This was done for the dazzling prancer topic over at CGHUB, for Creature Planets. It's not really much of a prancer but it was fun to paint and design. I kind of imagined it taking a wide galloping strut kind of like komodo dragons or other large lizards while running at half speed.
These creatures are omnivores that feed primarily on the carturia grape plant to which the Carturian Strut's name derives. They obtain a toxin from these grapes and are capable of channeling a potent dye to their feathered shoulder blades.
Carturian Struts prance around with a wide galloping strut. The bright colorful feathers are used in both mating displays and to ward off larger predators, warning them that their blood and flesh are poisonous.
Updated * March 24th 2010
These sketches are the beginning of a personal project, though I'm not sure when and if I'll have the time to ever finish it.
This was a sketch for CGHUB Creature Planets: Flight of the Dying Swiftwings. Though I didn't get a chance to produce the final image.