You could say that the artwork of Nikolai Tolstyh is collaborative, since he uses the natural beauty around him to color his pieces -- and we mean that literally.
Tolstyh cuts out the silhouettes of various animals from white paper, and then hunts down the perfect backdrops to fill them in.
By placing the outlines over natural backgrounds, Tolstyh invites us to see our surroundings in a totally new way.
The idea is relatively simple, and Tolstyh says that he's inspired by the beauty of nature, as well as by the practice of turning one thing into something else entirely. "I was inspired by nature," he says, "and its colors [and] unusual textures. If you use your imagination, you can easily see a fox in [a] yellow bush and [a deer in tree branches]."