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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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Astral: lines by pallanoph
Astral: lines
Sketched out my Ren Fair Aldebaran once again to decompress, and though these lines were only meant to be colored guide lines for the gouache or colored pencil final, I liked the effect so much I scanned and uploaded them as they were.

My scanner always hates colored papers, which is too bad because colored papers are my favorite thing!

Colored lead on Strathmore black paper. Art, character, and design are mine, Ren Fairs belong to Hauket !
Custom Aequis: Burchell's Coucal by pallanoph
Custom Aequis: Burchell's Coucal
Number 8 already? (I'll admit I'm surprised!) I've got one more to go in the current queue, and I'll reopen them sometime this January.

This fierce lady is a northern temperate arboreal type, with colors and patterns borrowed from a Burchell's coucal. Look at her fancy stripes. Let them dazzle you! (Painting that barring on the tail coverts was one of the most satisfying things I've done in a little while, I think.)

Winsor & Newton watercolors, Caran d’Ache supracolor pencils, and touches of gouache on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, 11.5 x 15 inches (29.21 x 38.1 cm).

Aequis species, design, and art © April Schumacher. Character © 

Sunny Fleur by pallanoph
Sunny Fleur
I desperately needed something cute, so here she is, sharing her sunshine and flowers, should you need them. She has plenty.

Original design here!… I'll get around to a proper ref of her someday, but for now have this little pencil/digital portrait. She needs to find someone to make her a new backpack, she's not so good at sewing and tends to just use found objects that suit her needs: if it holds seeds/plants/etc, she's going to keep it!

She just really loves plants, big and small. And giving platonic cuddles. And roaming far and wide to check in on all her plant babies.

Caran d'Ache Grafwood pencil sketch with some Photoshop CS6 beneath and on top for color.

Character and art © me, Ren Fair Monsters and design © Hauket
Sigil of the Slain by pallanoph
Sigil of the Slain
An ink commission for BlackGodFish of an osprey with a slit throat, to serve as a symbol/sigil for a slain lord in the novel they are working on. I tried to keep the gore more artistic/less realistic/stylized, but the bird itself seems to have gotten a little carried away!

Higgins non-waterproof sepia calligraphy ink on Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, approx. 9 x 12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm)

As this is commissioned work, please do not use: This includes using the art for tattoos/tracing/heavily referencing without permission or credit, reposting without credit, or using for profit. Thank you!

Art © April Schumacher. 
Yep, that's right! Given the amount of work I'm currently picking through (outside of private commissions,) I've found myself too swamped to complete any additional Aequis customs/other commissions in a reasonable amount of time, so I'm closing all commissions through the new year, unless an emergency pops up.

That said, have some updated prices for custom Aequis orders, as well as two available pre-made designs.

Available Designs:

Aequis: Tropical Terrestrial type debut by pallanoph  Available for $80 USD  Aequis: Pluto by pallanoph Available for $55 USD

Custom Design Status:
3 in queue: still awaiting final payments on two designs.

Custom Pricing Details:

As of July 2016, all Aequis designs start at $100 USD. This base price includes all Aequis non-hybrid types (ie. grasslander, islander, mountain, etc.) with on-type coloration, etc.

For hybrid types: Three pricing tiers.

Common hybrids: Perching x perching, ground x ground, habitats overlapping: +$10 (ex: Mountain x Arctic, temperate islander x southern islander, Grasslander x desert)

Uncommon hybrids: Perching x ground, as long as habitats overlap. Potential deliberate breeding: +$20 (ex: temperate arboreal x Mountain, tropical terrestrial x tropical arboreal)

Rare/Semi-domestic hybrids: perching x ground, habitats incompatible. +$30 (ex: tropical arboreal x desert, wetlands x mountain, etc.)

Examples of Aequis hybrid tiers can be found here:… Eventually I should have a chart for these!

Uncommon traits for all types: Albinism, hypermelanism, piebaldism/leucism, asymmetrical markings. +$5-15 depending on rarity.

Working on comprehensive type guide/accepted color/pattern guidelines when time allows. In the meantime, feel free to note/email me your questions and suggestions! Email is

That said, if there are any suggestions you have for Aequis, feel free to voice it in the comments!
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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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Goose-King Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  New Deviant Student Filmographer
Normally I don't leave comments, however I am knocked off my feet by your artwork and I feel like I have to let you know how much I like your work. 
Skippy66 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your stuff is amazing!! Love them beasties! <3
Nhyra Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Student General Artist
DA removed you from my watchlist!? Absolutely ridiculous - fixed that up right quick!
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Oladara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You have amazing gallery!
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday~ :la:
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