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The Smallrus
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Published: September 26, 2004
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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.

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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Windstrider2017Student General Artist
Aw! >w< I remember seeing this ages ago on my old account! <3
AnAdminNamedPaul's avatar
I will definitely keep one as a pet. Fer' real!
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MistVenturerHobbyist 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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gilesdrawsProfessional 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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Chapawee13Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww! Cutest. Thing. Ever! :love:
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KarintaStudent General Artist

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!
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ZhereiProfessional Interface Designer
Beautiful and cute. I love it!
Just shared the link on FaceBook. :)
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MarilyseHobbyist Writer
My goodness, the Smallrus has made my whole entire day.
Gryffgirl's avatar
So pretty--I love this little guy and your colors! :D
Proseia's avatar
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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Disarmingly cute. 'nuff said.
zagarius's avatar
Absolutely fabulous!!
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azhwiHobbyist 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*
Devyn-Wolf's avatar
This is adorable! Lovely <3
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:O it sooooooooooooooooo cute can i pet him or will he bite my fingers off?
DAProductions's avatar
...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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rieke-bProfessional Traditional Artist
:D This is just great! Wonderfully painted, too.
I really had to laugh about this background story.
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Best description ever. Stories are fun! :D
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