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.
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.
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!
Graphite sketch tinted in Photoshop, 5x11"
Species © April Schumacher