Earlier this year we introduced you to Aditya Aryanto, the photo retoucher who transformed real-life animals into cubed creatures with boxy bodies and squared snouts, in a series entitled Minecraft in Real Life (or Anicube). In his latest series entitled Aniball, Aryanto takes his editing skills in a new direction—from hard edges, to soft rounded ones—by warping animals into balloon-like creatures.
Aryanto uses public domain photos of domestic and wild animals. To edit them, he uses the liquify tool on Photoshop to bloat out the bodies until they look so full of air they might just pop. Often editing out the animal’s legs and feet, tigers, foxes, pandas, and even an elephant appear to drift upwards like huge balloons. Aryanto explains, “Imagination is always needed to make a new animal’s form. This time, I am trying to make them different; to be round. I was curious about the response, so I tried to upload them on Instagram, and the result was beyond my expectation.”
Keep up to date with Aditya Aryanto’s surreal animal photos on Instagram.