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Baku by ursulav Baku by ursulav
So it turns out that I have gone my entire life without learning that the Japanese have a mythological creature called a Baku, which is--get this--a tapir that eats dreams.

Which finally explains that Pokemon Drowzee, if nothing else.

Apparently Neil Gaiman wrote a book about it, but all I remember is the fox and the Buddhist monk, so I guess I have no one but myself to blame.

The mythological Baku is actually slightly more chimeric, having the body of a tiger and a face somewhere between an elephant and a tapir. It is a generally benevolent creature, devouring nightmares, and I am deeply and hopelessly in love with it.

Anyway! 8 x 8, mixed media over print sealed to board, fooling with technique and of course, MAD DESIRE TO PAINT AWESOME DREAM TAPIR.


Prints available at Red Wombat Studio: [link]
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 44 - Baku" You can find it here: [link]
RedMeg Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Technically, the Baku is not a tapir... some people say it looks like one, but I really don't see the resemblance.
Cute picture - I'm in love with the Baku too! I like the soft coloring and cute expression.
Btw, my favorite character in Naruto (and, coincidentally, likely the LEAST favorite character of the rest of the fandom) has a Baku summon. (Like an animal companion who helps them out during fights sometimes, for those of you not Naruto fans) It's one of the things I cling to. 'He summons a freakin' Baku! How can you not like him?' Pity it's only for one fight... *gloom*
bakuganfreakful Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
so my nicknames means im a dream eater O-O...:iconcryforeverplz:
SpankytheAngelofDoom Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Huh. Weird. I always wondered what the hell Drowzee was. I always thought like, maybe a cross between a pig and a... i dont even know!
StarDragger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So THAT's where Drowzee came from!
kestrel369 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
You should try playing an old PS2 game called "Dual Hearts". You're companion is an ostracized but cheerful Baku who loves sweets and does cute tricks when he thinks no one is watching. He also dances when he eats his favorite food, which are fuzzy little colorful balls of fluff whose name I can't remember. His in-game name is Tumble, but I changed it to Rufus instead. He just looked like a Rufus. :happybounce:
hunterbahamut Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Oh yeah, I remember those creatures, they're awesome, heh.

I really like this image, you did an awesome job here, I really enjoy the colors and the details.
Ericaust Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
he looks cool!
XRAY0128 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Drowzee... and Tapirmon >_>
EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Neil Gaiman wrote a book about it? I'll have to find that!
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