Artist Paints Tiny Rocks That Look Like Real Animals


Everywhere we go in the world, there is art to be seen. For some of us that means going to a museum and looking at the great works of art that have stood the test of time. For others, art is a little closer to home, something that can be found in the every day. And for artists, it’s sometimes the remarkably ordinary things that inspire some truly remarkable works of art. 

Like a rock, for example. It’s an everyday item that would be found in any garden. It’s never something that comes to mind when we think beauty or art. But for one artist, it’s a blank canvas. Akie Nakasta is a Japanese artist and when she sees a rock, she sees endless possibilities. She takes small rocks, stones or pebbles, then transforms them into tiny painted animals. They are so incredibly lifelike as well. Like a true artist, she is able to see what others can’t see.

Akie said, “To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”

Here are 25 examples of her work.

“Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues… to go ahead and paint what I see on them,” Akie said.

Great attention to detail

She puts depth into her work.

Her art brings stones to life.

You can see the pure attention to detail in the paintings.

Akie has created many creatures using solely rocks and paint. Some of them are so lifelike it’s almost hard to remember they’re not real. 


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