As a belated celebration of Labor Day (that we celebrated laboring, of course), here’s the next one in our series of Working Girls: D is for Dog Walker. This is such a fun project but it really has to take a backseat to all the actual work and so the progress is slow. But we’re doing it.
Eli, no! is a delightful little book by Katie Kirk. We found it a long time ago online when it was still waiting to be published and waited impatiently for the book that we could buy. It’s a story of a dog named Eli and all the things he does that make his owners scream the title of the book and it will ring quite true to any dog owners out there.
The book is illustrated in a simple vector style with bold colors and unobtrusive typography, which results in a fun, modern look. But its greatest appeal lies in how each spread reflects an observation of some typical dog behavior – and how well these are translated into the book medium.
(Is this the Louvre in the background? That would be quite awesome. But it’s certainly an awesome squirrel.)
The next two are possibly my favorite spreads, one with food, one with letters:
And a heartwarming conclusion (spoiler, I guess):
Aaand we’re back. As was obvious from the illustrations, we spent this year’s holiday in Paris (again), where we had a great time (again). We also bought a few books we will want to share with you but first, as promised before our leave, we want to share a few unique finds from Warsaw Book Fair. Because many of the books we bought tempted us with their canine heroes, we decided to make them the theme of today’s post.
This one by Beatrice Rodriguez is called The Chicken Thief and it is created completely without words. In fact, the only way the title appears is on an additional sleeve, so that the book can remain word-free. It’s an exciting picaresque about a kidnapping and a chase, including themes of friendship and forbidden love. The level of wordless storytelling is truly impressive and the author makes great use of the panoramic size of the book, which gives illustrations their unique character and structure.
Chien Fou is another little gem about perseverance and the rewards of hope. It’s also about a little dog that runs a lot. The illustrations are guaranteed to make you a little sad and then quite happy. Also, do notice the lovely colors and masterful page compositions.
Attention, voila Grand loup! is a simpler books for smaller children but it makes a great use of paper flaps where small animals hide from the big wolf (unnecessarily, it will turn out in an optimistic ending). Also, even though the illustrations are clearly much simpler, they manage not to be bland and boring. We enjoyed discovering who’s hiding behind the curtain or in the closet quite a lot and I’m sure for a small kid it must be quite an adventure.
Finally, Le Petit Loup Rouge is a book we first saw online a while ago and we didn’t even know if it was actually published. We loved it back then and we loved it even more when we saw it in all its paper glory. It’s a marvelously illustrated tale in the best tradition of surrealist fairy-telling. It also has gorgeous typography and lovely atmosphere. There’s nothing not to adore about this one.
In case it made you wonder, most of these books happen to be in French because French literature was the theme of this year’s Fair. We bought books in English and in Polish too, they just didn’t happen to be about foxes, wolves or dogs: but we will share at least some of those at some later time. At any rate, for a moment we could’ve fooled ourselves that having already bought books in French we won’t need to buy them in Paris so maybe for once we’ll come back with not too heavy a bag but, of course, we were so, so wrong, as you will see next week.
We got lovely post this week: an author copy of UC.Quarterly, a publication by Under Consideration. To our joy, Dog Days poster appeared on Quipsologies a while ago and then made it to the publication which “features 48 of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects from across our blogs” (their words, not ours).
The magazine has a pretty charming zine quality, with newspaper-thin paper and rubber binding (except, of course, it’s better designed than most zines) and our poster looks like this:
It’s a national holiday here which gave us a long(ish) weekend and so we got delayed in our posting schedule with all the fun and baking. As for baking we made a mean chocolate-and-chestnut cake. As for fun, we made more Lego dogs from our pixel poster of famous dogs. Enjoy more squarish canines and we might even get this collection finished next week, just for the sense of completion.
Today’s post is brought to you by Lego. Or actually it’s brought to you by us and our love of Lego, much as we wouldn’t mind some official endorsement. We are in the process of recreating the Dog Days poster in Lego blocks because can there be a better combination than dogs, Lego and pixels? Maybe, but we can’t think of one at all.
Also, we really needed a break from all the serious work we’ve been doing and so please enjoy Lego Dog Days (part 1).
For our post-wedding session we really wanted to pose with a bunch of huskies but, unfortunately, we don’t own such a pack. Luckily, one of our neighbors does and so we arranged to have the dogs pose with us in return for a logo for the company. We actually enjoyed this arrangement because it seemed like a fun challenge to design a logo-shaped husky. Also, we just like drawing dogs.
The company is a small family business, or really just a husky-lover who owns over twenty dogs and puts them to work by making them pull sled in winter and help in dogotherapy and sometimes pose for pictures with people like us. His are not exactly sports dogs so we decided to aim for a more friendly look.
Please be informed that this is for now work in progress.
The first logo uses a full dog silhouette with a grid of snow.
The other one is just a husky’s head that we took pains not to make too sports-team like so that it wouldn’t feel aggressive but more huggable (they are really huggable).
And here is one of our pictures with the monochromatic version of the logo.
Should you be superinterested in what it’s like to have your pictures taken with huskies, I wrote more about it here.