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Pegasus surface anatomy study by pallanoph Pegasus surface anatomy study by pallanoph
Final edit:

My apologies for harassing you all further, but I thought some of you might like to know that I have posted the final version of this. This does not mean that this particular design has been finalized, and I'm sure there will be future developments. Thank you for your comments and tolerance, you've all been very kind. :aww:

Another upload of my progress, for those of you who may be interested. Granted, there is much more to revise still (size of wing muscles, finishing wing feathers, making the mouth bigger still, but a lot has gone on here.

Can't spot the differences? Here:
1. crest feathers are now similar to a cockatoo's in their alignment
2.wing feathers are sleeker/harder and more suited to a wing (many thanks to ~feral-fowl for pointing this out to me! :hug:)
3. head has been shrank some, the eye has been enlarged (as much as the disintegrating paper will let me, anyway... :giggle:)
4. Side has been altered so that he is in better perspective this time around! Thank goodness!
5. I've added some to his tail
6. His fetlock feathers are thinner and less stiff.

And etc, etc. I had better stop rambling. Really, I'm boring you to tears! :noes: I'll update this again when it is finished. Then I'll move on to another, I'm sure. :nod:


Okay, so I thought I would do more technical tweaking on the design of my pegasus... mostly on the subject of the two scapulae, both equine and avian. I know that this is only a surface study, but believe me when I say that a lot of thought went into this, and what lies beneath. ^^; Yes, it's hard. And I am driven to create something that at least feels more plausible.

Some information that I have already considered in the design of this:
They are mostly carnivorous- less body weight is devoted to the digestive organs/tracts, therefor making the body lighter. The pegasus have appropriate teeth, and the jaw opens wider (trust me on this, please). Also, you will notice a third "toe" on each hoof, equipped with a spur like horn. Like a raptor's talon, if you will. ;)
The large flight muscles attach to the keel-like breastbone. You can see them running along the ribs. That is where they are... and some of the lighter ones attaching over the equine scapula and to the collar bone (right?) This bit is still being worked out. I need better anatomical resources, for sure.
The tail: like a bird's. The tail bone is avian, made sturdy to help lift the rear quarters of the pegasus.
The wings: not only are they incredibly large, but there is a feathered expanse of membrane connecting to the hip to provide additional lift. Also, the wings are attached just behind the equine scapula, closer to the center of balance, no? :D

Feathered mane/crest is making his head look bigger than it is, if you find that to be bothering you. Also, he's turning his head slightly to look at us. I know, I'm ruining this with my comments.

Large sketch is still in progress... 14x17 sketchbook is still TOO DAMN SMALL. There, I said it. :XD: I'm too afraid to do sketches on nicer (and larger) paper, so I'm confined to sketchbooks.

Questions, comments, critiques, and other feedback is welcome and appreciated. So let me know your thoughts, good people!
This design is, to my knowledge, copyright to myself, April Schumacher. So there. :XD:

I know, I know... TEXT WALL! :giggle:
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The first thing about this piece that strikes me is the melding of bird and equine anatomy. Often, meshings of these two species result in disaster, with the equine parts looking too thin, and feathers in all the wrong places. (Wrong here having the meaning of ridiculous and physics-defying.) However, Ms. Schumacher has done her homework here, paying attention to line and shading in regards to the torso and limbs. The wings are a respectable size, not too small to be plausible. But it is in the details that this piece really shines. The muzzle/beak is amazing - an addition that I would not have considered in a work of my own. Also, the feather mane is marvelous. Truly, this artist is educated and talented. I hope to see many more pieces.
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Fantastic and very anatomically correct, this version of pegasi looks like it could very well be a plausible creature instead of just myth. The frame appears light yet very well muscled, denoting quite a powerful animal indeed.
The shoulders look wonderfully sized to give this pegasi the power to take off and the feathered tail is a wonderful addition that would also allow for more balance and maneuverability in midair.
The fused face structure of avian and equine is perfect and I also note, and love, how this creature still appears to have teeth (rather sharp ones at that) hinting to it possibly being carnivorous.
All and all stunning and very refreshing!
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Mekinacic Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
JaqErant92 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love this pegasus! Fantastic work and great creativity. The only issue I'm having is how light it is, like the drawing was either lightly sketched or the picture was whited-out through scanning or camera flash.  Still a great work of fantasy art though. :)
blackstar707 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The amount of detail is breathtaking!
ElleDatura Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like air and power made into a shape. I love the idea of this, making a mythical creature a plausible one and you've done it very well.
Tharshinaa Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I dunno why but I found the comment about the disintegrating paper to be hilarious! It's really, really... magical. This is more than just your average Pegasus. I love the hooves, the soft pencil shading, especially that - it gives the whole drawing an incredibly ethereal and fantastical feeling. =) Plus, you got the anatomy spot on. Can't even imagine the amount of hours you clocked in on this one.
Pois-et-Dentelles Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This must be the best interpretation of a pegasus that I have seen until now! It's beautiful and quite inspiring! =D
Tengokunoshi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! This is magnificent!! :D I love all the feathery details!
Jaumbz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
mrsmyrnin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
this is amazing, i love that you have not given the pegasus a typical horse look. it is beautiful . you have a lot of skill! i love it :3
SwanFeathers Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
definately the most impresive version of this myth I've seen. very nice work!
Mashury Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Student Artist
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This drawing of Pegasus is so very beautiful. Such gorgeous detailing.

