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Crafts

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

Incredibly Lifelike Insects Crafted out of Bamboo by Noriyuki Saitoh

October 7, 2017

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Laura Staugaitis

Capturing anatomical essences with uncanny skill, Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh constructs life-sized insects using bamboo. The natural material’s versatility lends a surprisingly wide range of colors and textures to each creature. And although the first impression is of insects that are ready to crawl or fly off the page, Saitoh engages a thoughtful process of paring down each bug to its essential forms that give the impression of life. More



Art Crafts

Large New Embroidered Textile Moths and Cicadas by Yumi Okita

Large New Embroidered Textile Moths and Cicadas by Yumi Okita

Aug.4.17

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Christopher

These oversized moths and insects by Yumi Okita (previously) are constructed with fabric, embroidery thread, fake fur, wire, and feathers. The Raleigh-based artist makes each piece by hand, creating faithful interpretations of actual insects like the Oleander Hawk Moth or the Peacock Butterfly. More



Illustration Photography

Insect Flower Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Insect Flower Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Aug.2.17

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Christopher

For a new series titled Natura Insects, Montreal-based creative Raku Inoue arranged a variety of leaves and blooms to create the delicate components of stag beetles, butterflies, and other insects. While the same results could be easily produced using digital or collage techniques, Inoue pushed the concept even further and used real flowers which he then photographed as you see here. More



Illustration Science

Playful Watercolors Illustrate the Many Classifications of the Animal Kingdom

Playful Watercolors Illustrate the Many Classifications of the Animal Kingdom

Jun.15.17

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Kate

Illustrator and amateur naturalist Kelsey Oseid is focused on detailing the natural world, illustrating the animal kingdom’s many classes and orders on posters created with watercolor and gouache. The posters highlight more known orders such as Carnivora and Rodentia, while also showcasing the diversity of animals in lesser known orders like the Chondrichthyes and Artiodactyla. More



Art Crafts

New Balloon Sculptures Depicting Animals and Insects by Masayoshi Matsumoto

New Balloon Sculptures Depicting Animals and Insects by Masayoshi Matsumoto

May.30.17

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Kate

Masayoshi Matsumoto (previously here and here) doesn’t twist up your average balloon animal creations. Instead, the Japanese artist produces larger than life beetle larva and spider crabs, creating latex masterpieces that blow away the simplistic balloon animals we’ve come to expect. Multi-colored and not bound to any particular species, the works are incredibly realistic interpretations of the animals they imitate, making the requests at your child’s next birthday particularly bizarre. More



Animation Illustration

Fictional Butterflies Animated as Illuminated GIFs by Vladimir Stankovic

Fictional Butterflies Animated as Illuminated GIFs by Vladimir Stankovic

Apr.20.17

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Kate

Australia-based illustrator Vladimir Stankovic has created several series of GIFs depicting his fantastical portrayal of the natural world, animating subjects such as Cepharthropoda (animals with characteristics of both cephalopods and arthropods), Cephalopodoptera (his cross between mollusks and insects), and the Lepiodoptera Obscura (seen here). Within this series he illustrates the lifecycle of a “hidden butterfly,” extravagantly colored insects that exist in some of the most remote areas of tropical rainforests. More



Crafts

Embroidered Haute Couture Box Bugs by Noboru Hoareau

Embroidered Haute Couture Box Bugs by Noboru Hoareau

Mar.17.17

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Christopher

French embroidery artist Noboru Hoareau recently stitched this fun series of creepy insects, spiders, and arthropods comprised mostly of beads. Each piece is embroidered into fabric and framed, an objects he refers to as a “embroidery haute couture box bug”. More



Art

Imaginative Insects Formed From Resin and Brass by Hiroshi Shinno

Imaginative Insects Formed From Resin and Brass by Hiroshi Shinno

Mar.6.17

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Kate

Japanese artist Hiroshi Shinno builds hyperrealistic sculptures of insects that don’t exist, perfect forms of imaginative species that look as if they were built from vibrant leaves and delicate flower petals. Even these aspects of the creatures are false, as each leaf or petal was cast from resin and painted with acrylic paint before being placed on the model’s brass base. More



Art

Glass Insects and Plants Sculpted to Scale by Japanese Artist Yuki Tsunoda

Glass Insects and Plants Sculpted to Scale by Japanese Artist Yuki Tsunoda

Feb.3.17

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Kate

Molding tiny bits of soft Moretti glass with equally small tools, Japanese sculptor Yuki Tsunoda produces insects, flowers, and other types of plants at a size that is nearly to scale. Her subject matter is sparked by her interest to dissuade gut feelings of disgust when it comes to insects, and create works that highlight the beauty of their individual parts. More



Crafts

Ornate Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf Incorporate Antique Materials and Metallic Beads

Ornate Insect Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf Incorporate Antique Materials and Metallic Beads

Jan.12.17

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Christopher

Embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf stitches fabulously ornate insects and trees that incorporate antique gold twist cord, hundreds of metallic beads, Rococo threads, and other delicate materials. The end results are scarab beetles that could practically crawl off the canvas and honey bees prepared to take flight. More



Design

DIY Paper Beetle Sculpture Kits by Assembli

DIY Paper Beetle Sculpture Kits by Assembli

Dec.28.16

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Christopher

Designer Joop Bource of Netherlands-based Assembli just released this colorful trio of DIY beetle models. The flat-pack model kits are available in three different beetle species including stag, hercules, and atlas, each in a number of different metallic colors. More

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