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You Dared? by pallanoph You Dared? by pallanoph
"A hellhound?" The huge beast's face seemed to writhe in the orange glow of the lantern. Adelaide cringed at her mistake, and with a stab of panic she saw her unstrung bow and quiver beneath his forepaw. "I am no slobbering, softheaded bawling hound, girl, do you see that now?" Adelaide didn't hesitate to nod.

A little scene from the novel in progress (which means it's nowhere near finished, so don't ask) where Nharath regains consciousness after being rescued by Adelaide from a hunter's arrow. Pallanophs from the Nehrannon tribe are known to humans as "hellhounds," since this particular type of pallanoph is, simply put, mean and proud. They'll take whatever they can get their teeth and paws on, and rarely hesitate to take out any humans that may get in their way.

Poor Adelaide, however, feels compelled to help him through his grave injury, and is nearly scared to death for her troubles. However, even a pallanoph from the Nehrannon tribe has a hint of morals, and he grudgingly acknowledges that he repay her this debt... by not killing her. :lol:

Also: They're in a hollow underneath the roots of an ENORMOUS tree! I'm still not sure how I feel about the size difference and placement/composition, but it's a deal better than things I came up with 4 years ago. *shudder* That said, critique and feedback (the more solid, the better!) are encouraged.

I'm still working on commissions, of course, but this idea barged in on my productivity in the rudest of ways. My apologies. :XD:

And, yet another tedious reminder that I must put here: Pallanophs are not canines. (The next person who claims they are "LIEK WOLVES OHMAIGAWD11!1" will be met with my face of ultimate disapproval.) They are not some sort of ungulate, nor are they any sort of "mixed specie" chimaera. They are their own thing, made as plausible as I can with my knowledge of existing mammalian anatomy. Don't make me do a comparative study to prove my point! (Can you tell this is getting old?) :XD:

Characters, pallanoph species, and related concepts April Schumacher
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Rach98 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thats amazing I just stumbled on to your work, and I love it.
you are an amazing sketcher, keep it up ;)
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LyndsayHarper Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
a really good image, nice idea and well executed
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Kodaic Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I really love this picture, and the perspective of it. How the pallanoph is looking at her is very nice as well. I love that paw that is stepping on her bow too. :XD: Anyway, amazing work! :)
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Domyr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
absolutely outstanding! Not only is the drawing excellent, the story behind it is enticing. I really love Nharath's expression and body language C:
the shading is amazing, and as always, the fur and fluff looks awesome. I really like this piece! : D
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Kenalli Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't wait for the story to be finished!
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trigun666 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great job !!!
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Recalling you talking about improving your compositional skills, the composition of this is excellent; very compact and dramatic, whilst at the same time having a decent sense of space. :meow:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've been making a considerable effort to work on compositions whenever I tell myself I need to draw/paint a full piece. It probably helps that I have poster projects lined up in the works. :D
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CrimsonMagpie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Poster projects sound interesting; will you be doing the typography for them too? :la:
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Majardia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful as always! Your line work is so wonderufl and stunning! I hope one day I can read your book :3
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Dev-i Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I wanna read this novel.
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ElementalSpirits Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful sketch, I really love the composition with Nharath towering over Adelaide, and I don't think that it matters that (I'm assuming) Nharath looks too big here because I think it adds to how I'm sure Adelaide is perceiving him at this moment.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He is ridiculously large... about the size of a small horse? So there is that. :D I'm sure at this moment, he seems as large as an elephant to her! :fear:

And thanks! :)
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Rikkoshaye Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hurry up and finish your book so I can read it already! hehe
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol! If I could pick a superpower, it would be control of time and the ability to draw super fast. :XD: I need both of those REALLY BAD.
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NorthWing Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice to see something from your story, I hope we get to see more from it :) Nharath looks huge here, which ofcourse makes him look very intimidating.

(also lol at the people who think he's a wolf-thing, but this is DA after all. Funny how those who appear all crazy about wolves also seem to barley have any knowledge at all about them. But hey, it's big, furry, have slender legs, bigh ears and teeth so it must be a wolf right?)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
In time I'm sure I'll be sharing more here. :) It's just I've so many other obligations to take care of, with projects on and off this site. It'd be easier if I were a faster worker, but alas, I am not. :XD:

(The "everything-is-a-wolf" crowd drives me up the wall. I'm very rarely sensitive on such topics, but this one shows a sort of ignorance that just gets under my skin. Maybe it's also because I don't care much for wolves in the first place.)

Or maybe I'm being mean and it's just a ton of kids who really need glasses. :XD: :lol:
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Moonshadowfox Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i already really want to read it :cry: it is going to be so good
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Her pose could be maybe more tense and show more of her unsure/fearful feelings, since the viewer can't see her face from this angle. I however do like the story behind it, it shows the budding (?) friendship between the two ;D
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
True true! I think I was thinking more about the composition than what here body language is saying... I can always rework it. :D
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kalmanen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Yeah, and definitely not a bad piece of work! :) Love the composition, you always have such an fluid feeling in your art.
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nharath looks... afraid. As would a big cat look if you take away every possible escape route. It's that dangerous situation just before they decide that "attack is the best way of defence" and just jump on you to escape.

