Little Sand Runners

I've recently updated The Red Valley Newsletter with some scribbles. Little Sand Runners are on the drawing board these days. I've been sketching them everywhere, trying to pinpoint their design. It's been lots of fun sketching run cycles and motions as I'd imagine they'd be quite agile and fast. 

These little sand runners will most likely inhabit the Gul Dunes, toward the northern reaches of The Red Valley. I really like the idea of mouth display in which individuals might have territorial disputes by flashing their brightly colored mouths. 

A few things are clear: Their forepaws are modified with one large toenail, used for digging and for striking other individuals over food or territory. Smaller toes aid in holding food and onto each other. Their back legs are large and muscular to propel them forward. Wide padded feet keep them on top of the sand and are equipped with large claws for defense. They are smallish, about the size of a small rabbit and so are very timid and quick to react to most things. They'd be lots of fun to animate! 

In any case, they are coming along nicely and I'm hoping to combine them along with a sural in a new piece soon. 

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