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Shadow-ref by CavySpirit Shadow-ref by CavySpirit
This is my OC, Shadow. I created her a while ago.. prolly a year or two ago when I created my human OC, Jason.

She's genetically mutated, so no, she's not a panther or anything. She was originally a small, domesticated feline. Her fur color was solid black and she had blue eyes. After she grew into her mutation, she formed three zig-zag stripes on her back, silver tipped tail, silver toes, silver inside her ears, a silver muzzle, and silver patches around both her eyes. Her eyes remained blue, and he nose is a dark pinkish red as well as her paw pads.

I don't want to explain too much about Shadow relating to the story, because that'll give stuff away~ She's Jason's cat, though, and is a good companion just as a dog would be. She's loyal and intelligent and can comprehend human emotion and general human language. She's not too big that she can't maneuver through small spaces uneasily, and she's also not too small that she can get beaten down quickly. She has a higher percentage of muscle mass in ratio to her overall body weight than a domestic feline. She has powerful legs for pouncing and hitting, and more powerful jaws with larger and sharper teeth. Here ears are still slightly pointed rather than rounded like in most larger cats and her sense of smell is slightly enhanced. She also has sharp vision and can detect tiny movements from vibrations in the air with her whiskers and fur. Her tail is longer and becomes increasingly fluffy towards the tip. This helps her better with balance because of her increased weight.

Personality-wise, she's strong and loyal. She loves Jason and protects him to the best of her ability. She was introduced to Jason when he was around 8 years of age and when she was a kitten. [In the present time of the story, Jason is 18, so that'd make Shadow around 10 years, but because of her mutation she's still seemingly young and not old at all]. Although Shadow seems younger than her age says, she's extremely intelligent, wise, and mature. Although, when she's hanging around Jason, she's playful and acts silly.

That's all I'm going to explain :3 Hope you guys enjoy this character! She's one of my favorite animal charries that I made up X3
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shadow-chameleon Jan 21, 2011  Student Writer
Yays for the fluffy that has the same name as me<3
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CavySpirit Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X3 Yayz!!
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shadow-chameleon Jan 21, 2011  Student Writer
Meow. owo
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ICantComplain Jan 21, 2011

Awww, she's super cute. c:

I've never made a reference sheet, but this one looks really cool to me. I like the whole backstory you have made behind her. It definitely puts a lot more character into her. The zigzags/lightning bolts and other gray markings are really cool, too. :)

I like how you know enough about cats, and their anatomy, and all of that, so that you can explain her extra abilities/mutations in great detail.
I do have one question, though:

What type of fur does she have?

Because, judging by the lines, it sort of resembled crimped fur, almost. Or short, curly fur. Like this cat's: [link]
Only not as drastically curly/crimped, obviously. It could just be that I'm used to drawing fur differently, though, and in fact she could have long or short straight hair. I'm not sure, though. That's why I'm asking. XD
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CavySpirit Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
X3 Thanks for the nice comments!

:O oh gosh.. different fur types?? Now I know something new to incorporate into my critters ^^; I just draw fur however I feel like, usually like this in a cartoonish style. Shadow's fur is thick and soft, short and fluffy :3 It gets longer towards the tip of her tail, but overall, she's soft. Like an average domesticated tabby, but she grew much larger because of her mutation :meow:
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ICantComplain Jan 21, 2011

Hey, it's never a problem! :hug:

Yeah, cats (and most furry animals) have different fur types. :) Just like different cat breeds have different patterns on their coats, they also have different fur lengths, textures, and all of that. It's pretty cool. :D

Awww, cool! :D So basically, she is a kitty cat I would much like to hug until she got reaaalllyyy annoyed and tried to claw/bite me?
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CavySpirit Jan 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yus... Only she's a cat, so she'd never get annoyed with getting attention X3 So if anything, she'd annoy YOU if stop petting her :lmao:
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ICantComplain Jan 22, 2011

Oh, haha, okay. :)
My cat gets annoyed really easily if I hug/pet him too much. XD
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Tisserovehicks Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh, that'sa big cat |D
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CavySpirit Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yus... :3 Yus she is X3
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