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Unwavering Gaze by pallanoph Unwavering Gaze by pallanoph
I refer to these beasts quite humorously as my "Winged Horse Aberrations." They may have started out as just that, but have acquired a style all their own. As such, they are in need of a proper species name, and as of today I still haven't had any luck in thinking up one. :XD: Go figure. For those of you unfamiliar with this charming face, you can find the original version here:

Most of my frontal view sketches of these creatures left something to be desired, so when this finally occurred one day while taking a breather I was quite pleased. (How long will that feeling last, I wonder?) The eyes seem better placed (forward facing) and larger, as vision is their keenest sense. Also, I've received comments on that "beak," which is not a beak at all but a flexible, pointed lip. This helps in making the face sleekly aerodynamic. (Plus, it's awesome. :lol:)

Of course, I've yet to properly integrate their body feathers into their anatomy, as feathers are the most drastically altering of all body covers. (Ever seen a bird without feathers? Exactly.) Once I have that down, these creatures should be looking considerably smoother. :)

Naturally, if you have any comments, suggestions, critiques, etc., I'd be more than happy to hear them! :D

Graphite sketch tinted in Photoshop, 5x11"

Species © April Schumacher
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Lostaesion Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
esil-aisa-96 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:O :O :O :O :O :O :O i love it!!!!!!! :O :O :O :O :O :O
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student General Artist
:clap: Lovely! Mystically intense. :iconbigeyesplz:

I've pondered a species name for your concept for about 20 seconds but I came up with 'Equavian' (equine + avian) ... what do you think?
pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

Hmm! I'd thought of something similar at some point, but then became distracted and dropped it. I think I may have to tweak around with that word combo and see if I can come up with something along those lines. :nod: :D
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student General Artist
:clap: That's cool. I hope you don't feel that I've pushed the name upon you ... I'd love to see what you come up with!
pallanoph Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No worries! I just need to do more thinking on it when my head feels a bit clearer. :nod:
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Student General Artist

Clearer? Aren't brain-storms supposed to be good things.
MissPaperJoker Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Somehow I thought of a thestral (out of Harry Potter) when I saw this.
Anyway, I really like the design. His features are amazing. The mouth (what´s the correct word for that in english for a horse thing?XD) is really cool like this and his gaze kinda scares me o.ô
JEAikman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww he looks so amazing :) I love the feathers :D
LancerMoo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
Why is everything you do so awesome ;D

The narrow, streamlined head, the triangular snout tipped with just that subtle hint of a "beak", ears standing tall and alert, and enlarged, hawk-like eyes really provide a great sense of this creature's demeanor. It looks so fierce, wild, and free - and yet, somehow intelligent and proud, almost like it doesn't think very highly of you. Like it's looking you right in the eye, raising it's crest as if to issue a challenge, saying: "Come closer, if you dare..."

You know, I really think that's what I love so much about your designs. They're so obviously alien, yet at the same time, there's a great amount of subtlety and... "restraint"? inherent in the design choices you make. I really envy that, haha. D:
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