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Moment of Clarity by pallanoph Moment of Clarity by pallanoph
This "painting" actually depicts how I feel about said painting at this moment. (I'm having technical difficulties involving software at the moment, and have been driving everyone mad with it since it started up 2 days ago. You poor souls, I don't deserve your patience!) Hopefully, I can find a way to beat the Photoshop/Wacom tablet union into a peaceful and reliable one. If not, there just won't be anymore of this. Like it'll be missed... Fff.

This was a graphite drawing that I wanted to experiment with in Photoshop, much after the manner of this piece: It was also an experiment in the emotional expressions of my pallanoph species: Here we have (the antagonist) Tirlag at his wit's end, realizing the enormity of his losses. He has nothing left to cling to, and is cornered and weak with grief. Nharath and Adelaide, who have him at their mercy, see that he is a mad, pitiable creature, with fear and sadness in his eyes, and fury in his heart. (I promise I will try not to write him as cliched as he sounds... x_x)

Photoshop CS3/graphite, with some marble texture downloaded from CG Textures.

The Usual Disclaimer Statements: Pallanophs are not wolves, (omg y not?11!?) nor are they related to canines of any shape or size. Please don't put him in collections designated for such animals, he won't like the company and it makes us sad when peeps don't read. Reading is the future!!!!

Tirlag, pallanoph species, and art April Schumacher. Do not utilize this in any form, please and thanks.

Yes, I'm still working on commissions. All in due time.
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HopperWulf Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I agree, the eyes and facial expression really convey human like emotion.  
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wlfmoon-arizona Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional
You're pallanoph species is really interesting, and very cool! makes me think of a cross between a baboon and a wolf, even though you say it is not even related. which is all well and good. kudos to you for creating your own species.
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TekeoMiona Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Student Writer
It was this 'n'~
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LedgendaryGnat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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FenrisMau Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Full of character.
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've captured the expression beautifully, well done. *claps* :)

I think your pallanophs are very interesting, I don't know why but their faces look partly human to me. Doesn't make any sense but somehow you've done that.

Also (random side note is random) anyone who thinks they are wolves is blind as well as illiterate.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)

And actually, you are definitely not wrong regarding the human resemblance. It's actually deliberate! Even though I rarely post human faces here, I'm highly influenced by our range of expression, etc. With pallanophs, I wanted something somewhat relatable to humans (eyes, brows, even lips/mouth) but on the face of something far more feral and frightening, and thus, a bit more alien.

People seem to see wolves in almost anything with a long-ish muzzle, four legs, fur, and a tail. :lol: I can't tell if this is more of a primitive tendency (our ability as early humans to detect animals like wolves at a distance was pretty important, I'm sure) or if it's just because this world, especially dA, is oversaturated with wolf art and images. :XD: People here see what they want to see, don't they?
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! ^^

Ah I see, very clever. ;)

I think it's more of the too many wolves situation. :/ Which is sad really. I also know some people who only like wolf drawings. I think it's to the point where anything even remotely resembling a wolf is labelled a wolf by any wolf lovers. I showed someone a picture of an African Wild Dog (which, as I'm sure you know, barely resemble wolves) once and they said 'Omg LOL the woof is smiling!!1!' :icondeathstareplz: Someone also thought that a lizard creature I was drawing was a wolf.. honestly.
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rhenna Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing detail on his fur and I love the eyes. I think one of the reason people might be going 'oh look a werewolf!' is because hollywood has made werewolves go in pretty much every direction, in most movies and shows they don't even look like wolves at all in my opinion. I personally think I see a little camel in his nose/nostrils but he's definitely not truly like anything I've seen. Once again, amazing, I look forward to seeing more of your pictures :)
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Domyr Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
gorgeous! you can really tell all the emotions going through him just from that expression and body language
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Azuris Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think these are still one of the most awesome character species ever created :love:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this, the colors, Tirlag's expression, the fur, everything! :faint: One day I'm going to die because I can't handle the awesome-ness of your pallanophs anymore, I just know it. :XD: Each new submission makes me fall in love again.

And on the wolf thing, you already have a comparison in your gallery which you could link: [link] :D Although the hardcore fans probably might not take it too well, when I think about it...
But I'd enjoy a formal comparison as well, if you actually ever do it.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thankies! :hug: They've come a very long way, especially anatomically, so I'm glad people can appreciate them through all of the changes. :)

Ahahaha, I do, I do! I have a couple of rough sketches of both species, and I find just how awfully wrong my wolves look... which more or less proves the point that pallanophs aren't much like wolves at all! :giggle: So I'm sure I'll post the more straightforward comparison at some point in the future, for both amusement and educational purposes. :lol:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, I can! I loved the huge ears of the earlier designs, but the smaller ones are more believable. I have that... "problem" with my Qualats as well, but I still can't part with the big ears.

Hmm, when I think about it, some of the sparkle wolf designs look rather funky anatomy-wise, so it's probably not so different for some people to think Pallanophs might be canines. :o But anatomy differences can be subtle, and if you haven't trained your eyes it can be difficult.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The ear size on pallanophs tend to co-relate to where they live, climate wise: Those in warmer climates will keep the larger, rounded ears, and those in colder climates (everyone in my novel :lol:) keep the short pointed ears. My aesthetics changed over time for some of the pallanoph types, and these shorter ears give them a more aggressive look. Though Nharath's ears have always seemed a wee bit larger than everyone else's. (*shrug!* Better than they were. He could fly with them. :XD:)

I love the large ears on the Qualats, though. They make them all the more expressive. :D

