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THE LONDON LOOK

When Zoe Zhang relocated from China to England she couldn’t stop sketching London’s four-legged lifestyle.

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THE LONDON LOOK

When Zoe Zhang was four, she fell in love. Her mother brought home a shih-tzu pup and Zhang was smitten. After a 16-year relationship, her furry pal passed away and Zhang moved from China to London to study illustration. “In London, I could see dogs everywhere,” Zhang says, “I found the lifestyle of dogs in the UK so different to the dogs in China. In the UK, dogs can be taken on the train, in shops and cafés, and you don’t see many homeless dogs.”

Zhang’s dog spotting encouraged her to start a project drawing four-legged Londoners. She’d do a quick sketch in the park and then recreate each one at home as a collage. Mostly in black and white, Zhang’s works are full of life, movement, and texture, with funny titles like ‘Beer Belly’, and ‘Look! Beautiful Lady’. “When I draw dogs, I realise that the relationship between dogs and owners are really like parents and children,” she says. We tend to agree.


All artwork by Zoe Zhang
zoeyuezhang.com

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ISSUE NINE — BUY NOW

In our Spring issue, there’s much to be in high spirits about. We go behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. We hang with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. We find five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. We celebrate Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. We travel to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. We ask five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and we embrace illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals.
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