Artist creates adorable and realistic animal designs on pebbles

What a rock star! Self-taught Japanese artist creates realistic animal designs on pebbles – including an adorable hedgehog and a raccoon

  • Akie Nakata, from Japan, uses small stones to make her realistic animal designs 
  • Began working as a stone artist in 2011 and has always found pebbles fascinating
  • Here, FEMAIL reveals a selection of the self-taught artist’s remarkable work 

For some artists, a canvas just isn’t enough and they crave different and unique materials to create their masterpieces on.

Akie Nakata, from Japan, is one such artist, and uses small stones and pebbles to make incredible and realistic animal designs.

The self-taught painter began working as a stone artist in 2011, but has collected stones and rocks since she was a child, according to Bored Panda.

Here, FEMAIL reveals a selection of her remarkable work… 

Unique canvas: Akie Nakatera, from Japan, uses small stones and pebbles to make incredible and realistic animal designs – including this one of a gorilla and her baby

Fur-real: This little stone painted to appear as a raccoon looked fur-y realistic, with each hair elegantly added to the masterpiece

Parent-child bond: Working with the slightly odd shape of this stone, Akie developed a picture of a giraffe with her youngster

Sleepy feline: Here, the stone artists leaves some of the pebble free of paint to give the illusion that the tiger is having a little rest

Adorable! The level of detail in each piece has seen the stone artist complimented from her many fans for her realistic designs – including the hedgehog (above)

Purr-fect! With striking blue eyes, this little feline grabs the attention of admirers straight away

Three’s a crowd: Akie created a family full of owl pebbles in this striking artwork, with each stone featuring a similar design

Before and after: This little guy appears to look over a rock in fright in this remarkable and realistic design

So cute! Akie crafted a playful hamster wearing a  beaming smile from one tiny pebble she foraged 

Tiny artwork: Even the smallest of stones prove useful to Akie, as she demonstrates with the above masterpiece, which features a little white mouse

Seriously 3D: Akie tries to use all kinds of different shaped stones in her art, like this feline piece

Taking flight: This gorgeous white owl portrait seems extremely realistic with its individually painted pieces of fur

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