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Aequis: Available Designs and Information

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: Custom slots currently closed. Re-opening in January 2017!

Custom Pricing Details:

As of July 2016, all Aequis designs start at $100 USD.

For hybrid types: Three pricing tiers.

Common hybrids: Perching x perching, ground x ground, habitats overlapping: +$10

Uncommon hybrids: Perching x ground, as long as habitats overlap. Potential deliberate breeding: +$20

Rare/Semi-domestic hybrids: perching x ground, habitats incompatible. +$30

Examples of Aequis hybrid tiers can be found here:…

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


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Dat gallery. :eyes:
Mon Oct 21, 2013, 3:30 PM
Amazing artwork, it's just what I want to make. Just I have yet to learn how to do it :D
Sat Sep 14, 2013, 4:58 AM
You are amazing :D
Wed Mar 13, 2013, 6:08 PM
Ok, I am getting really tired of people not reading descriptions and assuming pallanophs are wolves. Why the hell am I wasting my breath on this? *sigh*
Tue Aug 28, 2012, 9:11 AM
I think I'll have enough for a sketch. :3 Also a song is playing on my Winamp that makes your webcam pic look like he's having a fat party!
Fri May 25, 2012, 2:40 PM
One of the small commissions I've been doing? I've got sketches from $15-25 USD and line art at $25-35.
Wed May 23, 2012, 10:37 PM
dude I could have sworn you had commission info up somewhere. We've sold some of our comics (!:la:) so now I have a tiny bit o' cash for one!
Fri May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM
Pff. Username changes. Thank goodness I picked something decent from the beginning. "Change to capital letters" my ass! I'll keep the "p."
Thu May 17, 2012, 11:35 AM
I stalk you... Like a maniac... Be afraid O_=' Nah! Shit here's awesome! Luv' eet.
Thu Apr 26, 2012, 1:36 AM
Hello, I would like to make a commission of an all black griffin. And if possible, midnight blue eyes. Please get back ti me as soon as you can.
Sat Apr 21, 2012, 12:13 PM
One of these days, I'll speak my mind on the internet. Until then, private ranting with close friends.
Fri Apr 6, 2012, 5:54 PM
Soon! I just have to get organized for the second round of judging. :) I take too long to do things, always. :XD:
Thu Mar 1, 2012, 9:41 PM
So um, contest results anyone?
Thu Mar 1, 2012, 9:16 PM
Sat Sep 10, 2011, 2:07 AM
If I could find my stash of Ibuprofin, I would send some your way...
Wed Aug 17, 2011, 5:04 PM
Hello, everyone. Show your support and please send ibuprofen. :XD:
Thu Aug 4, 2011, 3:17 PM
Hi there! :'D
Fri Jul 15, 2011, 12:15 PM
Oh noes! But this shoutbox DOES need more shouts...
Sat Jun 18, 2011, 1:34 PM
And in case people misunderstood; no, that wasn't directed at April. :roll:
Mon May 23, 2011, 5:18 PM
*Great big howl of pain and disappointment*
Mon May 23, 2011, 5:17 PM



Custom Aequis: Flamingo by pallanoph
Custom Aequis: Flamingo
A fantastically pink wetlander type Aequis based on a flamingo for Pitch-Black-Cobra! It occurred to me just now that I've not shown any wetlander type concepts outside of my tumblr. Well, ta-da!

Yet another Aequis type to have seasonal breeding plumage, the long plumes growing off the secondaries on the wings and the two tail "flags" are shed during non-breeding season. However, those long specialized plumes on either side of the neck are permanent and are often used as lures when fishing for prey. Wetlanders have less rotational mobility in their lower limbs as a result of specialization featuring exaggerated length, but their very long and mobile necks seem to make up for it just fine. Their feet are also more broad and spreading, with the outer toe touching the ground and ending in a more compact nail as opposed to the typical "double dewclaw" sported by most other types. This allows them to better walk around in those squishy homes of theirs.

Materials: Winsor and Newton watercolors, Caran d'Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils, gouache, white gel pen on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb watercolor paper, hot press finish. Lettering was done using a Nikko comic nib and Daler Rowney FW sepia acrylic ink. Approx 11 x 14 inches, 27.94 x 35.56 cm.

