I haven’t gotten around to drawing all the Hunters since I first developed them. They’re all members of his tribe and, in a way, his surrogate family.
Also, in this setting, mixed sleeping arrangements are very common. Roko (people; the fuzzy races in particular) have, for one, an uncanny generosity and respect for their social environment and so, especially for friends and family, don’t shy away from personal contact nor take undue advantage. For two, “mating bonds” are a kind of psychic link that prevent physical attraction to anyone who is already mated. (in this scene, only one is, and it should be obvious who).
Top bunk are Riki, leader and chief-in-name, and Aiko, the youngest, teasingly nicknamed Brushtail as he only had one ring on the tip of his tail.
Middle bunk, left to right, are Xiro (slightly autistic but very intelligent), Urai (Riki’s aunt and surrogate mother, whose pregnancies rarely seem to slow her down), and Deiko (Aiko’s sister, strongest of the group)
Bottom bunk is Lare, who is the oldest, a veteran warrior who was only spared from culling due to missing one leg below the knee.
That anatomy is amazing. I really wish I could draw like that. -3- I guess I should get to practicing.( I await the day for a tutorial, but as a way to start me on my way into the journey of ze ARTZ)
But overall, seeing the process of making a character design is very interesting.
What's ironic is that after commenting on your drawing I drew a plantigrade animal in a heel-off-the-ground pose without really realizing it.
You're likely already well aware, but you are allowed to take liberties with it, as much as you're comfortable with, at least; I certainly am not of any stretch of authority to be able to tell you otherwise, not even a fraction thereof. I... I actually have been working on a similarly important project for a similar period of time, and I, too, get "nitpicky" over things involved with it from time to time... or all the time (which is evident, as I have little to show for it here on DA). Please excuse me for shoehorning a personal problem into this behemoth of a comment, but I suppose what I'm trying to say is that I'm quite impressed with everything you've been able to get out of your own ideas, how productive it's all been, and I really do think that whatever decision you make, it will be just fine.
But in any case, good luck with it.
I love them.
I'll be looking up "In the new age" very soon.
I've never had an issue with how anthropomorphic animals were portrayed, mainly because I didn't pay that much heed to it. But when I read what you wrote, I couldn't help but think, "Dang, that's quite a lot of thought to put in to make it believable."
I'd say if you found what you're comfortable with, go with it, and if not, keep trying to find ways that work. I'm pretty sure the ultimate factor is whether or not the artist is proud of their creations.
And at first until I read the description I was thinking, "boy that dude on the bottom bunk is wondering whether those hammocks will hold..."