For The Love of Nature: Fearless Models With Real Animals- NO PHOTOSHOP

With a real life Alice In Wonderland meets Snow White vibe, Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova creates epic scenes that show the bond between humans and animals. While most people would simply use Photoshop to create this contrast, Plotnikova uses fearless models and real, trained animals. The result is a fairy-tale like image which shows the gentle kindness and beauty that all living things exude.

The Animals Made Famous By Rock ‘N Roll: An Illustrated Guide

We have illustrated animal books to help children learn the alphabet, why not teach people about Rock & Roll the same way? These adorable illustrations by Tracy Worrall were commissioned by Dorothy, a UK design firm based in Manchester as a Rock ‘N Roll Zoo. Featuring 77 animals who have been made famous through Rock ‘N Roll Lyrics, the adorable collection can be purchased as one big print, individually, or in themed sets of 4. If you’re a Beatles fan, maybe you’d prefer the 3 piece set which features Rocky Raccoon, the Walrus (I am the Walrus), and Blackbird all in a 12″ record sleeve.

The Animal Kingdom, Hidden on the Form of the Human Body

We have done our share of posts on body painters, from Moran Newman, to Cecilia Paredes and Johannes Stötter, but Shannon Holt brings out the animal in us like no one else. The Florida-based artist embarked on a painting exploration that involved testing different surfaces on which to paint animals – and it was her last experiment that revealed her final destination.

Lions and Foxes and Meerkats, Oh My! DIY Paper Sculptures of Geometric Animals

German artist Wolfram Kampffmeyer studies Computer Animation, but now his 3D creations are jumping out of the digital world. “If you are sitting in front of the computer all day watching your virtual models, you start wishing to hold them in your hands,” he writes. So he created a colorful menagerie of faceted creatures that you can build yourself, with just a little craftiness and a glue stick (much like Steve Wintercroft did with his geometric paper masks or MostLikely did with lampshades).

Nothin’ But Lines: The Digital Designs of Patrick Seymour

With white lines on a black background, Patrick Seymour knows how to make an image pop. His creations appear to be 3D as he varies the thickness, curve, and direction of each line to achieve an astounding level of depth. From all corners of the animal kingdom to pop culture heroes and villains, each image features a perfect line of symmetry, further adding to the page popping contrast of the white on black. Seymour is based in Montreal, Canada where he works as the art director for PALM + HAVAS.

14 Startling Pet X-Rays Reveal the Weird Things Animals Eat

In what might be the most entertaining competition in existence, the “They Ate WHAT?” x-ray contest awards cash prizes to the most impressive images of hungry animals’ innards. These pets all have unique tastes ranging from rocks and socks, to a shish kabob skewer and 104 pennies. Below you will find the 14 gut-wrenching winners of this year’s contest.

Strange Encounters: An Exquisitely Bizarre Series of Clay Sculptures

We’ve seen plenty of photoshopped animal heads on human bodies, but Italian artist Alessandro Gallo has put even more effort into this beloved pastime by making his creations by hand- out of clay! His characters, often in everyday clothes, like someone you’d pass on the street, look bizarrely realistic and somewhat creepy at the same time. Gallo’s attention to detail is impeccable and his hybrid series will be displayed in his upcoming solo show at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Manhattan. The series, which he calls “Strani Incontri” which is Italian for “Strange Encounters” opens tomorrow (September 6th) and will be available for viewing through October 4th.

Ricardo Solis Shows How the Zebra Got Its Stripes (& Other Animals Too)

Like a bizarre scene out of Gulliver’s Travels, Mexican artist Ricardo Solis illustrates animals being climbed over – and created – by Lilliputian figures. Gigantic zebras have their stripes airlifted onto their back by airship, flamingos have their color applied by paintball cannons, and pangolins have scales applied to number-assigned locations. In each image, the workers bring colorful reality to an incomplete chinese ink illustration.

These Tiny, Adorable, Embroidered Animals Are Done Freehand

Imagine spending 2-3 weeks to create something not much larger than a sewing thimble. That’s often how long it takes Oxford-based artist Chloe Giordano to design, plan, and embroider each of her tiny animals. With multiple shades of each thread color as well as using 2 different types of thread- embroidery and sewing- she achieves a depth and texture that give a realistic feel to each creature. The already adorable and peaceful forest animals look even cuter in this teeny tiny size.

“Handimals:” Guido Daniele Paints Strikingly Realistic Animals on Hands

Body painting seems to be everywhere at the moment, but Guido Daniele focuses on just one part of that canvas: the hands. After working as a hyper-realistic illustrator, he took a pioneering leap and applied his airbrush skills to the body throughout the ‘90s. Then in the 2000’s he narrowed his focus to just the hands – creating a series he calls “Handimals.”