At first glance, these animals are indistinguishable from the real thing. In fact, they are painted resin sculptures by Singaporean artist Keng Lye, who painstakingly creates these pieces by layering epoxy resin and colouring in life-like details in acrylic paint.
Lye explains his process on This Is Colossal:
I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore.
The images of these jaw-dropping pieces recently went viral, with many asking Lye if they are for sale -- but the artist explains that “the problem with this kind of art is that it requires a great deal of time to complete, therefore they won’t come cheap.” The curious and any serious art collectors can judge for themselves over at Keng Lye's DeviantArt site.