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Artist Transformed Foraged Flora Into Ferocious Dinosaur Portraits

Dinosaur Plant Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Found leaves and flowers are transformed into ferocious creatures through the clever arrangements of Raku Inoue 井上 羅来. The Montreal-based artist is known for using natural materials to create visions of verdant animals. This time, however, he's going prehistoric. His latest series, entitled Jurassic Nature, organizes flora into the shapes of recognizable dinosaurs.

From fearsome T-rexes to long-necked Brontosauruses, Inoue finds ways of capturing a range of different animals. Not only does this involve compiling the right mix of leaves and blossoms, but it also requires careful attention to how to layer the pieces into the desired silhouette.

Amazingly, Inoue manages to convey the essence of all these dinosaurs with his limited set of materials. The pointy ridges of a leaf, for example, become the sharp teeth, or even the jagged edges of the creature's spine. Similarly, by lining up leaves in descending size, he can easily create a long swinging tail.

You can purchase prints of Inoue's work via his online store and keep up to date with the artist's latest work by following him on Instagram.

Montreal-based artist Raku Inoue 井上 羅来 creates dinosaurs by arranging plants.

Dinosaur Plant Arrangements by Raku Inoue

He collects leaves, stems, and flowers to make his art.

Dinosaur Plant Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Through clever placement, he is able to render T-Rexes, Velociraptors, and more.

Dinosaur Plant Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Dinosaur Plant Arrangements by Raku Inoue

Raku Inoue: Website | Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Raku Inoue.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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