100 Delicate Animal Portraits Created From Things Found In Nature By Raku Inoue

Inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—Ikebana—Montreal-based artist and photographer Raku Inoue creates colorful portraits of insects and other animals using flowers, twigs, leaves, and stems from his garden. Each and every one of them is unique as he chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. Scroll down with Bored Panda’s interview with an artist!

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Night Owl 3 days agoThe cutest and least menacing looking tiger I ever saw (except for tiger cubs). I love it

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Ashley Nell 4 days agoADORABLE!!!

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“It all started when one day, it was very windy and the petals of the rose bush in my backyard fell to the ground. I picked those up and made my first floral sculpture: a rose petal beetle. I found the process to be so calming and therapeutic that I made this a creative exercise that I would do in the morning while drinking coffee. With time, this became my artistic identity,” the artist told Bored Panda about how everything started.

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glowworm2 4 days agoI love the thistle for the tail.

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His ongoing art series “Natura Insects” features a menagerie of lifelike butterflies, beetles, spiders, and even owls that have been crafted from bright and detailed flower arrangements. After Inoue carefully arranges them into floral sculptures, he then photographs them against a white background for a result that looks like display cases seen in natural history museums. When asked how long it takes to make one sculpture, the artist says: “It can take 20 minutes, or it can take a few weeks. That depends on the complexity of the sculpture. For more 3D projects, I need to construct a foam core as a base structure. This takes time.”

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Da Coconut Nut 4 days agoBored Panda Flower Edition

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Desiré Yen 1 day agoLooks like a real insect in camouflage.

While studying the art of ikebana, the artist learned to respect nature and utilize seasonal materials. For his works, he only uses materials which are most abundant rather than picking what looks most attractive. For example, after a rain, he would collect petals that had fallen to the ground rather than searching for flowers still connected to the tree or stem. “I love nature, so working with materials that represent that is pleasant and meaningful. It’s all about respecting the materials and their ephemerality. I quickly learned that nothing is forever, especially in nature.”

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Mari Pystynen 7 hours agoLike Morphidae Morpho…

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Elina Kuusisto 3 days agoI love the flow of this one

The artist, who grew up in Japan, used to spend each summer together with his grandmother who lived in the countryside near Hiroshima. She would leave the door open to their house and welcome in dragonflies. She believed that they represented the presence of her late husband. Therefore, insects have always had a special meaning to Inoue.

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Night Owl 3 days ago (edited)Wow! So beautiful! I love the vibrant blue color

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“My philosophy would be to take it easy and live. Being me, I tend to become obsessed at times with work and creating, but just living life is as important as learning artistic techniques,” Inoue explains his philosophy as an artist. “Don’t be afraid to try new things and venture out of the comfortable zone. Only then will you find that it is possible to surpass yourself. Once this process becomes natural, you will find that evolution is constant and makes creating much more exciting!”

If you would like to see more works from this artist, you can check his previous post on Bored Panda.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days ago“Leafing” flowers.

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoFar out!!!

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SilverFoX 3 days agoWow so amazing

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Night Owl 3 days agoA forest monster

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel 3 days agoBeautiful!!

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days agoIf this is a humpback whale then…..*0* HECK YA! I love Humpback whales, I have no idea why. I just LOVE them!

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Robin Lajoie 1 day agoThe majestic “green” sea turtle

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Night Owl 3 days agoScary. Looks like a swamp monster out of a movie

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Tia Hansen 2 days agothis needs to be higher up.

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JK Rowling 4 days agoNew Hollow Knight boss? Please?

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Ashley Nell 4 days agoso pretty!!

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Tia Hansen 3 days agoDrama llama!

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoWhat kind of flower was this? It’s petals are so lovely!

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Faramir10 3 days agoI like the colors.

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days agoCute.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoOoooo! So soft and pretty. Fantastic legs.

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Robin Lajoie 1 day agoThis one just made me SMILE out loud

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoOmbre wings.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoLove the drama with the black background! Wow!!!

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Tia Hansen 3 days agoThis is my favorite *0* it looks so simple but its still so beautiful *0* i love stuff this *0*

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agosweet

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Elina Kuusisto 3 days ago (edited)I love how this one makes use of the abundance of the season. More subtle but very special

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Hope Floats 7 hours agoThis is beautiful.. It looks so delicate, much like a butterfly’s wings.. And such gorgeous colours……

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Night Owl 3 days agoThis one makes me sad (because of the Q-tip)

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoHeaddress.

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Night Owl 3 days ago (edited)Parts of it look like they’re made of chocolate mmmmmmmmmm ___________ I’m not someone who usually eats bugs but I love chocolate so I’d make an exceptions for this one if it’s with chocolate

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Annette Christopherson 2 days agoBee-utiful!

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoLooks edible, white chocolate?

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Just Carmen 17 hours agoDragonflies are my spirit animal.

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Noemie Houtekie-N’Da 2 days ago (edited)God, pray for this mantis. Da puns.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoFinally……..A tarantula I love.

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Mal Malis 23 hours agoI can tell he used parts of a pansy flower. Pansies are my favorite flowers.

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LUCY BALDWIN 2 days agoGood use of maple seeds!

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TheCutestDeer 4 days agowow

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoGreat cover.

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Tia Hansen 2 days agothe camouflaged forest nope.

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoeek!!!!!!!!!!!

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agonot bad not bad

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoso many beetles!!!!

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Michelle Muirhead 5 hours agoLooks real in the setting

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoLacewing.

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Tia Hansen 2 days agonope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope.

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agolook like a female by the color

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoLadybug.

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Jennifer Gould 3 days agoAll i can see is the insect giving the “bird” lol!

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agoWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LUCY BALDWIN 2 days agoWhip spiders! I’m glad they live in caves.

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Spikey Bunny 3 hours agoFantastic wings!

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Just Carmen 17 hours agoLantana. One of my fave summer flowers.

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Annette Christopherson 3 days agoEdibles.

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Hannah Grimes 2 days agocolorful 🙂

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Gloria J Howard 2 days agoAMAZING! BEAUTIFUL!

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