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 stones since 2010 and over time, she has built quite a solid collection, some of which have already been featured on Bored Panda.

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Wendy Wee
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1 week ago

So realistic

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We got an extensive and exclusive interview from the Stone Artist and we have to tell you⁠—she views her works in a very unique way. For her, stones are not just materials or canvases 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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SilverFoX
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1 week ago

So adorable!!!!! I would not believe that they are rocks

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Kanga9ine
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1 week ago

Those eyes are mesmerizing. Must take hours to do these animals.

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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 art, 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 piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone."

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Caroline
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1 week ago

I love that she really use the form of the stone so perfectly!

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Lama Lady
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1 week 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 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 week ago

I like the before and after shots.

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Maria Rangel Lemus
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1 week 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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Hannah Boning
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1 week ago

aw

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Ivy D
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1 week ago

IM GOIN TO HOGWARTS

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JOHANNA MUELLER
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1 week ago

it looks like a mixture of a bird kiwi and a fruit kiwi

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Kanga9ine
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1 week 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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Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover
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1 week ago

This is so adorable! This artist is amazing.

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Iron Roses
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1 week ago

awe

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Autumn Walton
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1 week 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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Gale Langseth Vester
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1 week ago

The eyes and expression are lovely! I think its especially great how the artist could paint the stone in just the way of showing the cheetah raising its head to look at us, using the form of the stone itself as the contours to the cat's body. This one makes me wonder at whether the back is also painted, as its not leaning up against anything.

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SpillTheTea
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1 week ago

The fur looks textured.

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Max Han
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1 week ago

I like how the rock is not entirely painted and instead part of the overall art!

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Suzanne Thun
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1 week ago

Truly Special!

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Spikey Bunny
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1 week ago

What a way to capture this sweet expression! So much talent!!!

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Maggie Dougherty
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1 week ago

Such a sweet puppy! <3

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Maggie Dougherty
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1 week ago

Rainbow Trout...Nice one..

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Avery S Alberico
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1 week ago

Feed them pebbles

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Mark Serbian
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1 week ago

WHO are you?

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Spikey Bunny
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1 week ago

Badgers? We don't need no stinking badgers!!! Oh, wait! Yes, yes we do! Fantastic work!

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bdunbar@kcls.org
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1 week ago

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

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Maggie Dougherty
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1 week ago

An Afghan, if that's how you spell it? They are so pretty, when all brushed out.

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Michelle Muirhead
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1 week ago

Shiba Inu?

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Elizabeth Oh
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1 week ago

Akie's work is stunning! She has the uncanny gift to see the life of what is hidden in the stone. Her attention to details, texture and expression makes her subjects appear to be natural, and obvious in the stone. Inspirational!

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Gale Langseth Vester
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1 week 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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Mark Serbian
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1 week ago

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

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