Digital collage artist Arne Olav Gurvin Fredriksen uses Photoshop to create strange—and often hilarious—hybrid creatures by mixing different animal parts together. A project that started purely as a hobby, Fredriksen began making his photo manipulations in 2012. Each “cross-breed” is posted on Instagram on a regular basis, where the artist’s 14,000+ fans can vote to name them.
From a sealion/horse creature named a Horseal to a Labrador puppy/albatross combo called a Labratross, Fredriksen renders his weird and wonderful critters by first finding two images that go well together. “The angle has to be right, and it helps a lot if the skin/fur textures are approximately similar. This is the hardest part,” Fredriksen explains on Reddit. After placing the head on the other animal’s body, the artist then uses various Photoshop tools to move, erase, and blend parts of the background so that the make-believe beast looks like it’s in its real-life habitat. Fredriksen also makes sure to credit the original photographers when possible.
No matter the combination, whether it’s a big, friendly Pugilla (a gorilla body with a pug head) or a majestic Dorse (a white horse with a duck’s head), each entry in the series showcases Fredriksen’s fantastic imagination and sense of humor!
You can find more of Fredriksen’s “animal blends” on Instagram.