The jungle book

Interior illustration for "the Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling

Based on the passage below from the Chapter, "Mowgli's Brothers"

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    Akela the Lone Wolf lay by the side of his rock as a sign that the leadership of the Pack was open, and Shere Khan with his following of scrap-fed wolves walked to and fro openly, being flattered. Bagheera lay close to Mowgli, and the fire-pot was between Mowgli's knees. When they were all gathered together, Shere Khan began to speak - a thing he would never have dared to do when Akela was in his prime.

    "He has no right," whispered Bagheera. "Say so. He is a dog's son. He will be frightened." 

The Jungle Book

Below, you will find 3 concept sketches which illustrate the same above passage from "The Jungle Book" from different angles.

I really liked the compositional idea of Shere Khan looming above the scene, as well as the placement of wolves in the corner in the first sketch, however, I also appreciated the flow and movement that was more pronounced in the second.

With those thoughts in mind, I combined the ideas of the first and second sketch that I felt worked best to visually express the scene into a third concept, which was eventually used as a reference for the final illustration.

Napping trio

(Mowgli, Bagheera & Baloo

- illustration spot)

Napping Trio (Mowgli, Bagheera & Baloo)