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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
Elidaere.
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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
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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?
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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
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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!
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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:
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner 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 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
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aww he looks so amazing :) I love the feathers :D
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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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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
*shuffles feet and looks embarrassed* :blushes: :lol:

And I think you've spot on nailed exactly what I was hoping to convey! :dance: It's a very superior sort of glance, I know I wouldn't be one to look such a beast in the eye! :fear:

I'm glad to hear that, too! :D I had my wild and crazy design days in years past until I decided it wasn't quite my thing.

And thank you!!! :hug:
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Saimain Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Beautiful eyes! Very haunting. ^__^;
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, dear! :hug: The eyes do sort of frighten me, hehe. :giggle:
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Yu-Ominae666 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's amazing :heart:
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dwuff Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
Loving it, I think you could work these into a story!
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VeneSinine Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome ;o
I love it.
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Shirisaya Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it can see into my soul...which is why this is a great drawing
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rostridge Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful concept and execution! It has a very Wayne Barlowe feel.
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irunwithwolves Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
woa! thats so neat! i like the idea of horse and bird combind instead of just a horse with wings like a pegasus... it kind of reminds me of a Thestral from harry potter because of the almost skelatal appearance in the profile sketch... very good :D
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
EPIC.

But, given I know a good amount about bird structures, perhaps you want to research what eagles and such look like from the front. This looks too mammal-like, meaning human or primate or dog, and less like a flying creature.
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'd suggest checking out her other picture, which is linked in thumbnail form in the description. It gives a much better sense of the creature as an avian type.
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whisperinghearts Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I did. I do find that it looks like a flying creature from both this image and the full-body side image.

I just know that our wonderful :iconpallanoph: enjoys critiques about anatomy, so I was obliging.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, wow, that looks nice in the front view! I suppose it was hard for me to tell that the eyes are forward-facing in the profile drawing, but now it's so obvious!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray! :dance: I still wonder if the brows should be a bit lower over the eyes or that some of the angles should be adjusted, but it is getting somewhere. :D
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It'll look even more spectacular when you get all of your adjustments done!
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Gah, these are cool creatures. ^^
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YOB Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :D but it would make me grin if i saw him doing a flehmen :XD: with the teeth :la:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahahaha! I have to draw that now... :laughing:
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mollyart2010 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
yes! frontal views are tricky, i wonder why they are so hard.....
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
It's like a predatory equine... Creepy :fear:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It is, more or less. With a good dose of bird thrown in! :lol:
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Hawk, more specifically XD
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AzureInfinity Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Keenan? Might be a good name, I think.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You are one of the only persons I know that can make a species look believable, cuddly, cute, dangerous, trusting, afraid,... I'm not quite sure whether I'd like seeing this one in real life or not, but I tend towards "not". It seems to be a predator of some sorts.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, why thanks very much! :hug: I'm glad that's coming across. :)

I have to confess I'd be afraid of this beast if I were to have to encounter it. It's predatory, all right, but its favorite prey are large ground-dwelling herbivores. I don't reckon it would know what to make of a human, to be honest, though it would certainly be curious.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sounds as if you wouldn't want it to surprise you while picking herbs... I hope it wouldn't be too fast figuring out that humans can be eaten, too. But curiosity can be good and peaceful as well, I guess the first encounter should happen when it's not hungry!
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EternaLegend Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Oh it's so beautiful! :flirty:

I really love your fluffy portrait sketches. <3
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The-Mighty-Charlie Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Oh my gosh!!!!:wow: These totally kick the feathers off of Pegasas!! Beautiful work!!:love:
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Aerodynamic lip :XD: How awesome. Your imagination with this kind of things is just amazing. Although, I think the slightly curved nose doesn't show quite good on this one as it does on the full pic; I'm trying to corner what it is that does make this one look more straight.
It's either the eyes (maybe they're looking a bit too much up, ie. in the other pic the eyes seem to be a bit more deeper in the head and the space over them would be more clearly over them) or just the nostril placement (too close? so the nasal bone looks 'too' straight).
The cheekbones and mouth are executed very well, the mouth goes long enough and the cheeks are quite horse-like, just like in the earlier piece :) The ears could turn straight to front, like horses do. I'm sure this... winged horse has very good hearing abilities.
In all, wonderful work once again and I can't wait too see more of your sketchings!

(But I am kinda disappointed this wasn't the noph-from-front sketch! :cries: )
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Bahaha, I thought that things could be a lot more interesting with that head shape, minus having an actual beak. :XD: I know what you mean about that curved shape not showing up here, too. But I'm trying to think whether or not they should have anywhere between straight/curved profiles, and which might be more functional, if either. *thinks too much*

Baaawwww, thankies, dear! :hug: You're always too kind... :blushes:

(I know, I need to draw that one up still! :noes:)
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
Yes you do. Less thinking, more art :XD:

You're most welcome :heart: :glomp: Your art never stops amazing me :)
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zephyrwolfen Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Absolutely beautiful - I adore those piercing eyes, and the way the feathers blend smoothly wit the rest of the creature is amazing :love::wow:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I love feathers, but there's something about drawing them that sort of stumps me. Too much detail and it's all wrong, too little and no one has any idea of what they're looking at. Still gotta find the happy medium. :lol:

I had a whole lot of fun with the eyes... potentially the best I've drawn yet! :D
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Al-Asparagus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
The most beautiful form of pegasus I never seen :heart:
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StephanieY Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
neat-o :)
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Lykouros Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student General Artist
Cool new creature, I hope you can find a suitable name for them; I somehow didn't realize they don't already have one o_O
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:giggle: Almost every species I own (just a few, I guess) that aren't pallanophs are unnamed. It's pretty dreadful of me! :lol:
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Crickatoo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh, April. I think this is one of my favorites of yours. I'm not entirely sure why. Those eyes are so piercing, yet comforting somehow... like this creature is inviting one to get close and relaxed. And in that sense, I don't know whether to be suspicious or delighted :giggle:.
Feather covering is tricky, especially with flying types with more appendages. It might be fun to do a lot of down feathers, which I'd imagine are easier and fun to draw (fluff!). Or scattered coverts. Or maybe some additional primary and secondary feathers along the limbs :D. Though, with equine anatomy, I'm not sure how that would be particularly useful to flight. Hmm...

I love love love the crest/mane in this species. For that reason I'm inclined to think of a name similar to a Cockatoo. Or if you want something Latin and pretty, Pluma means Feather. For something quite literal, I believe Volaticus means flying... so you could do Hippo-Volaticus :XD:. But Volaticus on it's own sounds pretty epic as well! (If you don't take that name I surely will)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks Ashley! :hug: :blushes: I'm super glad you can see that in those eyes, too! (This is probably one creature I'd find it impossible to make eye contact with, despite how much I'd like to! :giggle:)

It totally is tricky. :nod: I'm thinking of really dense coverts to give a smoother feel, dense enough to sort of smooth the edges and to allow the legs to merge a little better with the body when folded in flight. :) (I wonder if I can even draw that properly!!!) :lol:

Dammmmmnnnn.... "Volaticus" does sound pretty neat. Like a word I can play around with! *starts messing with words* :D
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Horsehuggingdragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
the detail in your graphite sketches is so refreshing!
Just by reading the bits that you've written on this species, i find that i'm falling in love with them :lol: their design is rather intriguing, and i hope to see more and read more about them in the near future!
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