And Adelaide looks more curious than afraid, even though she is standing behind that root. Not that the root would protect her, though.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, portraying emotion is not one of my strengths, unfortunately. Been trying to work on it for some time now, and I will continue to do so! :D

Thanks for the feedback! 'Tis much appreciated. :hug:
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
And I wasn't even sure it was helpful at all. But sometimes you just don't see what other eyes see. Not meaning you specifically... It annoys me that you can't really use "one" the way Germans do with their "man".
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akeyla Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional
Oh I'm gonna love this when it comes out :D
I am 95% done with my novel too, so I know how you feel. Just as it strikes me how awesome you got the story and emotion over in this image. Will you put the illustrations into the novel?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I only hope I can deliver, since I have little more than a fleshed out outline of the plot and a handful of written scenes! :noes: I've been working mostly on characterization and filling plot holes/making notes on things to fix. I'm really crazy about it, though I should write more. I'm just now getting around to writing what should be the opening scene!

As for illustrations in the novel, I've been planning on it for ages, so I do hope it's possible in one form or another. I've been wanting pencil/pen and ink spot illustrations in black and white, with the occasional spread/single page illustration with more detail and color. :) I'll be hard pressed to find a publisher who would want to take on such a daunting prospect, though truth be told, I don't see this "novel" running all that long in the page department.
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akeyla Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional
Well girl, this was me in August too (billion doodles, some scenes, some starts). I said: Do eeeet. I sat down and set myself a weeks goal (1 chapter/13-15 A4 pages)and I just tried to keep it up. Its 35 chapters now.Its a head thing. And some good Beta Readers. If you want I'll sit here and stare at you until you start writing... no, seriously, DO. Here's my recommendation: dont get lost in single scenes. In the end, once you are in it the story will flow by itself. You will turn to change things, a billion times. But be assured, this will be easy the more you write. Trust me, I never thought I could to more than smack a brush at a canvas.

As for publishers, I hear you. Should I say Germany? Or better, Switzerland? With a fanatsy novel. My chances are slim, especially with illustrations, people raise an eyebrow the moment I mention my genre (oh, that shite?).
But dont forget, this isnt the death stab, especially because alone your illustrations make it shine. Illustrated stories have scared off publishers because... dun... some people think they can draw(which obviously you can, or I would bot be telling this, may sound egoistically, but I happen to be a teacher).
If that doesnt work, there's still small publishers, booksondemand, ebook, kickstarter, etc. And a ton of folks here who want that book (where do I sign up?)
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconyay-plz: Another pallanoph drawing - huzzah! I really love the way you drew this out. Even though he's injured, this definitely shows how he's got the upper hand (well, paw). You never cease to amaze. Can hardly wait to read your book whenever it's published. Will this be one of the illustrations you'll put in it?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a scene I'd like to do, once I've tweaked some details. (For instance, I have him injured behind his right shoulder in this scene, when I'd originally envisioned him with the left injured. Lol!) I'm thinking if I can pull off this illustrated monstrosity, it'll be with lots of pen and ink/pencil sketches and some watercolor or ink washes. I'm not sure how well the full fledged acrylic/watercolor paintings will mesh with these smaller works, but there's plenty of time to test it out. :)
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Hi again!
Simple fix, mirror the image digitally (ta-da! LOL). This would make a great splash-page. Well, the illustrations with more color can depict scenes of great importance to the plot of the story whilst the ones with less or no color added could depict calmer or less dramatic scenes. However you set it up, it'll look cool.
Good luck with all the commissions you've still got to do.:dummy:
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, for some reason the size difference does seem way more natural now. They look a lot more realistic now. Fantastic piece of artwork by the way, I like how you did the perspective and shading, and the pose and anatomy are really well-done. I like Nharath.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad to hear it! I should really keep size charts on my character studies and post them near my desk so I can remember at a glance. I'm sure my work reeks of consistency errors... :giggle:

It's good to hear someone likes Nharath, despite his temperament. :lol: He learns, though, so it's all good.
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In fact, I think you are one of the more consistent people I know with regards to the different characters. I mean, they aren't humans and yet I recognise the different characters so easily :) that's skill.
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LancerMoo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I've really missed seeing art of these guys. :)

(Sorry, I'm pretty rusty when it comes to commenting, but I'll try)
I think the composition is fine - Nharath looks fittingly large, impressive, and threatening - If you really wanted to push it, you could make the composition more like an inverted triangle and move the horizon line down, so he'd be looking down on Adelaide rather than straight on, but I think it reads well as it is, too.
I think Adelaide's posture/pose might need a bit of tweaking, though - right now, her body language is reading as more "interested/curious/in awe" rather than panicked or scared, as the text leads me to believe. And because we can't see her face, body language is all we have to go on to determine her reaction.

