paint in each icon its own colour of gouache. baloo is the blue bear you see, and i painted hathi the wild elephant a bright pink, sticking with traditional indian colour schemes.
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the background is almost done…
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the rope i put mowgli hanging from is actually temple bells– integral to his adventures. but in real life, probably not the most comfy to hang by your ankles from. but that’s why it’s art!

“man-cub takes to the jungle.”

the first male character painted in the faerie tale feet series is mowgli from rudyard kipling’s “the jungle book” and all of his published mowgli stories. featuring all of our favourite jungle friends, plus a few you may not know unless you read the book & didn’t just watch the delightful jazz romp disney produced. : )

mowgli hangs from a rope indicative of indian temple carvings- the ruins of which bagheera, baloo, & kaa saved him from the monkeys’ kidnapping.

mang the bat, the elephants, bagheera, sahi the porcupine (my fave line from the book: “sahi is full of stories half heard & very badly told”), the red flower (fire), shere khan (represented by a tiger mask like farmers wear on the back of their heads in the fields to scare off real tigers), mother wolf, baloo, the monkey-folk…. all here to give you the sense of jungle adventure and to cheer mowgli on as he decides between the jungle he knows and perhaps where he ends up. “but that is a story for grown-ups,” as kipling concludes.

original gouache painting (11×11″) framed to 19″ square is available for $425.  convo me on etsy.  🙂

limited edition signed prints available here on my etsy shoppe:  http://etsy.me/1T983IT

greeting card available here:  http://etsy.me/1KbKOUx

(front of the card reads:  “But Mowgli fell as Baloo had taught him to fall,
and landed on his feet.”  poignant for life, no? it’s blank on the inside, so perfect for any encouraging application or salutation!)