Animal Artists Collective: Ungulates | Young Tapir

Animal Artists Collective: Ungulates | Young Tapir

hello everyone and welcome back to another AAC video for those of you coming across the animal artist collective for the first time we are a group of artists here on YouTube founded by jennifer charlie and myself to create artwork every other month in order to raise awareness and donation funds for various conservation and animal efforts around the globe our 2019 theme is animal groups and this month rather than doing the very broad category of mammals which has a huge array of animals that many people know and love we decided to break down the last poll into two specific subgroups of mammals the order Carnivora and the former order but now clade on galata however it turns out that narrowing it down didn't actually help us much at all because it was our first-ever poll to end in a 50/50 split after an entire week of voting we decided in the group itself to focus on ungulates this time around but since so many of you wanted to see carnivores we're going to go ahead and do that in a September due to having a lot going on in jennifer and i's lives we didn't exactly get around to posting that on our social media early enough which we apologize for so if you are unofficially participating and weren't sure which one to go with you can upload from either theme to the hashtag animal artist collective tag for a chance to be featured over on our Instagram story following the release of this video since the next theme will be carnivorous if you did a carnivore this time around you can do ungulates next time around and all that fun stuff so hopefully that makes sense and if you have any questions a lot us know in the comments below also adding on to that little detail that Jennifer and I have been really busy in our personal lives with some major life changes we also were unable to bring on a new guest artist this time around but that does mean we have two of our wonderful Paskus artists Sarah and Bonnie joining us again you can find their info all of our info and all of our social media application forms and unofficial participation guidelines in the description below so with all that out of the way let's go ahead and jump into today's video the former Clayton Gallatin now consists of two orders artiodactyla which contains all of the even-toed ungulates such as camels llamas pigs hippos deer antelope giraffe cows sheep and even whales yes whales just to name a few the smaller order of Paris attacked Allah contains Auto – ungulates including all equines rhinos and my featured animal the tape years now I'll get this out of the way up front since some of you might have thoughts on the matter but after a lot of heavy research both pronunciations of taper and tapir seem to be equally used and in different dictionary guidelines so I would say use whichever one you prefer or whichever want to fix your accent more comfortably this lesser-known cousin of horses and rhinos are a rather ridiculous looking forest dwelling animals they are similar in body shape to a large pig but with a large prehensile nose that could be considered a trunk though it is much shorter than that that you'd find on an elephant there are four or five species found across the Americas in Southeast Asia depending on who you talk to the solid forest species are the South American the Central American the Malayan and the mountain tapirs and there's also a fifth possible species called the cob Omani if I'm saying that correctly which may or may not be a separate species from the South American became a money aside the remaining four are considered endangered or vulnerable species and they are in need of our attention TEI pairs are approximately two meters long and one meter tall at the shoulder though that does vary by species of course and they weigh anywhere between 330 and 700 pounds also depending on species and sexes adults of the american species generally tend to be very plain in color being almost solid brown in coloration all the Malayan have bold areas of black and white however you may have very keenly noticed that I am NOT painting an animal that follows either of those descriptions and that is because I am painting a young tapir which are all adorably spotted no matter the species female tapir is gestate for over a year and give birth to a single calf which will reach maturity in three to five years after weaning tape ears live solitary lives with the exception of mothers rearing their offspring and they live to be about 25 to 30 years old whether or not they're kept in captivity or in the wild they eat a varied diet of young vegetation and fruits which they search out using their flexible trunks and excellent sense of smell most tape ears are nocturnal or crepuscular and while they don't have exceptional vision they do rely on that strong sense of smell and also their sense of hearing although they don't look particularly armored they do have thick skin over the back of their necks and paired with their sheer size adult tapers are relatively protected from most natural predators considered a living fossil by some relatives of the tapir have been around since the Eocene approximately 50 million years ago and their family has survived through waves of extinction of other at large animals however today they have suffered a sharp decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation from human agriculture habitation and mining aside from donations you can still help tape ears and all forest dwelling animals all over the world by being aware of your daily purchasing such as opting for things like shade brown fair trade and rain forest Alliance certified coffee and chocolate and avoiding other products that may contain things like palm oil so now that you know a little bit about tea piers let me fill you in a bit on what you've been watching on the art side of things while there are many species that I could have happily chosen for this theme as there are many many angulas that I absolutely adore I couldn't resist a spotty little tapir calf I may have gone a little bit overboard on the spots but scale has never been my forte when it comes to patterns on animals so I will chalk it up to that to accomplish all of this detail without having to go back in or paint around all of these spots I decided to use masking fluid for this project I used Blake's hot pressed paper so that the edges of the masking fluid wouldn't be too unpredictable as they might be on a cold pressed paper I used cores masking fluid that I poured inside of a fine line applicator bottle both of which will be in the description below this is only the second time that I've used cores masking fluid I bought it specifically for this project and tested it out beforehand but so far I really love it it's really easy to remove and the applicator which I have used before makes it incredibly easy to apply in the first place once all of the masking fluid was completely dry I began painting using Daniel Smith so to light hematite and burnt umber as well as cores raw umber it required a few layers and some additional care around the bits of masking fluid as the paint and water is more likely to cling to and pool around those areas of masking fluid if you're not careful I didn't use a heat tool at all in this process as that can also affect the masking fluid and make it really difficult or impossible to remove without damaging the paper later on once I was happy with the overall values of the piece I let it completely dry one more time then remove the masking fluid with my fingers without a single incident of tearing the paper or having it caused any issues at all once removed I went back over some areas of white to soften off some of those hard lines and add shadows where needed then I finished everything off with a small drop shadow under the tape ear itself this piece didn't end up quite how I imagined in my head is I think I wanted more of a portrait but I had to get all those spotty spots in so I think this cute little teenage tape here still worked out in the end and I hope you'd like him as well he is available for sale over in my Etsy shop where 50% of the profits will go to the tape ear specialist group which has been working for over 30 years to help study manage and restore tape ears in the remaining habitats and remember if you purchase anything in the shop in the month of July including this painting there will also be a donation made to the Dreaming zebra foundation for a world watercolor month to close up this video I wanted to show you how far back my love for baby to peers goes with a little clay critter that I made many many moons ago to this day he's still one of my absolute favorites and he happily adorns my bookshelf so while I work before you go I just wanted to give a little shout out to our other AAC artist one more time be sure to check out their artwork and see everything from this really diverse group of animals ranging from the last standing member of a unique American family to some underwater Giants thank you as always for watching and for helping to support animal conservation and until next time happy painting


