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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 Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elidaere.
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esil-aisa-96 Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
:O :O :O :O :O :O :O i love it!!!!!!! :O :O :O :O :O :O
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Psyartista9 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?
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pallanoph 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
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Psyartista9 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!
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pallanoph 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:
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Psyartista9 Aug 4, 2010  Student General Artist
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Clearer? Aren't brain-storms supposed to be good things.
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MissPaperJoker 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
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aww he looks so amazing :) I love the feathers :D
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:iconlancermoo:
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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