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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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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
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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