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.
01. Colossal Squid
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 Bright Feed. “I don’t use any adhesive, marker pens, or anything else.”
02. Jewel Beetle
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.
03. Horned Puffin
“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.
04. Cuckoo Wasp
05. White Rooster
10. Horned Owl
11. Emperor Penguin Chick
12. Green Tree Python
14. Bee (Nomia (Hoplonomia) Incerta)
16. Pygmy Jerboa
17. American Bison
19. Giant Isopod
20. Paper Nautilus
22. Japanese Paradise Flycatcher
26. Diving Beetle
27. Camel Spider
28. Violin Beetle
29. Tufted Puffin
30. Weevil (Pachyrhynchus Infernalis)
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