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I want to call this Flufflebutt as that is what I call my parents' longhaired kitten. But I felt it wasn't appropriate. lol

4x4" mini canvas, oils. These used to be everywhere, now I'm having to hunt on ebay for the 4x4"'s. I should have bought the whole box while I had the chance!
I'm currently trying to get a handful of these done in time for Saturday's show. They're probably not even going to be dry in time, but I'll have enjoyed this manic painting episode nonetheless.

I'm going to start offering pet portraits on these minicanvases, complete with mini easel. More info coming soon.

Ref is my own, a Greek island street kitten. Photo isn't on internet.
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is adorable and so detailed! :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you so much :) I love the mini ones, they are so much fun to do. (Except that one I did of a puppy... That one was the meanest painting I have ever done lol!!)
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :D :XD:
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Attyyay Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
lovely sweet perfect colors
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Thank you! :) Left to my own devices I always seem to gravitate to light blues, purples and pinks.
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kizzychan Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Amazing portrait of an amazing kitty... you can almost pet it, so soft... and those eyes, wow!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Hehe, thank you!! So glad you like :aww:!! :hug:
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome :D love seeing cool miniature art
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Thanks!! I love painting minis. I don't see too many other people do them. I think more people should ;)
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yea minis are amazing. Took them forever but our Michaels finally has a SMALL selection of mini canvases XD Lets see how they do lol
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Awesome. I was actually going to order some from Michaels and have them shipped here because they seemed impossible to track down in this country, but I eventually found some on ebay!
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww how cute! It's amazing how detailed this is for such a small work space.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thanks! I am getting through teeny paintbrushes really fast. :lol:
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RebeccaStapp Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: Flufferbutt is what we routinely call both of our longhairs!

Looks very much like Milo when he was little. I love all the definition on the chest fluffies.

And tiny pet portraits, you say? :la: I'm definitely interested - I'd love to have a teensy portrait of my own flufferbutt! :giggle:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Lol... it's like they're wearing fuzzy pantaloons. XD
Thank you :hug:

Yes, I'm considering it. People like miniature things so I figured it might work. I'll keep you posted! ;)
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww, so cute! I love these little mini canvases of yours. :aww: The subtle color changes in his white coat are just beautiful. And yes, as everyone else is saying, Flufflebutt is the BESTNAMEEVERRRR!! :P
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Thank you :D They're fun to do and people tend to want to pick them up and look at them. What I really want is a table covered in them, but I'd never get that many done! It would look so cool though.
I'll have to get a photo of Fluffle- um... Reuben... so everyone can see just how much the name suits him :nod:!
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That would indeed be very cool! Maybe those could be nice things to do when you get into an art block of some sort?
Yes, do share! I have to see such an aptly named cat. ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Yes, that might work. I'm looking into doing another crafty show at the end of March with a friend, so if that goes ahead, I'll definitely work on the rest of the minis I have planned.
Well this is him when he was teeny. [link] He's a little bigger now and a LOT fluffier!! He looks like he's wearing fluffy pantaloons, hence Flufflebutt... haha.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooo, that will be fun I bet. :D I hope you do well at that.

