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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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Hate or Glory
It's been nearly a year since a pallanoph has made an appearance around these parts. Not a good track record, if your username is "pallanoph." :XD:

Nharath, the anti-hero in the forever-in-progress pallanoph novel, has many choices to make on his journey. Whether or not he treads the higher road remains to be seen, and that depends largely on Adelaide, his unlikely human companion. 

2017 needs to be the year I start working on the writing in earnest. If this means I have to close off commissions for a few months this summer, than so be it.

Nharath, pallanophs, and art © April Schumacher. Do not plagiarize, heavily reference, trace, repost without credit/claim copyright/etc. please and thanks.

I'll refrain from the usual disclaimers and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully I won't need to retract that.
Custom Aequis: Smoke and flames
Long overdue (seriously, yikes!) Aequis custom for GrumpyHyena! I was given artistic license for the color and patterning, so I of course defaulted to one of my favorite color palettes: cool and warm greys/charcoal, and fiery oranges and yellows with a nice splash of white. Lots of inspiration from American Redstarts, one of my favorite warblers. I think I may have had a little too much fun designing her, to the point where I wanted to hoard her away. :lol:

This lovely lady is a hybrid of temperate islander and tropical arboreal types, so she likely lives in temperate sub-tropical rainforested islands/coasts. She can hold her own out on the waves, but she had better not stay out too long if she wants to keep those lovely plumes in shape!

Winsor & Newton watercolors, Caran d'Ache Supracolor colored pencils (watercolor), with touches of gouache and white gel pen on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb hot press watercolor paper, approx. 11.5 x 15.5 inches (29.21 x 39.37 cm)

Aequis species/design/art © April Schumacher (me), character © GrumpyHyena.  Custom orders are currently closed until February/March, as I have larger client projects that need finishing by then!
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
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
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
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:
Queue currently closed. PLEASE: If you cannot be patient enough for the average wait time (1-3 months, depending on spot in queue) please do not request a custom. I have no room in my life for impatient people: I have a day job and less than 4 hours a day to work on art, please understand this. Thank you.

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!
  • Listening to: Boards of Canada
  • Watching: X-Files
  • Playing: that game where I attempt adulthood
  • Eating: APPLES.
  • Drinking: spiced apple cider


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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IzaPug Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
yur artwork
always inspiring and astonishing <3
thx for share your talent with the world <3
sticky-pickles1108 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Student General Artist
LordByrun Hey! Are you already watching this artist? I thought you might like their amazing art, mainly because of the bird-species :> 
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Goose-King Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  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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