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The various contents of my mind... here for you to rifle through. Critiques and feedback would be appreciated on newer works.

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The Lay of the Land by pallanoph
The Lay of the Land
Yet another Inktober installment, I promise commissions are still very much in progress!

Ballpoint (and touches of white gel pen) in my travelling Moleskine sketchbook, this is a portrait of my "winged horse beasties," now tentatively called the Aequis. I don't usually do much with framing in terms of composition, so I took a stab at that here, using the wing feathers to draw attention to that intense face. Still trying to make better use of lighting. (I should get better at finding photos with lighting situations I want to reference. Most of this is just coming from my head.)

Oh! I should note that he/she is not flying, but standing on an unseen mountain ledge. Hence the pose. :XD:

Art and aequis concept © April Schumacher. Please don't plagiarize, redistribute, claim copyright, or use for profit, thank you! If you'd like to share on tumblr, I'd appreciate reblogs from my original post:…
Smoke and Ruin by pallanoph
Smoke and Ruin
More Inktober, more monochromatic drawings, more pallanophs. A drawing of my character Mirthond in ballpoint pen.

Mirthond gets to pick up a fair amount of mess left by others in her role in the story, and though she is a formidable force, she still struggles to pick up the pieces of her life following certain recent traumatic events while fighting to regain control over her tribe. I'm still fleshing out her character and her connection to others, but so far I like where she is headed. :D

If you wish to share this on tumblr, I would much appreciate it if you would reblog from my original post:…

Pallanophs, art, etc. © April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize (this includes tracing with/without minor edits, heavily referencing without permission, recoloring, reusing design, etc.), claim copyright, use for profit, or redistribute. ALSO: This is deeply personal art, so please, do not go out and get this tattooed on yourself or distribute it as flash art. Getting a tattoo of someone else's personal character you know nothing about is pretty awkward. (Please, even if you mean to flatter me, it makes me feel all sorts of weird, so don't even ask me.)

Sometimes I feel these things just need to be said, and often. To those of you who read the descriptions here, thank you for restoring my faith in humanity. :XD: (Usually these descriptions are for newcomers/entitled kids/people who don't know any better.)
Golden Horse by pallanoph
Golden Horse
More commonly known as the Akhal-Teke, national emblem of Turkmenistan.

I'd been meaning to draw one of these incredible horses in a more final form for many many MANY years now, and let's hope this Inktober snippet is the beginning of many more. She is a bit exaggerated (haha!) and has a bit more mane than most Tekes, but... still had fun. :)

If you'd like a print of this, or other merchandise, visit my Society6!…

Yes! Everything is mostly monochromatic because it's Inktober! Everything is ink. Ink is love. Ink is life. This happens to be Daler-Rowney acrylic sepia ink on stonehenge paper. 

Art © April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize, repurpose, claim copyright, or use for profit, thank you!
Loon: Star of the North by pallanoph
Loon: Star of the North
If I want to spam you with inktober and birds, I will spam you with inktober and birds. And if you don't like it... You know where to go. :mwahaha:

Loons are one of my favorite birds, despite me rarely seeing them. They live too far north, and I don't get to go camping in remote areas like I would prefer. Still, hearing them call at night is simply awe inspiring.

And if I needed another excuse, they're Minnesota's state bird. 

India inks on bristol, prints available here:… Original for sale, note me if interested!

Art © April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize, repurpose, use for profit, or claim copyright. Thank you!
Iberian Lynx: Drifting by pallanoph
Iberian Lynx: Drifting
Yet another result of the Inktober challenge I'm participating in on my Tumblr. I've been meaning to draw or paint a lynx for so many years, and decided now was as good a time as any.

Iberian Lynx are one of the most endangered cat species in the world, with roughly 200 individuals recorded. Decline has been linked to habitat loss and fragmentation, disease in prey populations (myxamatosis in rabbits in particular) and accidents involving humans (accidental trapping and car fatalities.) With luck, captive breeding efforts will boost this critically endangered species' numbers.

Daler-Rowney sepia acrylic ink on bristol paper. I'll be offering prints on Society 6:… Original for sale, note me if interested.

Art © April Schumacher. Do not plagiarize, repurpose, use for profit, or claim copyright, thank you!

If you want to share this on Tumblr, please do so through my post:… Thank you.
Finally! The last two commissions from my old list are well on their way, and given my funds, I think it's time to re-open commissions!

You can find the new and improved Commission Price Guide here! Commission Price List 2014 by pallanoph

Some things to note: I do not currently take digital commissions, as my computer is not really fit for such an undertaking at this moment. Full paintings have a turn around time of about 2 months, give or take (this will also depend on what else is sharing the plate.) If you have a deadline, please let me know well in advance. I have a list of things I would rather not draw, which you can read here:… If you have any further questions regarding subject matter, please feel free to ask! If I do reject your subject, please don't take it personally. I want to be able to control what I draw, and things that peak my interest always make the best finished works. That said, given the popularity of canine subjects, I will be limiting the amount I take. I do not want to be a canine artist, please understand that. (Besides, there are thousands of canine artists out there willing and happy to take your commission! Go to them!)

Average working size is between 8.5 x 11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm) to 11 x 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56 cm). Larger sizes will cost more, ask for a quote!

I'm still doing payment plans for anything over $100 USD. If this is the case, I require a deposit of $50 minimum up front. Sketches and other bottom tier commissions should be paid in full up front. All pieces aside from sketch commissions will include thumbnail sketches, refined final lines, and color studies (if color is involved) for your approval before the final piece is started. It is important I get your approval before I move to the final piece, as edits in some traditional materials may be hard to make! Good references will make it easier for both of us. 

For anything more involved than a sketch commission, you may want a commission form. I will send it for you to complete, so I can get a better idea of what you want out of your commission. Better idea=quicker work! This will take care of most of my "analysis paralysis." :lol:

You can contact me through notes here, or through email at All payments must be made through paypal! (Absolutely NO points.) I am firm in my prices, these are already bargains!
  • Mood: Dazed
  • Listening to: Boards of Canada
  • Watching: paint dry
  • Playing: the budget game
  • Drinking: room temperature coffee


April Schumacher
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
A freelance illustrator that graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, May 2008. Currently living in St. Paul MN, AKA "Pig's Eye Landing." :B

Interested mainly in book illustration and creature design. Currently fettered by her involvement in personal projects/world development for a novel in progress. Also suffering from "sketch syndrome."

She has also worked with Orion Group Publishers in London, as well as creating promotional works for local musicians.

Artist Rights by taruto Do not use any work in my gallery in any way without my permission. This includes blatant plagiarism in all of its forms, which is not the same as "inspiration." (Please use your own creativity.) If you wish to ask for my permission, please take use of dA's convenient note system as opposed to posting on my profile page. Please and thank you. :thanks:

:icondonotuseplz::iconmyartplz: All art contained within this gallery is to me, April Schumacher. All rights reserved.

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