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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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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  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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
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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!
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