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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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Mucha by pallanoph
A memorial portrait for my giant plakat betta, Mucha, who passed away this September after losing a battle with dropsy, while I was on vacation, no less. I thought he deserved a little portrait, since his "copper" coloration was so beautiful in life. There are others I need to pay tribute to, as well.

Caran d'Ache and Derwent colored pencils on Canson black paper, 5x7".

Art (C) April Schumacher. Please do not use without my permission, thank you.

Nice to have something other than boring mammals in the gallery now and again. Even if you may not agree.
Shirk the Anomaly by pallanoph
Shirk the Anomaly
An inktober piece featuring my Aequis, Shirk, looking like his odd self. I will get back to Aequis designs at some point, I promise! *screaming*

Higgins sepia calligraphy (non waterproof) ink with Daler-Rowney FW acrylic sepia ink for darker areas on Stonehenge paper.

I shouldn't have to say this, but please do not use this personal art in any way, whether it be direct plagiarism (tracing, claiming copyright, etc.) or otherwise. People have been nicking my things for tattoos and, though it would be unlikely anyone would want Shirk's odd head on them permanently, I still feel I need to say please don't. Thank you.

Shirk, art, and all things Aequis (C) April Schumacher.
From Ice by pallanoph
From Ice
You may have noticed I was gone. You may not have noticed, however, that I participated in Inktober on my tumblr:

This was one of many rapid-fire inktober commissions I did, of a snow leopard and crocus. I'm hoping to offer this one up as prints on my Society 6 in the near future, once I can get the time to do some editing/adjustments.

Materials: Daler-Rowney FW liquid acrylic sepia ink (background and linework), Higgins non-waterproof sepia (wash) and dabs of white gel pen/white acrylic ink. Paper is bristol vellum. Size is... can't remember. Small.

Please do not use in ways that could be construed as plagiarism, please and thanks!

Art (C) April Schumacher
South Side of the Sky by pallanoph
South Side of the Sky
Life has been keeping me well away from here, but I thought I'd take a moment to post this all the same.

My Aequis character, Shirk, eyes the storm clouds as they roll in out of the northeast. The setting sun still shines defiantly, beckoning him to fly out on one last flight over the seas ahead of the winds. The front promises dizzying gusts. It's a perfect end to a late summer day.

Sometimes you need to do a color experiment, and what better excuse to create some personal art as a result? I might offer commissions in this style at some point as soon as I resolve pricing. 

Caran d'Ache colored pencils on Strathmore black paper, 7"x 10", 17.8 x 25.4 cm. 

Shirk, Aequis species, and art (C) April Schumacher. Please do not use, alter, post on other sites without credit/links, trace, use for profit, or plagiarize in any way. Thank you!
Rubus idaeus by pallanoph
Rubus idaeus
A personal sketch turned complicated of my pallanoph character, Mirthond, with some red raspberry canes. They're both rather prickly and can be overpowering, but they're generally positive in nature. (At least, so long as you don't pit yourself against her!)

I need to do more explorations with Mirthond's character, as she has the potential to become wonderfully complex. It's up to me to get her there...

Specs: Ballpoint pen in Moleskine sketchbook. Background lightened in Photoshop CS6.

Mirthond, pallanophs, and art (C) April Schumacher. Please do not plagiarize, use for profit, claim copyright, repost to external sites without source, etc. Please and thank you!

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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  • Playing: that game where I attempt adulthood
  • Drinking: ESPRESSO!


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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HaphaxCorvid Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your subtitle 'watches mean nothing'. It is beyond true especially as original art is getting less and less comments than they got just a few years at least. 
*hitches the tumblr bandwagon* one might as well.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The animation is complete! Silvery Glimpse |Comission| by MichelVictor

Give Michel a huge thumbs up!
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Galaxyart7 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is awesome
8agatka9 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are amazing artist ! 
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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