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Portrait of the Pied Anteater by ursulav Portrait of the Pied Anteater by ursulav
This just started out as a character design--I wanted to do someone in patchwork robes, and I've always always had a soft spot for the stately (and tiny-brained) giant anteater, as evidenced by all those moo-ing and cavorting anteater doodles lurking somewhere in my art backlog. But anyway, once I started painting, I realized there was some kind of story here--he's got a flute, which he must use for charming something. What does an anteater charm? Ants, of course! So now I may have to do another painting at some point of the pied anteater playing the flute for a goggling ant my copious spare time...

Acrylic and ink on clayboard, 9 x 12. Original is for sale, as always, prints are available--visit [link] or drop me a note if I haven't updated with the info yet.
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bamseper Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I absolutely love it...
Skavenloft Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow lol wow
unbreakable-hero Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
anteaters wearing clothes! yus >0<!
Absterge Featured By Owner May 6, 2009
Omygosh I love anteaters so much <3 They're my favorite animal. It's nice to see a talented artist doing work of them!
Seridon Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
That's great!

I love anteaters! ^^
nurikochik101 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm the lucky Kid that ended up with this amazing piece. It still brings me joy every time I look at it. :)
superben Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
really like this one reminds me a bit of a raster ant eater love his hat
stone-kwell Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Beautiful- I love his little saggy hat, too.
I've always loved anyeaters and this just makes me feel fuzzy. XP :heart:
Dexanote Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
This, is quite possibly the best animal pic i have seen thus far.
MagicSpazzingDragon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Very nice. ^.^ I love his outfit especially. Very anteateresque... yes that is a word... i have decided that it be so
So beautiful and colorful. Wonderful job. :D
Nooala Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2007
I want his outfit. :D
Corn-Muffin Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd love a hat like that. it rocks!!
florasolaris Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
this guy looks so awesome, i love his hat!
LowBudgetBatman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2006
i saw this art about just under 2 years ago, from the looks of the date about the time you just completed it lol, and i lost the link. id been searching for it for a long time now because this is by far my favorite peice of art work. and not just on devient art. you do a brilliant design and has inspired me greatly :D keep bringing us the great art. trust me its definatly something to be proud of.

thanks for the inspiration.
rockyoursocks Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg! Awesome.
These pics are really worth it being a deviant. :)

Love it!
I drew an anteater to! but he is not such a giant. He is ATOMIC!!! :)
xXminceXx Featured By Owner May 20, 2005   Artisan Crafter
He's an ant-charming anteater shaman!
SheikahWarrior Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005  Student Writer
That's adorable! I love your work, the colours are GREAT!
Mitsels Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure magic !!
send him over please got some Ants i like to get rid of .
Terra-fen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love aneaters! They're so cute and awesome! Great job on this one.
LissaMonster Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
It's an Anteater Shaman! Nice!
finalfantasyfanvii Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2004
attn to detail is amazing! holy cow... i'm at a loss for words amazing!
supasheep Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know you have lots of comments on this already, and I'm probably repeating what everyone else has said, but I really like the concept of this one! lol! it makes me laugh! :lol: And i love the colours of his coat!! I'm definately making this a fave!
thirdwaltz Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004
You've inspired me... and anteaters are awesome! I've held a baby one (can't remember which species, all I know is they're only found in Central America and northern South America). Stellar.
neddiedrow Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004
How detailed. How cool! I bow before your skill!
wagnas Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2004
Very great work there.:)
evanjensen Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww. The patchwork cloak is so perfect. The flute is kinda lost there, in all that pattern, but the black BG is a good choice.
JenTheThirdGal Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
very cool =)
rogue-rpz Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2004
awesome character
i just imagine him making it up that he charms the ants because they all walk in a line anywyas all he has to do is follow the line (which doesnt move fast anyways) and say it was all him :)

i like the outfit with the multicoloured patchwork but it makes him look more like a jester than a bard maybe if he had a single coloured gown. im actually amazed at how well it suits the ant eater
aleshia Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2004
he's adorable :airborne:

ricey Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
what a devious fellow!
mahavishnu72 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2004
really beautiful painting.....i like it very much :clap: :wave:
SuseDolAmroth Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
You made my day with this :-D which actuall might otherwise have marked the end of all my artistic leanings, I know no loss for the artistic world but still... he looks way worse than I feel yet has by far prettier clothes. I'd love to see him charming ants... :hug:
Cerulean452 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2004
Wow, that's great! And it's so detailed. You're very talented. I love how there's a little ant on the top of his staff. :)

faeriehelen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2004
Awwwww this is splendid! :D Captured my heart :P :heart:
eruna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
Beautiful characterization and coloring.
starr Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
very interesting fellow.
Hassock Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2004
great !!! absolutely great!!!!
i love it!!
Hey-Poo-Guy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
Awesome! I really like the assorted, different patches as well as the anteater's hat--I want a hat like his too! :XD: I love the different expressions and personalities of your characters, :clap: :clap:.
memoryofdeath Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
wow, this is great. ive been a fan of your skills for a long time. but this is the first time ive spoken out. maybe its cause im all hurricaned out. anyway.
you usually use watercolors right? this is awesome though, i just started using acrylic, and its a lot harder than water colors for me.
the bricks are just pheonominal, great texture, and his tail/head are very nicely done, the patchwork is good too. it has a different mood than most of your peices. usually they are outside somewhere this offeres starke contrast. anyway yeah, i just wanna say im a big fan, keep it up.
latinart Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
This is simply lovely. Love how you worked the colors in his clothes and himself over all. I love the rocky floor, as well. Very realistic. Great job! =)
ForestPixie Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
That's such a wonderful picture. I can't believe you made that, its so cool. Where do you get your imsperation?(I can't spell:()
tearstained5 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
OH my god!! This = teh shit!!! I love you.

And on a different note, I really like the patchwork clothes. They make the character seem more.. alone. And different. The jester hat is a nice touch, and it's outfit and expression make it sort of gypsie-ish. Very neat idea, so +fav. That, and anteaters are THE COOLEST. EVER.
luckydice Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
Very funky!
hippogriffon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
The clothes of this creature are really wonderfull ! Congratulatio ! It is reallya wonderfull and unny wok ! ;-)
Isynia-Artessa Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Such vibrant colors! The black background really sets them off well. Also, great job with creating a variety of textures, expecially the anteater's fur. Great job!
syariz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2004
hello...hehhe...your acrylic skill way beyond my imaginations.... nice artwork..
you treated the it like watercolour style ... if i just could see it real life heheheh blink blink ;)
nicee coloue changes
junipurr Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004   Traditional Artist
I want his hat. :D
zuluyo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004   Digital Artist
I like him, and his robes!

Your paintings are always so awesomely detailed.
RainyRogue Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work is AMAZING. I'm seriously stunned. Do you mind if I deviantwatch you?
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