These animal cutouts are neat. Artist Nikolai Tolstyh cuts out animal shapes and holds them up against natural backgrounds, making some pretty great art.
Nikolai Tolstyh has a different way of creating art. He uses simple cutouts of animals from paper but superimposes them with natural backgrounds, like trees or leaves.
The result is beautiful in its simplicity; the way the textures complement each other is quite artistic.
As you can see, the backgrounds are not random.
Each background coincides with the animal cutout to make a neat image. An elk gets a moss/bark background; the cougar gets a yellow aspen leaf background.
Although his art form is simple, there is something deeper and more meaningful to the backgrounds he chooses for what animal cutout.
Follow Nikolai on Instagram to see his process and other cool art he posts.