Back Airpup on Crowd Supply.
Because there are no animals that fly by buoyancy, balloons’ closest animal analogs are sea creatures. As a small balloon Airpup needs a high volume shape. So does the Nerpa, a tiny seal with a thick layer of blubber living in frigid Lake Baikal.
photo by Sergio Tittarini, CC-BY 2016
Starting from the Nerpa as inspiration for a friendly sky seal, Justin created Airpup in Krita, the open source digital painting tool.
Airpup in-flight photos by Colleen Donaldson