Puzzle game inspires an artist to rethink the concept of animal portraits

Puzzle game inspires an artist to rethink the concept of animal portraits

If you played Tangram as a child, constructing objects from various shapes may bring back a familiar creative urge. That’s what seems to have happened to French artist, Manoou, who was inspired by the concept of the ancient Chinese game and applied its technique to an extensive series of brilliant animal portraits.

The images are intricate, lifelike and playful and can being framed as art prints or used to decorate anything from T-Shirts and mugs to iPhone cases, pillows and watch faces. They’ve been known to inspire tattoos as well.

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fox cercle 

dear birds
Deer Birds

RVB de base
tea time! 

raccoon
raccoon nerd 

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 mr wolf

Orange cat
orange cat

Manoou has created a collection of nearly 100 animal drawings in this style, which are all gathered in a collection on his Behance artist page, while various prints and gift items featuring the portraits can be purchased on his Society6 page.

Manoou on Behance

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