It’s hard to believe that Yoshimasa Tsuchiya’s life-size creations are made with only wood. Looking like otherworldly creatures, his sculptures appear like something out of a fantasy book – the stuff of dreams and (perhaps) of nightmares.
In an interview with Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Tsuchiya said he envisions his sculptures, “as if something is borrowing the posture of the animals and it’s suddenly appearing” in front of him. “Nobody has ever seen unicorns but I imagine the shape of them by knowing the characteristics of their horns as medicine and that they don’t get attached to, or domesticated by, humans.”
Tsuchiya goes through a rigorous process to complete each of his sculptures. A template is first created and then fitted on a block of wood. Afterward, a saw is used to remove the excess wood. After more carvings and sculpting, the piece of wood is then sanded to smooth out the surface. Plaster and paint are then used to finish the artwork.
Take a look at some of his enchanting creations.