These Adorable Artist Rats Create Some Surprisingly Beautiful Miniature Art

Even though we consider the human being to be the most intelligent species on Earth, the thing is we make up just about 0.1% of the biomass. While animals and insects together they make up to 13.4% of it. And it’s no surprise when they turn out to be just as good artists as a human.

In fact, these cute little rats are not only creating art, but they’re also selling it out.

Steph Toogood didn’t always dream about owning a rat art business. In fact, the origins of this project have quite solemn tones. “The idea of painting on canvases came to me after I lost one of my boys, Captain Jack Sparrow (Gibbs’ brother) last year (2018),” the owner of the rats explained on their social media. Poor Jack had undergone surgery but didn’t wake up from the anesthetic. As Steph works at the vets, she was around the pet the whole time and managed to take some paw prints after Jack had passed away.

“I thought it would be lovely for my boys to do something similar when they were with me to keep when they’re gone, so I got some mini canvases and paint, and they’ve created memorial pieces for me to keep,” Toogood elaborated on how it all started. Steph also loves to take photographs as a hobby, so she snapped pictures of her pets next to their little art pieces. After posting them online she attracted people’s attention and many wanted to own some of the ratties’ art.

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Toogood’s Tiny Paws Art was created by Steph on April 20, 2019

Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws

According to the animals’ social media page, there are 12 rats in this artsy collective. Steph also wanted to stress that her pets are friends first, and artists later. “They’re my best friends, and they will not spend their lives covered in paint, no matter how high the demand is for their art right now,” she recently posted on the Facebook page. “Some of the boys are target trained and will follow a target stick or by hand to make painting easier – we even have a miniature agility course which some of them are good at!”

Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws

Steph went on to elaborate that while the Toogood’s Tiny Paws page primarily has the rats’ art on it, it isn’t the only thing she wants to focus on. “I don’t want to use this page just for their art – I aim to promote the keeping of rats as pets and their welfare, as well as sharing what the boys get up to outside of painting,” the woman explained.

Steph sells a variety of products featuring her pets’ art: coasters, keyrings, hair scrunchies, and more. However, currently, their Etsy store has no listings available. Turns out, people bought everything they had available and Steph eventually run out of canvas for the little critters to paint on! “I am making an order this week and hopefully arranging pre orders soon,” Toogood posted on Facebook.

 
Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws


Credits: Toogoods Tiny Paws

Artist Visually Compares the Sizes of Extinct Species With Their Modern Relatives

Technology has evolved and shaped our workplaces in many ways. Photoshop, for instance, helps us take a glimpse at how we want things to appear. Although flawless photography is perhaps never possible without expensive shooting gear, digital photo can give us the solution to turn imperfect photographs into professional ones so easily. It helps us to explore creative thinking and thoughts. Even though they still remain digital, they’re pretty close to reality.

To illustrate, Roman Uchytel uses technology for this matter. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and thus will never come back. More specifically, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has now. And it can be said that he’s been doing indeed a good job at it. Furthermore, he even managed to publish a book which you can find here.

Luckily, Earthwonders managed to get in touch with Roman Uchytel and had an interview about one of his many series which will be presented below. Such series involve the comparison of the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It’s truly interesting how some of the species were way bigger than we would’ve thought looking at their modern relatives. So, scroll down and check out the images!

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“We came up with this idea together with Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel), my wife and business partner, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like. Besides, I’ve been wondering myself how these animals would fit together. Everyone compares extinct animals to humans, but no one compared them to contemporaries (descendants).” said Uchytel for Earthwonders.

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When being asked if it’s challenging to come up with ideas and with the final results, he said “Of course, it’s a challenge because you do it for yourself and you never know if it will resonate with other people”.

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“It was really unexpected for my pictures to become quite viral, because in today’s world, it’s very difficult to surprise anyone. But I’m glad that a lot of people are interested in extinct animals, because one of the missions of the Prehistoric Fauna project is to starting point for an international dialogue that could help preserve the remains of the megafauna, because many animals can die out again because of humans.”

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