She, but I'm not very good at making female/male characters distinguishable. xD Something I need to work on. And I've been doing so many running/leaping poses so I get better at them too, they're hard. xD Standing poses are way easier.
I really enjoyed it to watch while you draw it. I loved it from the lines on. The only thing what bugs me is, some people said Kantayeni were a crossbreed between cheetah and hyena... Now I'm kind of doubting my fursona again. T_T But that's not your fault! You did an great job!
I think people just don't know what a real hyena looks like, to be very honest. The TLK hyenas aren't really a good representation of them. ;3 Spotted hyenas do have a lot of spots! I think Kanta looks very natural in my opinion. I did cut down on the number of spots I did, but wanted to keep as close to the ref you gave me as I could.
I like to search deviantart for landscape paintings, to be honest. I tend to get really inspired for new stories/characters/places when I do that, there are some absolutely stunning pieces of art on here. ^^
Some people get really inspired by music, too. :3 It just depends on what works for you.