Stones are everywhere—the Earth itself is a giant rock. This is probably why they don't get much attention and they're outright ignored, or thought of as dull. Akie Nakata, also known as the Stone Artist, sees an exception to this rule. She has been drawing adorable animals on natural stones since 2010 and over time, she has built quite a solid collection and some of her unique artworks have already been featured on Bored Panda.

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Maria Rangel Lemus
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1 year ago

too real omg

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We got an extensive and exclusive interview from the Stone Artist and we have to tell you⁠—she views her beautiful drawings in a very unique way. For her, stones are not just art mediums that she just draws on. First, on her usual walk along the riverbank, she finds a stone that catches her eye:

"When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them."

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Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

Baby owl!! Bay owl!!!

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

No-THIS is my favourite!!

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Some things may be as insensitive as a rock, but Akie Nakata is sensitive to rocks in particular. The artist leaves the shape of the stone untouched. She neither grinds nor smooths them, as she likes to stay true to the stone that inspired her. "In my encounters with the stones and in my animal drawings, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life I feel inside the stone. I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a unique artwork is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone."

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Wendy Wee
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1 year ago

Love it

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Lama Lady
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1 year ago

Favourite!

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When encountering a unique perspective like this, one naturally wonders how this stone started rolling. She has liked collecting rocks and drawing cute animals since she was a child. But these interests stayed separate, like two pebbles, for a while. One day, it all clicked when she was taking a walk along a river bank and saw a stone that looked "like a rabbit and nothing else."

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J Rob
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1 year ago

I like the before and after shots.

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Maria Rangel Lemus
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1 year ago

lookit those eyes! <3

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The artist stressed that the stone art pieces in these images have already been adopted, and thus are not available for sale, but that she would be delighted if the viewers could simply enjoy the images themselves. You can do that by following her on her social media. And for now, here it is: a pile of seemingly dull rocks that were turned into something quite remarkable and super cute. Goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in Akie's case, hands of the craftsman. Enjoy this refreshing cocktail of adorable animals on the rocks. Cheers.

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Avery S Alberico
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1 year ago

I want one in my pocket!

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Missy Moo Moo
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1 year ago

It looks real!

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Kanga9ine
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1 year ago

I love this. She captures the soul that speaks to her in every pair of eyes. I fall right into them.

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Wendy Wee
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1 year ago

Wow!

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SpillTheTea
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1 year ago

The eyes look alive.

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Ruby
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1 year ago

What a talent!

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Autumn Walton
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1 year ago

That's gorgeous but ...uhh... i don't think their necks bend that way. >_< (sry. it 's rlly pretty tho)

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SilverFoX
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1 year ago

Those eyes are amazing!!!!

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SpillTheTea
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1 year ago

The fur looks textured.

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Chancey
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1 year ago

My favorite!!!

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Suzanne Thun
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1 year ago

Truly Special!

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Suzanne Thun
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1 year ago

Love!

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Maggie Dougherty
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1 year ago

Such a sweet puppy! <3

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Maggie Dougherty
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1 year ago

Rainbow Trout...Nice one..

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Avery S Alberico
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1 year ago

Feed them pebbles

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Mark Serbian
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1 year ago

WHO are you?

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Katherine Boag
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1 year ago

Look out!

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bdunbar@kcls.org
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1 year ago

These are so very lovely. They eyes have it........and you found a way to express them. THank you

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Sophie Yuan
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1 year ago

Its a FLOOF!

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bdunbar@kcls.org
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1 year ago

Oh Bella Canine!!!!!! It looks like my Joley girl ;-)

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Avery S Alberico
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1 year ago

*shniff *shniff

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Mark Serbian
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1 year ago

Great ... now I'm gonna be singing "Baby Shark" for the rest of the day!

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Gale Langseth Vester
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1 year ago

Slow loris! Okay, it would be slow even if it weren't painted on stone, as that's the name of the animal. Lovely!

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