Bugs have a way of getting under people’s skin. Sometimes literally, but mostly figuratively.
But one artist found a way to depict the creepiest and crawliest of creatures in the cutest way possible.
Look at those spindly antennae!
And those big eyes!
And that fuzzy spiky hair. Ick!
One Japanese artist, Raku Inoue, is making bugs beautiful again by recreating insects and arachnids with plants.
Each Inoue flower bug is based on a real insect, so they almost look like they could come to life and crawl off the page.
Not only does this piece of bug art look so impressive, it probably smells lovely too. This little guy is no stink bug.
Inoue used real plants and flowers to create each of his floral bugs.
Then, he photographed them…
It’s used a lot in Asian cooking and tastes like a cross between mint and cilantro.
Plus, it makes for quite a beautiful moth.
The detail is incredible.
These intricate creations are beyond impressive.
This is artful, plain and simple.
And the choice of medium is a wonder in its own right.
Maybe because they are the most beautiful bugs to begin with.
But Inoue’s art goes beyond bugs.
Take a visit to his page.
You’ll never want to leaf…
This playful mixed-media piece shows that Inoue has an incredible range of abilities! But there’s no doubt that plants and flowers play a huge part of every piece he makes.
You might still freak out if it brushed your leg, though.
While you might not appreciate when actual bugs are crawling all over you, there’s something magical about the marriage of bugs and flowers that Inoue captures beautifully.