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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
Unfit to Rule by pallanoph
Unfit to Rule
Some older art of a pallanoph coup from last year's sketchbook, why not? I have since acquired better, darker pencils, so perhaps this is already due for a revisit.

Pallanophs react particularly strongly when lied to, especially when the lies come from an individual they have chosen to serve them. It's best not to seek to serve your people in a position of leadership if you have a dishonest streak, to say the least. (Still working on the broad range of pallanoph societies, what a headache...)

Graphite (Monolith watersoluble graphite, I think it was) in the Moleskine. (Which doesn't like water based media, FYI, I just don't care is all.)

Pallanophs, art, etc. © April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize (trace, alter, heavily reference, etc.), claim copyright (repost as yours, remove watermark, etc.) use for profit, etc. Please and thank you!
Custom Aequis: Harris's Hawk by pallanoph
Custom Aequis: Harris's Hawk
Custom Aequis design for lady-tempest on Tumblr! This fellow is mostly grasslander with some desert type traits, namely in the long broad wings and large tail. He still maintains the long legs, double crest, and bristly beard (as well as bold markings) that are hallmarks of the grasslander Aequis. This one was a joy to work on, as well: I've loved all the custom concepts I've been able to work on so far. :heart:

Winsor and Newton artist watercolors, Caran d’Ache colored pencils (Supracolor and Pablo lines), with touches of W&N gouache here and there. Ink renderings in Daler Rowney FW sepia acrylic ink using my brand new G nib, captions done with sepia Copic multiliner. Paper is Arches hot press watercolor paper, 140 lb. Size approx 11x14″ (27.9 x 35.5 cm)

Custom Aequis designs are open for foreseeable future (2 are currently in queue) and start at $90 USD. I will be increasing the price soon to match the time spent on them.

Aequis species, design, and art (C) April Schumacher. Character (C) lady-tempest.


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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DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday~ :la:
Jalieu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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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Happy birthday!
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