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Raku Inoue Makes Beautiful Portraits of Animals Using Flowers

We often think of art as simply drawing, painting, and graphic design, but there’s more to it.

Raku Inoue is an artist that uses flowers for his work. These usually consist of animal portraits. These are delicate portraits that give us a different way to see these beautiful creatures.

15. This Beautiful Spring Beetle

The color palette is just gorgeous.

14. A Rose Scorpion

Lethal insects never looked so beautiful.

13. A Beautiful Fox

Fierce indeed!

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Everyday Masquerade: "Smiling Fox" (3/3) – Don't be fooled by the smiles and the laughs. Deep inside, this poor fox drowns in misery and loneliness. – – #nature #flower #floral #creative #creative #masks #masquerade #Montreal #MTL #Japan #Tokyo #design #art #photography #graphic

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12. A Beautiful Heart

A beating heart.

11. Flamenco

It’s clear the artist took great care to find the right flowers for the project.

10. A Wonderful Orca

Just look at it go!

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Natura Memorial 2020: “Whale” (3/3) – It's been a little more than a year since my step-father passed away in early December 2018. Its crazy to see how much time flies by when Im being propelled by the currents of life. Many things happened since his passing that I wish he was here to witness but that's unrealistic. I sometime find myself reminiscing, looking back when he was well and alive. He lived simply while appreciating the small things of life..I now realize that he taught me immensely without saying a word. His presence, then and now is much heartfelt and he is still being missed. May he rest in peace. – As part of a memorial, I produced a set of three images after Reynald's passing in 2018. An owl symbolizing his wisdom, a rhinoceros beetle for his strength and finally a white tiger capturing his kindness. I was particularly fond of the white tiger and how it shared his blue eyes. Few months later in 2019, The white tiger was featured on the cover of @craftcouncil April's issue and I'm sure Reynald is looking down on this smiling. Today, a year after, I wish to celebrate this with two new creations as company. Enjoy:) – #nature #art #creative #design #jellyfish #craft #MTL #montreal #Japan #Tokyo #floral #photography #inspiration

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9. The Wildest Jellyfish

Definitely the most beautiful one we’ve seen!

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Natura Memorial 2020: “Jellyfish” (1/3) – It's been a little more than a year since my step-father passed away in early December 2018. Its crazy to see how much time flies by when Im being propelled by the currents of life. Many things happened since his passing that I wish he was here to witness but that's unrealistic. I sometime find myself reminiscing, looking back when he was well and alive. He lived simply while appreciating the small things of life..I now realize that he taught me immensely without saying a word. His presence, then and now is much heartfelt and he is still being missed. May he rest in peace. – As part of a memorial, I produced a set of three images after Reynald's passing in 2018. An owl symbolizing his wisdom, a rhinoceros beetle for his strength and finally a white tiger capturing his kindness. I was particularly fond of the white tiger and how it shared his blue eyes. Few months later in 2019, The white tiger was featured on the cover of American Crafts April's issue and I'm sure Reynald is looking down on this smiling. Today, a year after, I wish to celebrate this with two new creations as company. Enjoy:) – #nature #art #creative #design #jellyfish #craft #MTL #montreal #Japan #Tokyo #floral #photography #inspiration

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8. A Most Wonderful Butterfly

So bright and beautiful.

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Natura Insects Midnight Spectrum: “Butterfly” (3/3) Imaginative: : to be able to perceive colours in a pitch dark space. – – #nature #art #design #craft #photography #graphic-design #MTL #Montreal #Japan #Tokyo #creativity #flower #insects #floral

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7. Yet Another Beautiful Scorpion

This one seems more island-themed.

6. Lovely Green Panda

Like we’ve never seen before!

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Protect the Species 2.0: "Chinese Giant Panda" (3/3) These endangered species need our help. Please help us raise awareness and be part of the movement to saving them from extinction. @thepangaia – – #nature #love #earth #creative #Pangaia #flower #arrangement #design #MTL #Montreal #Japan #Tokyo

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5. Check Out This Rhino!

What a way to use nature.

4. A Peaceful Elephant

In its element.

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Protect the Species – The Pangaia x Nadya Hutagalung: Sumatran Elephant Sumatran elephant is one of the species that need all our help and protection. A collaboration with UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador @nadyahutagalung and @thepangaia for a new collection. All proceeds are donated to @socp.official and @barumunnagari. 👉🌍🌎🌏👈🏿

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3. Look At This Beautiful Dragonfly

Made with love and care.

2. A Mini-Garden

A bit different but still wonderful.

1. This Seahorse Will Lift Anyone’s Spirits!

These are the colors of sunshine.

Raku Inoue is a talented artist indeed!

It takes a lot of skill to create these delicate portraits. Recently he’s been focusing on artwork that brings attention to animals that are going extinct.

In the meantime, you can view more of Inoue’s work on Instagram or his official website.

Did you like Inoue’s work? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.