Artist Akie Nakata draws amazingly realistic animals and birds on stones. He believes that these are not just canvases for his work, but almost living creatures, and this is why his works are so special. Akie only picks up a brush when he feels he has the right stroke, and draws eyes at the very end: they must be alive and look directly at their creator.
"Among countless stones on the banks of the river my attention is drawn to one — it is like an animal. When I see such a stone, I feel that it, too, has found me. I consider the job done, not when it is drawn in detail, but if I feel life in that stone," Akie says. Akie's special approach to work makes the characters look like the real living being.
Sea otter and cub
"When working with stones, I respect my vis-a-vis, so I never work the stones and never cut pieces off of them to change their shape. Yes, stones aren't considered living beings. But when I think about how long it took for it to transform from a huge boulder in the mountains into the stone that fits in the palm of my hand, I feel the history of the Earth, which it has silently watched for thousands of years. I can feel the breath of life in each of them, so sometimes I talk to the stone in my hand while working"
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