Art, Aequis species, and design © April Schumacher ( |
Character © Pitch-Black-Cobra For commissioner's use only!
Aequis: Tropical Terrestrial type debut by pallanoph
Aequis: Tropical Terrestrial type debut
This is the first Aequis of this type that I've offered, and I've based this flashy specimen off the red billed blue magpie. Terrestrial tropical Aequis are ground dwelling hunters that rely on speed to catch small, swift footed prey. They can fly for short distances, and their long tail functions as both rudder and beautiful display to signal to other Aequis, and potentially attract a mate! There is no sexual dimorphism present in this type: males and females are equally dazzling.

This design is up for grabs at $80 USD! This includes a scanned file of the original art, which you can also request to have shipped to you for an additional $5 for domestic (US) or $8 for international. Payments to be made via Paypal, comment to claim! After a claim has been made, I will contact you with my paypal information. At this point, you have 72 hours to make a payment, or your claim will be dismissed and the design will go up for sale once more.

Questions welcome!

Winsor and Newton watercolor, with touches of Caran d'Ache supracolor pencils, gouache, ink, and dabs of white gel pen on Canson Montval watercolor paper. (So dreadful.) 9 x 12", 22.86 x 30.48 cm.
Custom Aequis: Grackle x Osprey by pallanoph
Custom Aequis: Grackle x Osprey
That's right, another custom Aequis design! This one's for khyterra /duckatrice on tumblr! This lovely lady is an uncommon and dazzling hybrid between a temperate islander type and the not-yet-introduced tropical terrestrial type, which lends its long tail feathers and dazzling breeding plumes to the mix. She also has some piebalding thrown in for even MORE flair! She is sparkly, and she knows it!

I'm putting a bit of a hold on the Aequis customs for a couple of months (one slot has already been spoken for) as I work on some pressing projects. After those are finished, I'll start accepting them again! Prices for customs will get another price hike, but considering how much work goes into these sheets, I'd say it's worth it!

Specs: Caran d'Ache supracolor watercolor pencils, Winsor & Newton watercolors, gouache, acrylic ink, and touches of white gel pen on Arches 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, approx. 11x15" (28 x 38 cm.)

Aequis, design, and art © April Schumacher.
Character © khyterra |
Custom Aequis: Violet-Backed Starling by pallanoph
Custom Aequis: Violet-Backed Starling
Hey, you folks know that I have difficulties understanding and using purple, right? Well, I got over it. :D

Custom Aequis for Pitch-Black-Cobra based on a violet-backed starling! She's a hybrid; temperate arboreal traits mostly dominant while inheriting the tropical tail traits. I think she turned out quite lovely!

Winsor and Newton watercolors and Caran d'Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils with touches of gouache on Arches hot press 140 lb watercolor paper, roughly 11x14 inches (28 x 35.5 cm).

Aequis, art, and design © April Schumacher. Character © Pitch-Black-Cobra 
Zurks vs Shirk by pallanoph
Zurks vs Shirk
A fun doodle for an idea I thought up months ago, I finished this as a reward to myself for finishing my taxes last week. :rofl:

Zurks is a hypermelanistic tropical arboreal female Aequis who belongs to Quisum, Shirk is the goofy looking frill-headed islander cross that belongs to me. She's terrifying him for the sheer fun of it, of course. (He probably did something to deserve it, to be honest. :XD: )

Pentel pocket brush pen and Copic multiliners with some detailing done with a white gel pen in my favorite Hahnemuhle sketchbook. (8 x 12 inches, 20.32 x 30.5 cm)

Aequis, Shirk, and art © April Schumacher, Zurks © Quisum

Alright! I thought I would start with some basic information on the Aequis. As of this point in time, Aequis designs can only be purchased from me, or from others reselling designs at a maximum of $5 more than what they originally paid for the design.

When posting art of the designs bought, all you need to do is credit me as the creator of Aequis/design in question and you're good to go. The character is all yours!

Minor edits are fine, so long as the design resembles the original. If you've got any questions on this, feel free to ask!

The age of the character, sex, personality, location, etc. are all up to the buyer.

