I tried coloring this digitally so I could have a new splash of color in the gallery, but after burning through 4 different tablet drivers for my suddenly malfunctioning old wacom bamboo, I have decided to discontinue working with digital art for the foreseeable future. Which really isn't that much of a loss, as I despise working digitally in the first place. That's right: you heard me, and I'm probably not going to take that statement back.
Anyway! A rather quickish (6 hours) graphite/powdered graphite study to explore how a pallanoph might hunt. In this case, the prey is a Dolun. Unlike canines, (to which they are NOT related) pallanophs are not cursorial predators. As opposed to running their prey down, pallanophs carefully position themselves using various strategies, and are, for the most part, cunning ambush predators. They sprint quite rapidly over short distances and are excellent jumpers: some may use all four feet to crush the prey beneath them before quickly dispatching them. Pallanophs may also use the terrain to their advantage, trapping them and making their hunt much briefer. Overall, pallanophs are highly adaptive and can come up with a strategy for almost any situation.
Of course, pallanophs don't always get their way: if this poor fellow had been paying a little more attention, he might have been able to catch Sorstan in the throat with his horns. But, it's too late for that now.
Graphite and graphite powder in sketchbook.
Pallanophs, Doluns, and art © April Schumacher. Do not plagiarize, repurpose, claim copyright, or use for profit, please and thank you.