An exercise in world-building for the Ghrendali race - road marker statuary.
Ghrendali, while able to convey facial expressions, rely more on body language and ear position to denote mood and intent. The top statue, sitting with ears pricked and arms crossed, convey that the way ahead is safe for travel. The bottom statue conveys that the way ahead is dangerous or unknown, with the figure's ears drooping or pinned back, claws outstretched in an aggressive pounce. The eyes of many Ghrendali statues are bored through the entirety of the figure, allowing light to shine through the holes and making many traveler feel as if they are being watched, for good or bad. The sketch at the right is an attempt at abstracting the "danger" statue, much like how we humans abstract the concept of "poison" or "danger" with a skull and crossbones, or the Mr. Yuck face.
While sketching this at a cafe, I was approached by a patron who wanted to see what I was drawing. After looking upon my sketches, she decreed them "adorable" and went about her business.