Someday I might consider doing a multiple design option, if someone would like to have more than one. I'll have to figure out how to approach this. (Some folks might not want their Aequis to be lonely, though they could always socialize with others, ha!)

I am also hoping to add a range of designs in different price tiers, depending on complexity of design, whether or not bases are used to create them, and reference sheets that come with them. All of them will have final art done traditionally and will be eligible for shipping, $5 domestic (US) or $10 international, based on average shipping costs. Otherwise, a high-res file of the original art will be sent to the buyer.

Base tier: Offered in groups (by type, i.e. grassland, arctic, island, forest, etc.) varied bases will be used, designs will be simplified (no time consuming patterns!) These won't have a full ref sheet included with the design, but the original art will be available. Estimated price range: $25-45 USD. Prices subject to change!

Intermediate: unique poses for each design, moderate pattern/color complexity, reference sheet included. Estimated price range: $60-85 USD.

Complex: Highly detailed design, complex/unusual traits/coloration, uniquely posed, full reference sheet. May apply to “semi-domestic” designs. Estimated price range: $95-115+ USD.

Customs: Starting at $85 USD. Reference sheet included, give as many details as you need! More complex requests will cost more. Ask for a quote if interested!

Some other things to consider/basic information:

They can be conditioned to work alongside humans or other beings if they are well cared for and given some freedom and the respect they demand.

Tendency towards social/solitary behavior has a lot to do with subspecies in question. Arctic types form smaller groups/tend towards solitary lifestyle. Grassland/forest types have more access to food and space, so they will be more social and live in larger groups.

Aequis prefer to live in areas with hilly to mountainous terrain. Anything that gives them a good vantage point to observe from/take off makes life easier. Cliffs, bluffs, plateaus, mountains, hills, (giant trees?) will be where they make their nests/found their communities.

They are carnivorous! Under the beaked upper lip are very sharp, almost serrated teeth they use to slice into flesh, swallowing chunks whole. The shorter carnivorous digestive tract allows them to weigh less, and also allows them to make use of more nutrient dense animal proteins. They hunt by striking their prey from above with their hard, sharp hooves, any killing blows that need to be made (if at all) after the attack are delivered with the sharp, curved inner toes, which easily puncture even tough hides. The majority of the meal is eaten on the ground, after which the leftovers are broken up with battering hooves and carried off to other flock members/young.

Aequis are oviparous, and lay clutches from 1-2 eggs at a time, rarely 3-4. (Highly dependent on food levels.) Young take 3-5 years to fledge, and in many circumstances, are looked after by both parents and other members of the flock/community. Young regularly intermingle from an early age.

The average lifespan of an Aequis in the wild is 40-60 years. They may live longer in areas with plenty of food or with other beings providing for them.

They are an intelligent species! Think advanced corvids/primates. They have their own language, and can be taught others, though they may not learn/express these additional languages as well as their own. Many are, however, excellent mimics, and can be convinced to act as messengers. In some cases, an Aequis can accommodate a rider, provided the rider is light and good at holding on. Aequis will only permit those that respect them to ride them. (Pretty much all favors depend on the person being decent to the Aequis and respecting their terms.)

Aequis do not inbreed! Recessive traits are RARELY consistent as a result. Therefore, any odd design quirks that do not regularly occur will be treated as rare.

Subspecies can cross, this is most likely to occur where their ranges overlap.

Semi-domestic types exist with humans or other sentients, but unlike domesticated animals on earth, Aequis do not exist in extreme forms, due to aforementioned taboo of inbreeding. Varying color schemes may arise, or feather types, but overall, no extremes in form, and nothing that would hinder the health, function, and livelihood of the individual. (There is NO breeding for pigment deficiencies, though they sometimes occur on accident.) There will be no brachycephaly, intentional dwarfism, or over-feathering to the point where an animal can't properly fly.

If you really wanted to, you could dye their feathers, I suppose. Though with molting, it'd have to be a repeated task!

If you have a question, feel free to ask it so I can come up with a proper FAQ for them!

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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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Oladara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You have amazing gallery!
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Happy Birthday~ :la:
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Happy birthday! May your rest of the year be happy and successful :heart:
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Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday, April!
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