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The Smallrus by ursulav The Smallrus by ursulav
The smallrus is tiniest of the seal family, not much larger (and rather similiar in shape) to the garden slug. They prefer damp areas with large amounts of water, like well-watered gardens with fish ponds, and can often be seen sporting in puddles and bird baths, making their typical call (a sort of squeaky bellow.*) Any gardener is generally delighted to see the smallrus appear, as the occasional nibble of a leaf is more than made up for by their ability to keep down the number of mosquito larvae and other small aquatic nuisances.

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Okay, this one is my husband's fault. He was wandering around singing "I am the smallrus!" I stared at him, struck by the wretchedly adorable image this presented, and said "How big is a smallrus?" "Very, very tiny," he said. "AWW!" I said. "You can keep them around by the house as sock warmers," he said. "AWWWW!" I said. "They purr," he said. "AAAAWWWWWW!" I said, dumbfounded. Ten years, and I had misjudged the man utterly. Did I think he had no soul for cute? Had this master of the darling been living with me all this time, and hiding behind a facade of general perversion? How could I be so wrong?

"They're great with honey mustard sauce," he said.

Sigh. Guess not.

However, I was so struck by the cuteness of the image before he ruined it, that I had to paint the smallrus anyway. Mixed media, 4 x 10--the marbled effect in the background came from washing white acrylic ink over the top of watercolor, and dripping the white ink to make spotty bits, an effect I hadn't planned for, but which was a happy accident when I made the background way too dark and decided to lighten it with a white wash instead of trying to scrub it off the page. Original is for sale, prints available, visit [link] or send a note (since the small ones often sell before I get 'em on the page.)


*Inhale a good lungful of helium and yell "GRONK!" and you've about got it.
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:iconerick-the-druid:
Erick-the-Druid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2017  Student General Artist
Aw! >w< I remember seeing this ages ago on my old account! <3
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AnAdminNamedPaul Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
I will definitely keep one as a pet. Fer' real!
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draggon-rider2 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist
cuuuuute!!!
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:iconmistventurer:
MistVenturer Featured By Owner Edited Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beyond adorable. Sooo cute! I want one or a couple dozen.

Some biologist has to make these possible.
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gilesdraws Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I just wanted to let you know that this is one of my favourite pictures ever in the history of the world, walruses are one of my favourite animals, and I love it so much and one day I am going to buy a print of it and hang it on my wall and love it with my eyeballs all the time.
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Chapawee13 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! Cutest. Thing. Ever! :love:
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Awwwwwwwwwww!

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!
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:iconzherei:
Zherei Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful and cute. I love it!
Just shared the link on FaceBook. :)
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GimmieCookie Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Lovely!
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:iconmarilyse:
Marilyse Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My goodness, the Smallrus has made my whole entire day.
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
So pretty--I love this little guy and your colors! :D
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:iconproseia:
Proseia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
This has been on my may-be-a-potential-tattoo-option list for a while. Always loved the idea of miniature critters (the elephant in a birdcage in Sky Captain, amirite?)
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:iconderpidder:
DerPidder Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Disarmingly cute. 'nuff said.
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:iconjiffers:
Jiffers Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
this is cute.
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:iconzagarius:
zagarius Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Absolutely fabulous!!
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:iconazhwi:
azhwi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I was giggling by the second "AWWW", but the mustard sauce line got both me and my own boyfriend to snort.

Lovely image. Love the textures. And you do all of this in physical paint? *is blown away*
Incredible!
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:icondevyn-wolf:
Devyn-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
This is adorable! Lovely <3
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:iconthesweetfreak:
thesweetfreak Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
:O it sooooooooooooooooo cute can i pet him or will he bite my fingers off?
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:iconnelumbo75:
Nelumbo75 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Naw.
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DAProductions Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010
...never going to be able to look at a slug with disgust again. Oh Primus, a whole sidewalk full of teeny tiny smallrus...
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:icongaliene:
Galiene Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
Insanely cute.
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D This is just great! Wonderfully painted, too.
I really had to laugh about this background story.
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wereguy2 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
Best description ever. Stories are fun! :D
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RoaringDragon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
:D
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GoldenQuill Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Digital Artist
How cute he is. I like this picture a lot. :)
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HannahLovesVictor Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
I WANT SOME! >w<
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:iconmrbarthalamul:
MrBarthalamul Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable. ^_^ Nice job!
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kalina225 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009
"Okay, this one is my husband's fault. He was wandering around singing "I am the smallrus!"" hehe, that made me laugh! And i love the smallrus - he's adorable :)
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diamond1122 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
So cute! I want one! lol
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PikaRox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
:rofl: GRONK! :giggle:
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OasisStar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009
its adorable!
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beautisintheeye Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
I don't know if I have ever wanted a pet as much as I want this ... and it purrs!
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thescribblemaster Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
He does look like he'd be tasty with honey mustard sauce.
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drbonescomics Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I second that.
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Princesse-de-la-Lune Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
omg that is insansely cuuuuute ^_^" he's so freakin adorable... instant fave
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LoopyLeah13 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
that's so cute :aww:

love the description, too ;)
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10000lines Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not that it hasn't been already said but 'omgwtf' (iI usually do not write like this.) this is so cute! CUTE!
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Guilthas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
This pic is my all time favourite from you. Just love the little smallrus. And it's so cheerful too.
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Silver-Dew-Drop Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I adore the cute story :aww: And this painting is insanely cute :love: Even the name "Smallrus" is so adorable haha :heart: If only they really existed :giggle: :lol:
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sarahleony Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
what else left to say other than
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!
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:iconsarahleony:
sarahleony Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
oh, yet there is something else to say:
strangely, my mind can better cope with huge mushrooms hovering over a walrus than ordinary mushrooms swaying over a smallrus. duh.
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StarvingArtistKei Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
OH HECK YES!

I love it. So much. You hubby was on the right track if you ignore the very end ;)
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:iconkelekele:
Kelekele Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
How precious! :heart:
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YamPuff Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww man I totally want one.
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TheKweeBird Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
I think this may be the most adorable thing I have ever seen. Just so you know. ^_^
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:iconfrogit:
frogit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009
I love the story behind this. Hilarious! X3 Must...exit...smallrus..too...CUTE! ;)
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clarysha Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
ooooooooooohhhhhhh
as a sucker of all things fat and blubbery and adorable,
THIS IS IRRESISTIBLE!
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Revolos55 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
Awwwwwww! *iz ded of cute*
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:iconwolf-of-the-artic:
Wolf-of-the-artic Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
SQUEEEE!!!!!!! So cute!!!!!
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VictoricRong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
That is probably the cutest thing in the history of ever. Wallrus are my favourite animals. I would be all over having the Smallrus in my gardens.
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