Japanese Artist Brings Stones To Life By Turning Them Into Animals That Fit In The Palm Of Your Hand (30 New Pics)

Stones are everywhere—the Earth itself is a giant rock. This is probably why they don’t get much attention and they’re outright ignored, or thought of as dull. Akie Nakata, also known as the Stone Artist, sees an exception to this rule. She has been drawing adorable animals on stones since 2010 and over time, she has built quite a solid collection, some of which have already been featured on Bored Panda.

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Wendy Wee 1 day agoSo realistic

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We got an extensive and exclusive interview from the Stone Artist and we have to tell you⁠—she views her works in a very unique way. For her, stones are not just materials or canvases that she just draws on. First, on her usual walk along the riverbank, she finds a stone that catches her eye:

“When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them.”

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SilverFoX 1 day agoSo adorable!!!!! I would not believe that they are rocks

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Kanga9ine 1 day agoThose eyes are mesmerizing. Must take hours to do these animals.

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Some things may be as insensitive as a rock, but Akie Nakata is sensitive to rocks in particular. The artist leaves the shape of the stone untouched. She neither grinds nor smooths them, as she likes to stay true to the stone that inspired her. “In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life I feel inside the stone. I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”

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Caroline 1 day agoI love that she really use the form of the stone so perfectly!

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J Rob 1 day agoI like the before and after shots.

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When encountering a unique perspective like this, one naturally wonders how this stone started rolling. She has liked collecting rocks and drawing animals since she was a child. But these interests stayed separate, like two pebbles, for a while. One day, it all clicked when she was taking a walk along a river bank and saw a stone that looked “like a rabbit and nothing else.”

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Lama Lady 1 day agoFavourite!

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The artist stressed that the stones are not for sale and she wants the viewer to just enjoy the images themselves. You can do that by following her on her social media. And for now, here it is: a pile of seemingly dull rocks that were turned into something quite remarkable and super cute. Goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in Akie’s case, hands of the craftsman. Enjoy this refreshing cocktail of adorable animals on the rocks. Cheers.

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JOHANNA MUELLER 15 hours agoit looks like a mixture of a bird kiwi and a fruit kiwi

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Gale Langseth Vester 23 hours agoThe eyes and expression are lovely! I think its especially great how the artist could paint the stone in just the way of showing the cheetah raising its head to look at us, using the form of the stone itself as the contours to the cat’s body. This one makes me wonder at whether the back is also painted, as its not leaning up against anything.

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Autumn Walton 1 day agoThat’s gorgeous but …uhh… i don’t think their necks bend that way. >_< (sry. it ‘s rlly pretty tho)

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Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover 7 hours agoThis is so adorable! This artist is amazing.

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SpillTheTea 1 day agoThe fur looks textured.

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Ivy D 15 hours agoIM GOIN TO HOGWARTS

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Kanga9ine 1 day agoI love this. She captures the soul that speaks to her in every pair of eyes. I fall right into them.

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Suzanne Thun 1 day agoTruly Special!

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Max Han 13 hours agoI like how the rock is not entirely painted and instead part of the overall art!

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Maggie Dougherty 3 hours agoRainbow Trout…Nice one..

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Avery S Alberico 1 day agoFeed them pebbles

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Maggie Dougherty 3 hours agoSuch a sweet puppy! <3

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Mark Serbian 1 day agoWHO are you?

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Spikey Bunny 14 hours agoWhat a way to capture this sweet expression! So much talent!!!

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Spikey Bunny 14 hours agoBadgers? We don’t need no stinking badgers!!! Oh, wait! Yes, yes we do! Fantastic work!

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bdunbar@kcls.org 20 hours agoThese are so very lovely. They eyes have it……..and you found a way to express them. THank you

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Mark Serbian 1 day agoGreat … now I’m gonna be singing “Baby Shark” for the rest of the day!

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Maggie Dougherty 3 hours agoAn Afghan, if that’s how you spell it? They are so pretty, when all brushed out.

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Avery S Alberico 1 day ago*shniff *shniff

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Gale Langseth Vester 23 hours agoSlow loris! Okay, it would be slow even if it weren’t painted on stone, as that’s the name of the animal. Lovely!

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