Sorting out some storage boxes in the attic, I came over this old, illustrated version of «The Jungle Book».
It was quite fun to read again, but most of all I enjoyed all the cool illustrations in it. So I decided to have a go at some of them myself.
I first chose one where Baloo teaches Mowgli to growl like a big bear, as I thought the grimace of both their faces was very interesting. So I sat down with the book in front of me and had a go at it by free hand.
First I did a pencil sketch of the outlines, trying to make the sizes fit, and getting the expressions of their faces right.
I then did the contouring with a 0,1 mm drawing pen.
The colours are added by Pro Markers, testing out the colours on the paper before deciding which to use, as you can see in the top left corner.
I think it came out really nice. The left leg of Baloo got a little to small I think, but apart from that I am quite pleased.
The second one was an illustration of Shere Khan lurking in the bushes (I used the same technique on all the sketches):
The third one was an illustration of Kaa the snake holding Mowgli in it’s grip:
And the last one is a dancing session in the jungle with Mowgli and an ape:
I really enjoyed making them all, and in time there might just be a couple more 🙂