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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

This is amazing! sculpture status

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#5

White Rooster

White Rooster

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Luis Milian 4 months 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 4 months ago

Looks like my 2nd grade teacher.

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#7

Ermine

Ermine

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Sh4dowcat 4 months ago

So CUTE!!!

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#8

Assassinfly

Assassinfly

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Von 4 months ago

Incredible!!!

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#9

Poodle

Poodle

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Petra Christovová 4 months ago

Puffy!

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#10

Horned Owl

Horned Owl

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Magic567 4 months ago

looks angry! so cute

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#11

Emperor Penguin Chick

Emperor Penguin Chick

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Dani 4 months ago

Awwwwwwwh!

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#12

Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python

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Molly Block 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

beautiful! I love his bees...

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#15

Scarab

Scarab

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Karasi Mills 4 months ago

Dude- these insects and arachnids are phenomenal!!

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#16

Pygmy Jerboa

Pygmy Jerboa

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

aww

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#17

American Bison

American Bison

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Plasma soldier 4 months ago

Bubble-o

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#18

Mudskipper

Mudskipper

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Dani 4 months ago

How is this not higher?!

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#19

Giant Isopod

Giant Isopod

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Paper Nautilus

Paper Nautilus

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Dani 4 months ago

You quite captured them! Lovely!

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#21

Pangolin

Pangolin

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Plasma soldier 4 months 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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#23

Dobsonfly

Dobsonfly

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Luis Milian 4 months ago

really cool

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#24

Kiwi

Kiwi

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Peter Dylan 4 months ago

this reminded me of the small intestines...

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#25

Walrus

Walrus

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Lydia Washburn 4 months ago

the eyes

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#26

Diving Beetle

Diving Beetle

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Olivia Lai 4 months ago

awwwww i dislike bugs but this is cuteeee

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#27

Camel Spider

Camel Spider

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Char Char 4 months ago

Realistically creepy!

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#28

Violin Beetle

Violin Beetle

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Karasi Mills 4 months ago

Yes! The color!!

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#29

Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

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Lydia Washburn 4 months ago

those eyes are staring at me....

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#30

Weevil (Pachyrhynchus Infernalis)

Weevil (Pachyrhynchus Infernalis)

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Lydia Washburn 4 months ago

eek

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