Animals have always been a part of both traditional and digital photo-manipulations and collages. A trend that is especially popular is replacing human heads with those of other animals, or simply changing some of the elements of a human face or even adding something extra. Some perfect named examples of this are the centaur (a cross between a human and a horse) and a minotaur (cross between a human and a bull).
As with anything, these trends have developed over the years and with the likes of digital software such as Photoshop we have the ability to be much more creative, doing things that we never used to be able to do before. This post showcases an awesome collection of animal photo-manipulations, followed by a small selection of great tutorials.
This fantastic and minimalistic manipulation (and the following two) were created by Pope Saint Victor Design. The illustrations you see here are quick illustrations completed in a very short amount of time.
Just like "Catzilla", "I Have Also Seen This In Paris" is another manipulated piece that includes very oversized animals in the middle of a city, overall making for a very interesting piece of work. The piece is by Ben Heine, a Belgian artist.
This hilarious piece of work by Sebastian Niedlich (link for artist page can be found above) is enough to make anybody laugh (or at least smile)! It was very a quick manipulation well worth the short amount of time spent on it.
Well, this is possibly one of the weirdest things I've ever seen - I'm not sure if you feel the same way? The piece is titled "Moo", which as far as I can see has nothing to do with the manipulation itself!
This is definitely something you don't see everyday: a snail with a rocket on its back! The smoking effects and reflections in the rocket make this piece very realistic.
"Beast!" is an awesome manipulation with a post-apocalyptic feel to it. The low saturation color scheme works tremendously well with the rest of the artwork.
This fantastic typography-based piece is to help raise the awareness of global warming. Several animals have been manipulated into the piece to increase how realistic the poster is.
This piece by Cocodmor is possibly one of my favorites in this showcase. I love the tinted colors and how simple the idea behind the manipulation is.
This experimental poster makes use of abstract 'liquid'-style shapes to track the bird's movements through the sky, making it visually appealing to look at.
This great poster makes use of so many current trends: grungy texture, sci-fi style lighting effects, awesome typography illustrations and animal/human manipulations - wow!
Yet another super-giant animal (this time a chicken) strolling through the city. This piece was created by "The Short Straw" as a personal project.
This weird manipulation by Sebastian Niedlich is very strange but at the same time very cool, and hopefully nothing we'll ever see whilst taking a walk in the park - if you ever do, it's safe to say the world has gone terribly wrong!
These fantastic illustrative manipulations by creative Kim Jerbo use so many great techniques and are just so pleasing to look at. I love how all of the animals are evaporating into thin air in the shapes of their own spots, marks and stripes.
Animal (Related) Photo-Manipulation Tutorials
Learn how to create an abstract photo manipulation with a heavy 'hand-drawn' and 'painted' style.
Use stock images to create a digital illustration in Photoshop.
Learn how to create a breath-taking scenery by combining two photos and applying several photo effects.
Combine six stock photographs together using various skills and techniques to produce a fantasy scene.
Using a portrait of a woman and several other stock photos you will be creating a portrait of Medusa.
You'll be creating a fantasy illustration in this tutorial by merging two images into one using Layer Masks and the Liquify Filter.
Using a little imagination and a few hours of your time, you can teach yourself how to create an awesome piece of abstract manipulated art.
In this tutorial you'll be learning how to mash up a series of photographs to create a highly creative poster based on a famous painting from the 1800's.
Learn how to create a dead "robot fly" with a very limited selection of resources.
Get creative with some wildlife and a glass bottle and learn how to create effects reminiscent of Smirnoff's famous 'bottle as lens' advertisements.
Learn how to combine several manipulation skills to create a fantastical creature from a human portrait.
Bring a simple concept to life and give it a fantastic final result by following this tutorial through from start to finish.