Naaawww!! He's uber cute! Lol, I love his little curly white ear hair. And my, oh MY are those some long whiskers! Hehee, definitely a flufflebutt by nature. :P
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
:D His whiskers are more normal length now, but when he was tiny they were just ridiculous!
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love those eyes, they're so expressive.
And flufflebutt is the best name for a kitten ;p
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
:) Thanks! The kitten in the ref has amazing eyes. This is the same kitten, but different photo: [link]
I should upload a photo of Flufflebutt (aka Reuben, but Flufflebutt DEFINITELY suits him better)
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flufflebutt, love it!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
YES! And let me tell you it really suits my parents' kitten. He has so much hair!! In fact I could have just painted him, instead of spending last weekend noting various dA stock artists asking if I could paint their images to sell, etc. :XD:
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, but was it quicker to find stock on dA or trying to get him to sit still for an image? My parents used to have a really fluffy cat too. She wasn't called mischief for nothing ;)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well I remembered I already have a really adorable photo of him from when he was a lot smaller. So technically I would have been better off with my own photo :XD: I always forget that I have some nice photos, too! We've never had a super-fluffy one before. He's a bit of a novelty :lol:
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Dragonfairy28 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww he sounds adorable!
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Eternityspool Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous Amanda <3 His eyes are so sweet! I would definitely buy a portrait like this if you were to start selling them ^^
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you so much. :heart: Glad you like this!
I'll have the info up sometime soon, I'm sure. :)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
cute :D want me to look out for those when I am in town?
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thanks! And it's ok, I found some good ones on ebay! I'm glad I did, too :)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
:)
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I have 4 sitting in my art room-I'd give them to you, but I don't think the shipping from the USA to London would be worth it! :XD: I bought them only because you inspired me but I don't know what to do with them yet. haha!!

This looks great, I can't imagen how you did the soft looking hair on the chest, it looks fantastic.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Haha well if I get desperate and you are sure you're never going to use them, I'd probably pay the shipping and have them anyway. But I have twelve of them on the way now. :D
And anyway you should use them! Do some b&w paintings. Something simple to start with... I bet you can do it. :D
Thanks :hug: One day I'll learn to paint hair/fur in detail, not just like blobs! Haha.
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Are they really that hard to find?! o.O Wow, then I won't tell you how much I paid for them. But 12 should last you and ordering them online is probably your best bet anyway. And good idea! I could do color themed ones, even if the end up being abstract stuff.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Well, it seems they've discontinued the ones I used to buy, yes. It's really odd. I think it's because over here only one company made them as far as I know, and probably in the US a bunch of companies produce them. Maybe they didn't sell well here!
Honestly, they look so cool when they're done. Try iiiitt :XD: :poke: lol!
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Marcysiabush Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
lovely :squee:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Thank you! :)
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Marcysiabush Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome :squee: :la:
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roesoftheshadows Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Why dont you make some? You should be able to find precut blocks(or cut your own), canvas cloth, and stapler (one of those ones meant for stapling couches) It is really easy to make them. It would save you a lot of trouble too =3 It would also give you the option of choosing a canvas cloth with a different texture too.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
There is one person in this house who knows how to make canvases... and it isn't me ;) Maybe I should ask him to make me some minis. OOH and I have a roll of canvas too! Hmm, nice idea! Thanks :D
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roesoftheshadows Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Honestly it is really easy! It is like folding a present, it is important to make sure it is tight and has no wrinkles. I believe it is just a matter of giving an inch or so extra cloth around the edge and then you fold the edges nicely, pull it tight and straight, and then staple it on XD
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I would just use a solid board already cut to size. Although there are good tutorials for making canvas frames as well, something that small though I am not sure it matters what method you use. I remember in school we made canvases, the acrylic painting I made on it using the solid board method still looks nice. =3
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I'm sure it can't be too difficult, on that scale at least. I'm told that once you start making ones the size of doors, it's a two-person job. XD
I could probably just cut some board and use that without the canvas. I like painting on smooth board too! I'm not sure which I prefer though.
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roesoftheshadows Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Paint the same thing on both types and see which you like more.
Also as far as the canvases the size of a door, use your feet too! Only joking although that would be funny to see.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Yes, good idea. (Both of them! haha.)
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FallingFromSky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How cute! I love his eyes, they look so lively! ♥
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
:) Thanks! The cat in the photo had STUNNING eyes. Here's another photo of the same cat: [link] I didn't try to replicate the pattern here, far too fiddly at this size!!
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FallingFromSky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my God, they truly are gorgeous! It's like you could lose yourself in those eyes :omfg:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
It's like looking at the Earth from above isn't it? So cool. :)
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