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Lungri by CanisAlbus Lungri by CanisAlbus
Shere Khan from Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book
Even if Shere Khan is Hindi for "King Tiger", his original birth name, Lungri, could be translated as "The Lame One". If my memory serves me right, the great and menacing tiger was born with a crippled leg, which prevented him from hunting wild animals of the jungle, as they were too quick for him to catch. He started to prey upon villagers' cattle instead and eventually became a man-eater.
It seems that this disability of his is often overlooked, but I think it really adds a lot to this character and gives a reasonable explanation to his habits. Before I read the books I always thought Shere Khan ate humans and their domesticated animals simply because he was the villain of the story, now I know it's partially because he doesn't have a choice. It's actually quite tragic if you think about it.

Staedtler pigment liner and Gimp.

Artwork ©CanisAlbus
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PaulEberhardt Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep! The Jungle Books are much more complex than people think, once you take a close look at it. I had to write a BA thesis about them, before I finally found out, e.g. why Bagheera is the good one, and Shere Khan isn't, and not the other way round (it's not a random choice).
I love this picture and its style. If Lockwood Kipling hadn't done very fitting artwork for the stories, this would be a great alternative. :)
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SenseiHoots Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
I had to write a thesis on the Jungle Book too haha. Only mine was about how Khan is the real hero of the story :)
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PaulEberhardt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, he's a victim of circumstances, poor kitty. That makes him sort of a tragic hero, doesn't it? :) Bit like the Mugger of Mugger-Ghaut, come to think about it.
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Bizarre4 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Yeah it's right, I remember well this part - Lungri will always be my favourite tiger. I love your style, so clean and precise, and I like the black details on his head. At first he seemed an Aztechan god to me, before I read the name Sweating a little... 
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Wow I did not know that about Shere Khan, but it really does make sense! Thank you for sharing that information, as well as this absolutely gorgeous picture, what a fantastic interpretation ♥
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steampunktransbot Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
this is a very cool stylized depiction of shere khan. thumbs up :)
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Woodswallow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is so badass!! It would look excellent on fabric. Love this one!
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Draconicat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
Gorgeous artwork, and I agree wholeheartedly with your point about the character.
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sevas-tra Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the explanation! The art is beautiful
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Dragonwisp Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful picture and description! :)
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Th3Frgt10Warrior Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks so perfect <3
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Rilguia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
:wow: I'm always impressed with your designs and the many cultures you know, gorgeous work! :clap:
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Stitchy-Face Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
The black thick lines are wonderful and really bring him out, ah I love it!
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LOBOsuave Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great piece and insight
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SnowyBlack Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
fantastic! and I didn't know that about him, thanks :)
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WooflesArt Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I never knew that backstory! I want to read the book now!  
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Copper-Wings Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this has been featured on my page!! <33
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Ooupoutto Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the tiger's markings :D
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IzaPug Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
its a nice idea
for put in a t-shirt
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Psydrache Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats one cool design!
Shy question: Do you have this picture in a bigger size and only black and white? I think it would be a very cool shirt design.
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BlueSpiritWolf6 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amaazing :wow:
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DrawandDream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! This is stunning!
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237-IndefiniteTruth Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this, and yeah, I sometimes find myself explaining his leg to some people who exaggerate his "villainous" habits and such. Awesome work mate!
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Brainmatters Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Aw man I love the Jungle Book. Disney didn't do it any justice.
Also, you'd probably like MonicaMcClain's Jungle Book series: monicamcclain.deviantart.com/g…
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threefourthsginger Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
This is freakin cool! Your style is rad and I love the story behind this one, even though it's very sad! :c
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UndiscoveredMuse Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Writer
your style is so stunning
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SueaNoi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read that too! It's a shame Disney left that part out of this deep character.
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Tikrekins Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Ihanat ihanat värit, haluan kieriä tossa lämmössä. 
Saanko? *riisuu vaatteita*
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Huskypawz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow I never knew that about Shere Khan! That's quite interesting to know. 
Lovely work too <3 I've always loved this character as a child~
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spookyDiNGO Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
    Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
    In the forests of the night; 
    What immortal hand or eye, 
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

just had to. It was just such a fitting moment! Beautiful work here. I really love it. Makes me want toreread the Jungle Book!
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ArsFatalis Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
...HOW!?
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meokami Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Vau miten upea! :) Mistä ihmeestä sä oikein saat inspiraation sun kaikkiin töihin, ne on jokainen toinen toistaan upeampia! XD 
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Tinetheeviltwin Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! 
always loved Shere Khan ^^ but i never knew this! its so sad! Q_Q
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TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I always thought it was because he was shot in the leg by a human hunter, thus explaining why he hates humans, but I might be wrong.  He is a great character, I always felt a little sorry for him.  Excellent picture!!  :D
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CanisAlbus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Hmm, maybe it was explained like that in one of the adaptations? The Disney film, perhaps? I'm quite certain it was a birth defect in the original books. 
Anyhow, thanks! I'm glad you like this one!
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TheWilyWildcat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
You're very welcome :)  Yeah it probably was the Disney version now you mention it, it would make sense that Disney would add the bit about the hunter to make him seem more vengeful and villainous. 
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FloydVoid Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oi kui upea! :o Kiva fiilis täs :3
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DarkSkies7 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It has a very geometrical look to it, that's so cool :la: and I love the tribal theme as well <3
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HoudedCanine Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is amazing!
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Caniyto Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this! reminds me of another of your pieces. Indian Summer I think it was? Similar style, both epicly gorgeous!

Shere Khan's story is quite tragic. I feel almost sorry for him; he became hated because he became a man-eater, and it wasn't really his choice in the first place.
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Plumbeck Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I actually didn't know of this back story, it's actually pretty interesting. I really love the colours and almost tribal look of this.
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