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I'm not blind, I just can't see by Simply-Jax I'm not blind, I just can't see by Simply-Jax
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Ha, Felidae quote...

Anyway, A member of the Jabari Mob, Winda is the oldest female of the group. Ravaged by a predator when younger she had been left blind and tailless, but gets by just fine for the most part. She is usually the first to hear or smell danger as well as food, so she is better fed then most other members. Pups often fight over her as their adult guardian when out foraging for this reason.

She isn't much good for sentry and fighting, she pulls her weight in being the #1 pupsitter. Key to her survival is to stay in the midst of the group, always listen, always pay attention. Getting left behind would be disastrous.

Winda is supposed to mean "Hunter" In Swahili.

I'm growing kind of fond of this characters design. Winda wasn't originally a main character but she had more back story then most of the characters. I might just switch her place or design with other characters to give her more light.

I tried making a background, but nothing I did looked any good for her and I got frustrated... so another floating meerkat with messy shading. Still struggling on the nose and paws.

Critique is welcomed!

Winda belongs to *Simply-Jax
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Jax...I have to ask. She's highly regarded and such...but does she have any rivals? I saw something where a wolf was blind and her mother had died and the new Alpha casted her out...I sure hope she doesn't fall to that same terrible fate
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
She does not, being blind she can't permanently lead a group and since she sticks extremely close to the mob she wouldn;t dare get involved with a rover, so is no threat to any of the higher ranking females.
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
Sometimes that does not seem enough, some meerkats are just mean to be mean, or take advantage on the weaker members (like...was it Mymble or Misable in the Moomins?).

Jax...what would happen if Winda was in a situation like Tina Sparkle had been with Flower's pups (after Mitch and Jogu had left) or when Paddle Pop stayed behind with the abandon pups? Would she be able to survive by using her other senses (like perhaps detecting the feel of wind from a bird of prey, or hear the flap of wings. A jackal might brush against the bushes).

But if you did a story with her then I would love to read it, it would be wonderful to have a meerkat story, a meerkat book if possible.
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014
In a situation of abandonment I don't think she would survive long. It's like having a blind dog - they get used to their surroundings but if you put them in a new house they will bump into everything. The Kalahari is too vast for her to remember so she needs the strong smell of her group to guide her.
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Aiko-Akita Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAH. This is seriously one of my favorite meerkat pieces ever. That pose is jut amazing. Your meerkat anatomy... I'm so jealous! Beautiful artwork <3
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
THANK YOU! :la:
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I would say she's one lucky meerkat to get away without visible scars, though blind eyes and no tail do leave reminders, it's good she's able to cope well and be very useful.
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
She's got scars, they just aren't huge or over the top gashes. She's got puncture marks on her head, cheeks and neck, and one by the tail base.
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Ozzkat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GAH. DIS. DIS SO BOOTIFUL.&hearts
Marvellously done, Jax! You truly are one of the greatest meerkat artists I've ever discovered, and good God is your art inspiring! (: Love it. ^^ And Winda sounds like a very interesting character!
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
THANK YOU! C:
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Ozzkat Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem; keep up the great work, lovely! ^^ <3
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NennaFox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Oh wow this is some BEAUTIFUL work, though I think if a meerkat lost part of its tail it wouldn't look so...poofy. But the body structure, ears, markings, and EVERYTHING is wonderful! I wanna commission you at some point for some meerkat artwork...just some headshots of 2 male meerkats and one female.
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I've got a bad habit of fluffing these critters up too much in some areas. So thanks for pointing that out as well as the rest of the comment! =D

And that's fine, Just post a note whenever you're ready :) Always happy to draw meerkats!
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NennaFox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
It is VERY hard to resist making them fluffy so it is understandable :) I will probably message you towards the middle of the month with info on the headshots.
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
SHE'S SO BEAUTIFUL AND CUTE. =P
Gorgeous name too.
I just love the colours and the shading of this.. So well done..
AND DAT FUZZY LITTLE TAIL.. I JUST WANNA FLUFF IT UP. D: <3
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Thank you!♥ =D
Imagine when she's go into attack mode and got all fluffed up, she's have a puff ball on her butt!
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Meerkat-Gal Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
You're welcome! :D
THE CUTENESS CANNOT BE CONTAINED <3
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a blind meerkat. :3 Strangely enough, I have one with a stubby tail too xD
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Simply-Jax Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
This must be their love child then. :P
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PancakeShiners Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol xD
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