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The Almost-tapir by povorot The Almost-tapir by povorot
Well, now that school's back in, and I'm going full-bore in my program, I won't have much time to put up these drawings. But I'll put up stuff when I have a minute.

Like this guy - a large, tapir-like grazer of the african savannah. Though he packs a trunk, the lifestyle of this heavy-set ungulate is much more like that of a rhinoceros - they live mainly solitary lives, only coming together to mate or fight over mating rights. Paentapirs (formerly known as megatapirs - see this initial sketch [link] ) are generally recognizable by their short, flexible trunks, forward-facing tusks, and terrible vision.
The Paentapirids (almost-tapirs) are a diverse group, with members having filled a variety of ecological niches across the old world. (One of the larger northern species is featured in the hunting fresco of this mesolithic hunting illustration [link] .)
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flaketom Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Looks really amazing!
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Chimpeetah Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Beautiful ! It looks as if it belongs in a museum :P
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povorot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Thanks!
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like it1 I like it! Oh yeah, is Jan's Atomic Heart still on sale?
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povorot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Oh yeah. If it isn't at a comic shop near you, you could pick it up at the publisher's site: [link]

And I'm glad you like this critter - he's one of my favourites.
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Rayn-Hammer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks man! and keep up the good work! I can only hope you dont become to famous for me to ask for help with my own projects one day haha!
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avancna Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like Pyrotherium made love to a rhino.
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povorot Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Honestly, that's basically how I designed him. Just with a tiny hint more of proboscidean thrown in, to make those tusks a little more flashy.
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avancna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love teasing out the inspirations behind your creations. It's like finding the bones of endangered species in a fresh owl pellet, but without the danger of getting salmonella poisoning.
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like a very solitary animal.
Once your dinosauroids invent the modern printing press I can just see twee picture books for the chicks featuring valuable moral lessons and these guys as the main characters (they get eaten at the end ;)).

So believable I surprised that there hasn't been megatapirs before.
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