Keng Lye is a Singapore based artist that manages to create amazingly accurate and lifelike images of animals. Using a layered process involving painting a layer of the animal then pouring resin on top of it, some wonderful images are created. To top it off he adds a physical element to the top of it making it actually protrude.
The series, entitled ‘Alive Without Breath’, shows various animals such as a fish, turtle, and octopus all appearing like real animals stuck in a portrait. He would paint each layer meticulously, pour a layer of acrylic, and keep going to give an optical illusion of the animal. Taking it a step further, he would use random items such as an eggshell for the turtle to give it a real 3d effect. (deviantART)