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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 General 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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