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The self-taught Japanese artist creates cute and realistic animal designs on pebbles

What a rock star! The self-taught Japanese artist creates realistic animal designs on pebbles – including a cute hedgehog and a raccoon

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

For some artists, a canvas is simply not enough and they long for different and unique materials to create their masterpieces on.

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

The self-taught painter started as a stone artist in 2011, but has collected stones and rocks since childhood Bored Panda.

Here FEMAIL reveals a selection of her remarkable work …

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

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

Furry Real: This pebble painted to look like a raccoon looked furry realistic, adding each hair elegantly to the masterpiece

Furry Real: This pebble painted to look like a raccoon looked furry realistic, adding each hair elegantly to the masterpiece

Furry Real: This pebble painted to look like a raccoon looked furry realistic, adding each hair elegantly to the masterpiece

Parent-child bond: Working with the somewhat strange shape of this stone, Akie developed an image of a giraffe with her youngster

Parent-child bond: Working with the somewhat strange shape of this stone, Akie developed an image of a giraffe with her youngster

Parent-child bond: Working with the somewhat strange shape of this stone, Akie developed an image of a giraffe with her youngster

Sleepy Cat: Here the stone artists leave some of the pebble free of paint to create the illusion that the tiger has a bit of rest

Sleepy Cat: Here the stone artists leave some of the pebble free of paint to create the illusion that the tiger has a bit of rest

Sleepy Cat: Here the stone artists leave some of the pebble free of paint to create the illusion that the tiger has a bit of rest

Adorable! The level of detail in each piece gave the stone artist compliments from her many fans for her realistic designs - including the hedgehog (above)

Adorable! The level of detail in each piece gave the stone artist compliments from her many fans for her realistic designs - including the hedgehog (above)

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

Purr-fect! With striking blue eyes, this little cat immediately attracts the attention of admirers

Purr-fect! With striking blue eyes, this little cat immediately attracts the attention of admirers

Purr-fect! With striking blue eyes, this little cat immediately attracts the attention of admirers

Three's a crowd: Akie created a family full of owl stones in this striking piece of art, with each stone having a similar design

Three's a crowd: Akie created a family full of owl stones in this striking piece of art, with each stone having a similar design

Three’s a crowd: Akie created a family full of owl stones in this striking piece of art, with each stone having a similar design

Before and After: This little man seems to look scared over a rock in this remarkable and realistic design

Before and After: This little man seems to look scared over a rock in this remarkable and realistic design

Before and After: This little man seems to look scared over a rock in this remarkable and realistic design

Very cute! Akie made a playful hamster with a radiant smile from a small pebble she foraged

Very cute! Akie made a playful hamster with a radiant smile from a small pebble she foraged

Very cute! Akie made a playful hamster with a radiant smile from a small pebble she foraged

Small artwork: Even the smallest stones are useful to Akie, as she demonstrates with the masterpiece above, which includes a small white mouse

Small artwork: Even the smallest stones are useful to Akie, as she demonstrates with the masterpiece above, which includes a small white mouse

Small artwork: Even the smallest stones are useful to Akie, as she demonstrates with the masterpiece above, which includes a small white mouse

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

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

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

On the run: this beautiful portrait of a white owl seems extremely realistic with its individually painted pieces of fur

On the run: this beautiful portrait of a white owl seems extremely realistic with its individually painted pieces of fur

On the run: this beautiful portrait of a white owl seems extremely realistic with its individually painted pieces of fur

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