CULTURE & ARTS

With Paper And A Love Of Nature, An Instagram Artist Is Perfecting The Silhouette

Sometimes the simplest of art projects are the most intriguing.

Nikolai Tolstyh describes himself as a "natural craftsman." So it makes sense that the artist has begun a project carving animal silhouettes from paper and taking them into nature to photograph for his Instagram account.

Using his French Opinel blade, he carves a variety of animals and artfully juxtaposes them with woodland scenes. His earthy images have already gained over 13,000 followers. Behold:

  • Flamingo
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Flamingo
  • Catfish
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Catfish
  • Parrot
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Parrot
  • Moose
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Moose
  • Beaver
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Beaver
  • Komodo Dragon
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Komodo Dragon
  • Dragonfly
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Dragonfly
  • Polar Bear
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Polar Bear
  • Mouse
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Mouse
  • Hummingbird
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Hummingbird
  • Mountain Goat
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Mountain Goat
  • Butterfly
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Butterfly
  • Owl
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Owl
  • Chipmunk
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Chipmunk
  • Ferret
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Ferret
  • Marten
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Marten
  • Giraffe
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Giraffe
  • Deer
    Nikolai Tolstyh
    Deer

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