They say practice makes perfect so Masayoshi Matsumoto, an artist who has been perfecting his craft for 10 years, should be pretty good, right? No. He's amazing. The guy creates balloon sculptures so intricate, every single one of his pieces seem to breathe with life.

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Colossal Squid

Colossal Squid

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A Rose Among Thorns
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1 year ago

Already my favorite

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What makes Matsumoto stand out from the crowd is how insanely familiar he is with the material. "My creations are one hundred percent balloon-only," the 29-year-old told Bored Panda. "I don't use any adhesive, marker pens, or anything else."

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Jewel Beetle

Jewel Beetle

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Susann Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

I like this one because it doesn't have those gugoillie creepily bumps or bubbles. I know I have that thing about seeing frog eggs still in a frog kinda of thing and I don't know the phobia word for it.

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Once you know that, the limbs, spikes, and other little details elevate his pieces to another level. Majestic mammals, graceful birds, and pesky insects with their incredibly textural exoskeletons are only part of the artist's body of work. Fauna aside, Matsumoto also portrays plants and fungi, including cacti and morel mushrooms.

#3

Horned Puffin

Horned Puffin

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Colleen Campbell Barker
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh my. This looks so real :-)

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"A lot of my work revolves around nature because I've been fascinated with it since I was very young," Matsumoto said. The artist added that his sculptures aren't products of spontaneity; they're the offspring of careful and deliberate planning. Once he's done designing a particular piece, Matsumoto usually spends 2-5 hours blowing and twisting the balloons.

#4

Cuckoo Wasp

Cuckoo Wasp

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Peter Dylan
Community Member
1 year ago

This is amazing! sculpture status

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#5

White Rooster

White Rooster

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

i love how the deflated red balloon is expressed. (what do you call that on a chicken?)

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#6

Blobfish

Blobfish

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Char Char
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1 year ago

Looks like my 2nd grade teacher.

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#7

Ermine

Ermine

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Sh4dowcat
Community Member
1 year ago

So CUTE!!!

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#8

Assassinfly

Assassinfly

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Von
Community Member
1 year ago

Incredible!!!

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#9

Poodle

Poodle

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
1 year ago

Puffy!

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#10

Horned Owl

Horned Owl

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Magic567
Community Member
1 year ago

looks angry! so cute

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#11

Emperor Penguin Chick

Emperor Penguin Chick

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

Awwwwwwwh!

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#12

Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python

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Molly Block
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahaha, I bet this was one of the easiest ones for him!

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#13

Flamingo

Flamingo

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Anna Barceloca
Community Member
1 year ago

Wondering how the neck balloon stays so curvy against all physical odds.

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#14

Bee (Nomia (Hoplonomia) Incerta)

Bee (Nomia (Hoplonomia) Incerta)

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Borednana
Community Member
1 year ago

beautiful! I love his bees...

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#15

Scarab

Scarab

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Karasi Mills
Community Member
1 year ago

Dude- these insects and arachnids are phenomenal!!

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#16

Pygmy Jerboa

Pygmy Jerboa

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

aww

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#17

American Bison

American Bison

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Plasma soldier
Community Member
1 year ago

Bubble-o

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#18

Mudskipper

Mudskipper

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

How is this not higher?!

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#19

Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

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Isabella kratosisy
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1 year ago

Kabuto

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#20

Paper Nautilus

Paper Nautilus

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Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

You quite captured them! Lovely!

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#21

Pangolin

Pangolin

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Plasma soldier
Community Member
1 year ago

These little guys are on the endangered list, please help save them!

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#22

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher

Japanese Paradise Flycatcher

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Lydia Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

THAT TAIL.

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#23

Dobsonfly

Dobsonfly

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Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

really cool

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#24

Kiwi

Kiwi

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Peter Dylan
Community Member
1 year ago

this reminded me of the small intestines...

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#25

Walrus

Walrus

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Lydia Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

the eyes

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#26

Diving Beetle

Diving Beetle

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Olivia Lai
Community Member
1 year ago

awwwww i dislike bugs but this is cuteeee

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#27

Camel Spider

Camel Spider

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Char Char
Community Member
1 year ago

Realistically creepy!

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#28

Violin Beetle

Violin Beetle

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Karasi Mills
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! The color!!

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#29

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

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Lydia Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

those eyes are staring at me....

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#30

Weevil (Pachyrhynchus Infernalis)

Weevil (Pachyrhynchus Infernalis)

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Lydia Washburn
Community Member
1 year ago

eek

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