  • Sharon Nolfi says:

    Wonderful – the painting and the clay figure! I love the browns you chose and how they blended into one another.

  • Amanda says:

    What a cutie! ❤️❤️
    I've been wondering about masking fluid for awhile and will keep these products in mind for when I'm ready to experiment

  • ArrySky says:

    I was having a hard time today and upon seeing the super cute clay tapir I was so happy I cried 😭. Thank you for the wonderful work!

  • Tiffany Grey says:

    Hooray, AAC!

  • everart okelli says:

    Absolutely stunning and adorable tapir! And a most impressive pattern (and application of masking fluid). The little clay tapir was a real bonus. Thanks!

  • Amanda Buisson says:

    My gosh he's adorable! 😍😍

  • wizkidsvideos says:

    Just beautiful work of art. Enjoyed the music too.❤️❤️❤️

  • edsbigsister says:

    My favorite animal! I drew a young Tapir this month too! But it was a complete coincidence. Thank you so much for bringing attention to endangered animals with your beautiful artwork! 🙂

  • MilenaB. says:

    I've missed you! I absolutely loved the painting and information! Simply beautiful <3<3<3

  • shannon bryant says:

    WOW!! I love all of your art, but this piece is really amazing!! Great work!!

  • Natasha Bond says:

    Oh my gosh so adorable!

  • Mikey Finger says:

    I always love these artist collective series videos, it’s like you just fill my needs to always be taking in knowledge and today the tapirs are here!! You balance all of the elements so nicely with your videos information about the animal but not too much information it’s quite a skill and talent you’ve got going on there Denise. So glad you posted a video today ❤️

  • Hajra Meeks says:

    lovely tapir and had fun watching you do the masking effects! 😀 <3 I personally don't get along with masking fluid at all, so I wanna see fluid masks, I have to live vicariously through artists like you. XD

  • Connie Gant says:

    Very cute! Thank you 😊

  • Amie Howard Art says:

    This piece is amazing 😍 that masking fluid tool is so cool! I want one 😂 from here we say “tape ear” 😊 you portrayed this guy so well and it’s such a simple but delicate piece, I love it!!

  • Tierkunst - Art of Beate Kuczera says:

    Wonderful painting! I am a german Animal Artist – how can I help and be a member of the Animal Artist Collective? Please can you send me a message, thank you!

  • Renilou2 says:

    In video's of them, they almost look like a cousin cross between an elephant and a bore. But what do I know. LOL. Not much! Fascinating creatures. This one is so adorable! Love the beautiful spots and the way you painted this precious one.

  • Kristi Wilson says:

    Love the texture that the granulating paints gave him! He's adorable…and I kept hearing Ze Frank's voice while you were painting. Lol!

  • Lettering By Laura says:

    No Meow Meow Kapow? I didn't see her name on the list of Artist's for this series☹….

  • mjpete27 says:

    I am always having trouble with my use of masking fluid, but I still keep working with it! I just never found a way to keep the white of my paper without it, I am amazed at how you keep your paint from pooling and getting splotchy, another triumph for you and your watercolor journey! Have a lovely day, keep going with these AAC Videos!

  • Lindy Ashford says:

    He is a beautifully credible tapir, his stripes and speckles were an instant clue. Wonderfully painted as usual, could almost see him get up and waddle off the screen. Am very impressed with the masking fluid applicator thingy very impressive.

  • Fox Spots says:

    What a cute little guy!

  • Leott Art says:

    The only thing cuter than the painting is that little clay critter. So precious! 🙂

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  • Chilly Studios says:

    Awww! The little guy is so adorable! I just love all those spots. The tapir is such an interesting looking animal that just doesn't have enough fans. Thank you so much for sharing your little sculpture too! What an amazing little creation. He's a perfect desk helper. That masking fluid looks super useful. I've never used it before. But I might get some and try it out.

  • Kimberly Crick Art says:

    This turned out amazing! The patience with that masking fluid really paid off, the pattern is so strikingly beautiful. I don't think it was overboard – just artistic license. I've been really happy with granulating Daniel Smith colors for animal fur. I appreciate you mentioning the 50/50 vote, and allowing us unofficial participants to choose. I did end up posting for carnivore, though I'm not sure that I mind doing it again for next round 🙂 So many animals to pick from! Thanks again, I really enjoyed this and here is my contribution –

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