I think it mostly has to do with the placement of her hands and shoulders... having her be "hiding" behind the tree root is a good start, but right now, she's sticking her head right towards Nharath, with her hands spread pretty far apart from each other. It strikes me as a very open and vulnerable position to be in when facing such a monster, tree root or no. XD
When they're threatened, humans tend to instinctively try and protect their head - which usually means leaning their upper body slightly back, hunching their back and shoulders, dropping their elbows closer to their center, and holding their arms out in front of them between their body and the source of their fear.
You probably don't need to make such a drastic change, but pulling her head and shoulders back a bit would probably do a lot of good, I think. Moving her right hand up closer to her left would probably help, too. This would place her arm across her body and come off as a more "defensive" position.

Or maybe I just think too much. XD
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, I think I may have managed to go almost 2 months without posting any. Now that I think on it, I've only posted a couple of them this year. I figured people might want a break from them... :XD:

Her posture definitely needs tweaking... it's too bad I've so belatedly realized that, it also doesn't look like she's crouching in fear like I'd initially imagined. :noes: My first thought was, she's scared, she's trying to crouch down and back away into the roots, and then she realizes he's got her bow and quiver... "Drat!" she almost instinctively reaches before realizing the craziness she's involved herself in. Still, that possibility is pretty clunky, so I'll rework it if I find some time in the future.

And nope, you're not thinking too much... I'm just not thinking enough! Thanks for the comment, I've missed them! Hope you've been well! :hug:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do love your sketches/drawings/illustrations. They each have a lovely aura about them and really pull you into the story line--even if it's only a couple sentences. ;)
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Akimune Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I llove how it looks like! Your sketches are so charming!<3
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is the novel going to be illustrated once it's published?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If I can get it to work, yes! :) Not every page will have an illustration, but I'm planning for smaller black and white spot illustrations, single page, and full spread. Others have suggested graphic novel formats, but I've no skill with comic storytelling and it sounds too exhausting for my taste. Either way, we'll see. :D
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Animus-Panthera Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like a good illustrated novel just as much as I love a good comic, so I think it's a great plan. ^_^ I hope it works out!
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anzusz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
This is fascinatingly beautiful, both the story and the illustration :D
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wyrd66 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Nharath is so beautiful. I really like how huge he is compared to Adelaide, and how tiny both of them are compared to the tree-- it almost looks like they're in a cave. And may I say I love your cross-hatching?
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
If I found a tree like that when I was little, I'd never go home, except for dinner. :giggle: And thanks! :aww:
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure how I can possibly hope to give a very helpful critique to you, but I'll just point out some small things I notice...

I think that's Nharath's other paw by Adelaide's head? My eyes keep getting drawn to the vague space/shape.

I know this is an illustration from the story, so things have happened before this image, but how did her bow get over there? I'm assuming she must have been closer, aiding the pallanoph before he awoke, but Adelaide's pose/forward angle of her body suggests to me that she has been moving toward the angry Nehrannon tribe noph. It looks almost casual. I would think she'd have fallen on her butt and tried to scoot back from this large and intimidating beast.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep, that's his paw. I couldn't really fit it anywhere else, and since that shoulder is wounded, he wouldn't want to be putting his weight on it. Maybe for the final image I can find somewhere else to tuck it or make it less awkward.

As for her bow being under his feet, Adelaide fell asleep there under the tree after she and her brother and a pony helped to move him there, and after dressing his wound. (Hard work, so I don't blame her, but she really might have dragged herself elsewhere for a nap.) :XD: He was deeply unconscious beforehand, and it just so happens that he wakes up before her and disarms her, which wakes her up.

Now that you mention it, her pose needs a lot of reworking. I only had the thought of hwe tentatively peeking from roots as she tries to squirm behind them out of fear. The silhouette of her pose made sense to me at the time, but obviously not anymore. :lol:

Thanks for the feedback! :aww:
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! I'm glad it was helpful. ^_^
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Isn't falling on the butt a far to comic (donald duck-type) reaction? I've never seen a human fall on the butt because they were afraid. I've seen kids break out in tears from sudden shocks, but I've never actually seen a person jump backwards and land on their butt.
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MistingWolf Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... maybe fall wasn't the right word? I've seen many instances where people will stumble backwards and trip and fall if they're frightened. This would work, as the two are in a forest and there's likely to be debris and/or tree roots nearby. Thanks for pointing out my flaw!
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Narkya Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It wasn't really a flaw. I know lots of people like this "caricature" way of portraying fear, I just thought it wouldn't fit pallanoph's more realistic style.
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