Truly love your artistic take of this mythological beast. I find your thoughtfully balanced melding of both bird and equine anatomy in this creature to be so very fascinating, to say the very least. :)
Cattinara Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
This is hands down the most amazing drawing of a pegasus I have ever seen. It's so detailed and definitely more plausible and believable. I LOVE it. Very nicely done!
BrylanStewart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Thats just Brilliant
Arthur20 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your horses are wonderful. However, this is one of my favorite creatures that really inspired me since the first time I saw her. I'm trying to improve my modeling and I decided that this would be my first challenge: model your pegasus, if you let me. Then, when it's ready, I'll put in my gallery as a tribute to your work. I'm your fan!
DareDevine Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist
love the detail and intensity in its face. amazing!
Kesheik Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love the way you mixed the species and created a perfectly blended yet unique animal! I'd LOVE to see your take on a traditional unicorn, you know, cloven hooves, tail of a lion, deer-like anatomy, etc. You have got SKILL!
BendustKas Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Never seen a pegasus look equally avian and equine!
Haya-Masa-Chan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
That's really good!
SimplementeSuu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very beautiful
jerica128 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE this, the anatomy and bird details are really great :D
Leyla23 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
such a soft lines *o*
Love those feathers <3
Christa-S-Nelson Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
incredible. i love this concept of a pegasus.
Fyrefoot Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing! A very different perspective than the usual winged horse theory. I love it!
Irida-Iris Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ImDoomed Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
now thtat's a true pegasus
Funkykitsune Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
A mane of crest feathers! I wouldn't have thought of something like that in a thousand years!
This is an awesome Pegasus!
11mugsy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
OKAY! this is a great pegasus! i dont see how anybody can criticize this piece! i have never seen the "meshing" of these two species (horse and bird) done so flawlessly! this piece inspires me to do work of my own relating to this. of course i could never do it justice because this is an AMAZING piece of work. great job and keep it up!
UntamedAngelus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
This is quite the unique piece, i must say teh muscle structure remind me one of Devinci as he exaderated on what he saw or invented. I do applause this piece as it seems as thoug this creature once existed through the reality of how the piece stand out to be.
x-eclipse13-x Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i really like this. makes one think hmmm... could a meat eating pegasus really work, then you look at it and say yes... yes it could anyways great concept i especially like the dew-claws if thats what its called on a pegasi.... as a whole great work!!!
CheshFire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010   General Artist
I've never seen a pegasus depicted like this before. Its stunning.
D3lgiiA Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
He is original and beautiful !
kimmyh99 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
this is AMAZING! :D omg this is so good ^^ i am in love its very unique, because the face doesnt look like an ordinary horse, and i love the hooves, your talented for sure!
SeeMeFree Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010   Writer
That is discustingly awsome! You deserve a pepsi! :pepsi:
haha, either way, I love the detail and how realistic the coat and feathers are! Cudos to you my friend!
IgnisDrakos Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student Filmographer
such an amazing job
Prad0 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Fantástico!!! Está de parabéns!
KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student General Artist
They remind me of Cuckoos. I love Cuckoos.... Actually I love birds. XD Even when I had chickens I loved them. ^^ So is the body itself suppose to be covered in feathers? Or is it something else?
Kynamh Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's actually damn near a hippogriff except none of the feet are taloned.
devils-horizon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
So freakin' awesome!! :D Lovely piece of artwork! :+favlove:
izzzze Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
nicee detail .
yuki6vampire Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
The ting is a boy I can tell^^
orochimaru000 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
wow.....i love it!!!!
lilblueaussiegirl Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
The details on the feathers are breathtaking.
Hannah-Vee Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
perfect :heart: .. love Your gallery .. so much!
TrixieRyuu Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
oh my
Lionsong Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your gorgeous art has been featured! [link] :heart:
ikang-13071992 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2010
that's really awesome..good job!
altera15 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2010
The wings are amazing. I love how you made the Pegasus look very evil. I would never had thought of it myself.
Solyarise Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Ваши пегасы и единороги - самые красивые из всех, которые мне приходилось видеть!
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