This Hungarian Biologist Creates Adorable Biologically Accurate Animal Miniatures (20 Pics)

Fanni Sandor is a 39-year-old Hungarian artist who creates adorable and meticulously detailed miniatures of animals that look just like the real thing. The artist is a biologist and has worked on various nature conservation projects in the past but has become a full-time miniaturist after having kids.

In a recent interview with Bored Panda, Fanni said that she’s inspired by nature-based subjects and that she mostly likes to create lifelike animals and plants. The artist says that she loved miniature things ever since she was a child and started making miniatures when she was just six years old. “In my twenties, I saw professional miniaturists’ work for the first time through the internet. I was completely fascinated,” recalled the artist. “I realized there are a lot of miniature lovers who live around the world, and some of them are making miniatures at an artistic level. That was the point when I decided I wanted to be a professional miniaturist and I wanted to make art with my works.”

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Fanni says she’s used to drawing, painting, and sculpting so she has the basic skills needed to create miniatures. “I practiced a lot until I showed my first new generation of miniature work for an audience. In my work, my most important aim is to produce realistic and detailed representations,” says the artist.

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The artist says that the first step of making animal miniatures is collecting lots of pictures of the species she wants to sculpt. After that come the sketches and Fanni points out that it’s a very important part as study drawing makes it so much easier to sculpt the animals. “After that, I make the sculpture. For sculpting, I use paper embossing tools and pin ending tools. After baking, I add more details to the sculpture with my carving tools. The next step is painting,” explained the artist. “It’s very important for me that I paint the finished sculpture very detailed; however, the fur or feather coat will cover the paint. And the last step is the furring or feathering. I attach the fibers or feathers to the body with a strong glue. The legs are made of wire.” The miniatures take her between two days and a week to complete.

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Back in 2014, Fanni applied for the IGMA (International Guild of Miniature Artisans) Artisan title and got it. The two years later she was awarded the honorable IGMA Fellow title and says it made her feel “over the moon”.

See more of Fanni’s miniatures below!

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