This thing is nothing like I had planned it to be when I started, with only slight resemblance to the idea in the tusks and some amount of lip. After a bit of sketching though, I tried to run with the super thick wiry fur. This guy turned into a concept idea for a wintery highland Hup omnivore, similar to another kind I have been playing with lately, but will see. I think I want to make them some sort of pouched beasty, the other species looks something like a saber cat.
I like the concept but I'm thinking large patches of exposed skin like those lips would be impractical in a wintry landscape.
I was mulling over that as well, but I also noticed that some bare skin patches appear on the muzzles of some cold dwelling animals, and some big polar bears have prominent lips, though it tends to be very leathery and tough. In some distant thoughts about it, they could have grown thicker, leathery and raw when it came to constant scraping into snow and hard ground for leavings or picking at frozen bodies. It's loose, definitely needs some proper building in the future, and I can't say that those lips will stay the next time I draw this thing. He was an accident after all