That must be it! Sparkle wolves never look like actual wolves; I've always seen them as contorted designer dogs with weird dye jobs. There is some crazy weird anatomy going on all around dA. Eeks! :noes:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes, and I forgot I love the teeth as well! I never really noticed they have flat front teeth. It looks amazing. :giggle:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That they do! I don't know how many have actually noticed that. I figured it'd be a useful addition to their occasional omnivorous tendencies. They'll never say no to tender yummy plant bits... and they're more than fond of berries and mushrooms, etc. Also, I figured speech may be a bit easier with the flattened incisors. (Just a theory, I've no idea if that helps.) Oddly, they also have about as many teeth as we do: I can't seem to fit any more than 32 in their mouth. :giggle:
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elektroyu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, that's awesome! As for the diet I think dentition is quite flexible in it's use in general (when I look at my dog biting a small bit off an apple with his incisors... :lol:). But it really may help lots with the speech, I can imagine they'd produce some funny sounds with round incisors.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep! Less jagged surface for the tongue up front would be nice if you plan on talking. At least, I hope so. :giggle:

I have a heck of a time fitting some solid little molars in the back of their jaw, though. Like human molars, but a bit sharper. Eh, I'll figure it out eventually. :p
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Seaff Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
O_O What an awesome illustration!
It reminds me of old coloured ink work... I hope I described that correctly. Either way, I wouldn't have guessed it was digital at all, it has a lot of textural quality. The emotion in this piece is just perfect, especially with those dark clouds brewing.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Like works involving pen with watercolor? I think I see what you mean here. And I like more antique styles of illustration, so that all makes sense. :D

Thankies! :hug:
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near000 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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Ala-Rai Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Fantastic facial expression, especially in the eyes.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I always find eyes to be the most difficult part. :)
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
To me, he's clearly terrified. The posture of his head- thrust forward and down- and the eyes and ears are great body language.

That nose and mouth looks like it hurts :( OW
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, finally I am getting an expression right! :D I can never seem to draw rage properly, though; it's always interpreted as fear. Oh well, more practice!
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Zarel Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Before looking at any comments/posts, the first caption my mind came up with was: The pallanoph looks out into the mists, and as it turns its gaze to meet yours, the apprehension hits you like a fallen tree, both in its expression and in the telepathic pang of pure, unmoderated fear. "Are you sure this is the right course of action? All I see out there is our likely demise..."
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
IT WOULD BE MISSED. :<
I'd think people would jump to llamas before wolves but... then again, this IS deviantART :giggle:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol! They honestly have a more hyena look about the skull to them these days. I wanted a broader face and stronger jaws. All the better to munch with! :lol:
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
DAMN that is gorgeous!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Why thankies! :hug:
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lyssaLuv Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This is so lovely! I fell in love with Pallanoph's as soon as I saw them and I love that you've put so much care into this species and story! I love seeing these updates in my DA, I'm always waiting for more! :P Can't wait to read the book one day! Keep it up and don't ever get discouraged!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, dear. :aww: With luck and hard work, it'll all come together someday. :)
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RazorClawFalcon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
so is the Beast for Beauty and thte Beast one?
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wyrd66 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Argh I love how you paint. Tirlag is beautiful even when he's bloody and despairing.

Are you still taking commissions, or are you totally swamped? :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, dear! :hug: He is rather lovely, and in need of a reference so I can keep his appearance and coloration consistent. Someday, that is, when I can organize my time better. :lol:

Just taking the sketch commissions still, so I'm open for those. I dare not take anything larger before I start finishing some off. :)
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Montieze Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I simply love it. It is absolutely amazing!
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing!!
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
"Consult your anatomy books, for the love of muffins!"

I feel your pain. Wolf this wolf that... I'm about to hunt them to extinction.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I've had moments where I'd wanted to erase the glorified oh so overrated version of the wolf from our collective unconscious. For all the good that would do! :lol:

I don't even have to leave my corner of the internet to find "wolves." They won't leave ME alone. So now I carry a rolled up newspaper for disciplinary reasons wherever misidentification of pallanophs is an issue.

I wonder if the drag and drop faving feature is the reason people are mistaken. They're only glimpsing the painting, and are likely only seeing what they want to see (ie. WOLVES.) :noes:
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Ah, same here.

Interesting thought on the drag and drop feature. Somewhat sad too, as those people aren't appreciating art by taking time to look at it.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very sad indeed! Nobody takes time to do anything anymore. We're catering to a generation who doesn't understand patience, who demand things in an instant. :no: And most people can't be bothered to figure things out for themselves, it would seem to me. :( (Ack, I just made myself have a sad.)
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Noo, have a happy! :D

I laugh at people who can't figure things out for themselves.
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dwuff Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
PS, Excellent work as always. :meow:
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful; I really love how you maintain some of the original traditional qualities even after adding the digital coloring.

Though I have to say, the fur hairs in the middle forehead remind me of a wolf. Is this a wolf or some kind of werewolf?

;P Entirely joking on that last part; I love the anatomy of your Pallanophs though.

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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahaha! You're alright... :D I like a sense of humor.

Someday I'll be forced to put up a comparative reference showing pallanophs and wolves side by side. Then I could link to it each time someone asked. It might save me time in the long run, and it'd prove my point: my wolf drawings are dismal. :XD:
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Haha, good to hear; I was half afraid you'd take my seriously and shoo me away!

That may be a good idea, if it keeps up. I can picture some of the pallanophs being quite taken aback at being called a wolf~
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nawww. I have an ear for sarcasm and humor, even if I'm not great at using them myself. :D I appreciate any sort of laugh I can get!

Yes indeed, they would! :lol:
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dwuff Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Pallanophs are not wolves, (is everything a wolf to some of you?) they are not "werewolves," nor are they related to canines of any shape or size. Do not even go there. :lol: I had to laugh. Hopefully that will get sorted out with time. Though I wouldn't hold my breath. :B TEH INTERWEBZ
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