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Aequis: Pluto by pallanoph
Aequis: Pluto
I hadn't intended on doing another impromptu Aequis design outside of the usual batches, but after seeing new images of Pluto I really couldn't resist.

The influence is a bit subtle, but I included the endearing white heart mark on this little guy's chest. Like our distant neighbor, this one is quite small! Temperate types are especially at home in large trees, leaping, gliding, and flying between perches. Their toes are especially nimble, and the outer two can rotate backwards for additional grip.

These pieces do not seem to scan all that well on black paper, (between that and an unfamiliar monitor using VGA, ugh!) so it does look quite a bit better in person. 

I'm selling both design and original art for $55 USD, domestic shipping included, +$10 for international. Piece measures
7 x 10".

Comment to claim! Payments made via Paypal only. Once claimed, I ask that payments be made within 48 hours of me notifying you.

Other available designs:…

Aequis and art (C) April Schumacher. 
Pursuit by pallanoph
Contrary to popular belief, I very rarely get to draw pallanophs anymore: pretty much the only time I've allotted for them is on my train commute home. 

Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils with a bit of Caran d'Ache in the Moleskine, and one partial glass of water I upended onto the right hand side. The unintentional soaking made a neat texture, so I kept it.

Forced experimentation for the win? If the tones/color look odd, it's because I'm on a borrowed laptop and I'm not fond of the way color appears on this monitor. (The one thing I truly miss from my old macbook was its display. Mmmm.) 

Pallanophs and art (c) April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize, re-purpose, claim copyright, etc, please and thank you!
Aequis: Design sale batch 2 CLAIMED by pallanoph
Aequis: Design sale batch 2 CLAIMED
That's right, I've finally gotten around to finishing up three Aequis for round 2! As with the last round, prices include original art (full reference sheet with details and description) and domestic shipping. Add $5-8 USD for international shipping. Owners of these designs get to determine the personality, sex, etc. of their Aequis. 

Rules: comment to claim! Once claim is made, send payment within 48 hours via Paypal. No points accepted.

#1: A tropical forest type, this Aequis is special because of hypermelanistic pigmentation: inky black color with dazzling iridescence! (Atypical pigmentation: rare!) On the smaller side, but swift and nimble, this type is meant for ambushing its meals and moving quickly through dense foliage. They're no distance flyer, but they know their way around trees! Price: $85 USD CLAIMED! Additional notes: This type has breeding plumage: depending on the sex (dimorphism), the tail covert feathers elongate even further, becoming wire tipped in males and flag tipped in females.

#2: A temperate islander with what appears to be something akin to leucism: all melanin is absent, leaving plumage that is mostly white with light cream and rusty yellow/orange feathers reminiscent of standard coloring. (Atypical pigmentation: uncommon!) Because of this, they're a bit sensitive to very bright sun. They likely fly on overcast days/live in a foggier island habitat.  This Aequis is sleek and lanky, even for an island type. Price: $70 USD CLAIMED!

#3. A southern islander in a crisp steel grey color scheme, with sharp black and white accents. This individual has a long, impressive crest to compliment their forked tail. Like all islanders, this Aequis excels at cutting through ocean winds with speed and minimal effort. Price: $60 USD. CLAIMED!

Mountan type Aequis design still up for grabs!…

All art for these reference sheets are done with watercolors, watercolor/colored pencils, and sepia ink on Stonehenge paper, 9 x 12 inches. 

Aequis, art, and designs copyright April Schumacher. Thanks for looking!
Aequis design: Miel by pallanoph
Aequis design: Miel
First things first: I have accidentally destroyed my current laptop, and while I search for a replacement, uploads will be... weird. So, sorry about that! 

This Aequis came about entirely on accident, she actually started as a color study to test out my new black paper sketchbook. However, she evolved into something quite pretty, so I will be offering her for sale. Price includes the original art and domestic shipping only, +$5-8 USD international.

Type: mountain Aequis. Overall eagle-like in appearance, large! 14 hh at withers, and a 28 foot wingspan.

Price is set at $55 USD, (lowered!) which includes original art and domestic shipping. Paypal only! Comment to claim, and have funds sent to me within 48 hours of claim. 

Aequis designs are currently only available through me! Custom designs start at $85 (now open) and I will be introducing designs at different price tiers in the (hopefully) near future.

Caran d'Ache colored pencils on Strathmore black field paper, 6x9 inches. Thanks for looking!

Aequis species, art, and design copyright April Schumacher.

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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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Found a cool bird you might like to integrate into an Aequis!…
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artofwfa Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy belated birthing day!
CobaltSkye Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! I hope it's a day filled with wonderful fun :D
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :la:
Saimain Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday!  :heart::hug::heart:
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