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Uploaded: January 24, 2012
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
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Updated: January 24, 2012
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My next and last animal tutorial for the day is not going to be on some genetically made species, instead it will be on an animal that has been around for millions of years, and has changed very little over time. Normally I would say that this is an ugly animal, but after looking at it, I can see how it is a very interesting creature. Up next I will show you "how to draw a Malaya Tapir", step by step. These animals are mainly thought to be related to pigs. The fact is, tapirs are closer relatives to horses and rhinos. An interesting fact about tapir is that all five species are considered to be an endangered. In February of 2010, a new Malaya tapir was born at the San Diego Zoo. The baby tapir was named Tembikai, and I have to say it was a very cute baby. The Malayan tapir is native to Asia, and it is the largest breed of all four different tapir species. What makes the Malayan tapir so different than the rest, is its markings and their odd snouts. There is only one tapir that is black and white like a panda and that is the Malaya. The whole front part of their body up to the back of the shoulders is all black. From the shoulders to the rear it is all white, and then the markings switch back to black at the butt and hind legs. The tips of the ears however are white, and the toes are sometimes lighter in color as well. These remarkable animals grow to be anywhere between six and eight feet long, and between three to almost four feet in height. You would think that an animal of this size would weigh quite a bit, but surprisingly they only get to be around five to seven hundred pounds. Their snouts that most people think are trunks are actually an extension of their nose and lip. These animals have poor eye sight, but they make up for their flaw by having excellent hearing and smell. They use their elongated nose and lip to strip branches of leaves, and they can also pick themselves a variety of fruits. Tapir love the water, and they will often spend a lot of time submerging themselves in it as they like to take cool baths. Even though these animals are not seldom seen or talked about, they are a very interesting and beautiful species, and it’s sad that they are endangered because of hunting and loss of their habitat. I do hope you enjoy drawing a Malay tapir. It is definitely worth your time to tackle this lesson. Okay that’s it for this description, I will be back shortly with more drawing fun. Adios people and enjoy!

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How to Draw a Malayan Tapir, Malayan Tapir

how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 1

STEP 1.

Begin by drawing yourself a small round shape for the head and a larger circle for the body. Make sure the two shapes are joined together.
 
how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 2

STEP 2.

Using the head guide, carefully draw out the head of the malay tapir as well as the extended nose. Sketch in the lower portion of the jaw which is curled upward under the ear. Add the ears and then sketch in some detailing for the mouth.
 
how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 3

STEP 3.

Make a long swift line for the back of the tapir like so, and incorporate that same lining for the hind leg as well.
 
how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 4

STEP 4.

You will continue to draw out the body of the tapir which is the rest of the legs and then the chest, and stomach. Add some wrinkle or crease lines under the front arm or leg.
 
how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 5

STEP 5.

Lastly, draw in the eyeball, color it in solid leaving some white, and then sketch in the creases on the nose, knees, and neck. Draw the toes and toe nails like so, and add detailing inside of the ear as well as along side of the snout. Clean up the drawing and move along.
 
how to draw a malayan tapir, malayan tapir step 6

STEP 6.

Your finished drawing should look like the one you see here. I didn't draw or add the stripes on the tapir because I didn't know if you wanted a baby tapir or adult. The babies have those spotty lines and adults have the solid black and white colors.