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Ring-tailed Lemurs by WillemSvdMerwe Ring-tailed Lemurs by WillemSvdMerwe
The Ring-tailed Lemur, Lemur catta, is probably the best-known lemur species in the world!  Lemurs only live on and around the island of Madagascar (those on the Comoro islands were probably introduced from there).  They are very diverse today but were even more diverse in the past, before humans reached the island, with some species reaching a bodyweight of perhaps 200 kg/440 lbs!  The ring-tailed lemur reaches about 2.2 kg/5 lbs.  It has long hind legs, raising its characteristic ringed tail high in the air as it walks about on all fours.  These are fairly terrestrial lemurs, spending about a third of their time on the ground.  They inhabit a variety of forest types in the south of the island.  Unfortunately, even this iconic lemur is endangered today!  (Most of the time mothers have single babies, but they can have twins as shown here.)  Watercolour.
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Super cute, I love these guys :D
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Thanks!
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job Clap 
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
Thanks vey much!
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SueMArt Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always a pleasure Heart 
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MYPeanutGallery Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Great art! They look so real!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Thanks very much!
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah, the fur and the eyes look so real here! It's like they could jump out of my screen at any moment, haha! :wow:
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Thanks a lot!  I was worried at a point about how this one was coming out ... but I think I finished it all rightish.
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks great pal!
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3RiiN Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   Traditional Artist
:D Very cute and playful. Another painting well done!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015
Thank you very much!
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SarahharaS1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
AWW, so adorable!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Glad you like it Sarah, thanks!
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SarahharaS1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Very welcome
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HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lovely work ,Willem !
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thank you very much!
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome. I love them!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks, I'm happy about that!
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RodgerHodger Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
VERY nice bit of work!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks a lot!
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RodgerHodger Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
No worries!!
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Zimices Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist
Another great work of you! nice series of the animals of Madagascar ;)
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks!  I'll do some more of them!
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aprimatesblog Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great piece. The expression is spot on and very true to life (even in the infants). The attention to detail is great. It's nice to see the detailed rings in the tail and the scent glands on the wrists. Very beautiful. I love the contrast with the colored background as well.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thank you very much for the appreciation!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nicely done! The colors, the animals, the background - everything. The only thing that comes to me as a suggestion (for future works) is to switch the places, so to speak, of blurred and detailed background. My idea is that the blurred spots would fall behind the animals and thus won't load the space around them, and the details would go where there is no foreground and will thus fill up that space which is otherwise a little empty. But I only say that because I think you appreciate suggestions and really make use of them. This work looks totally awesome.
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks!  I'm still working and experimenting with factors of composition.  We're being taught a bit differently in art class ... leaving areas of the painting deliberately low in detail, and not worry about 'empty spaces'.  But I see where you're coming from as well.  I'll try some new things in upcoming works.
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm.... I see. But never forget that art classes still teach somebody else's preferences and views. What they tell you is their individual opinion. As is mine, of course :) While you keep experimenting, I'm sure you'll find what you, yourself, really like your own art to be.
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lost-nomad07 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow awesome work!
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WillemSvdMerwe Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Thanks!
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