Vibrant and striking, Anna Süßbauer’s illustrated pups romp, lollop and laze in cascades of red, blue and green. Working as a graphic designer formed Süßbauer’s love of clear structures and bright aesthetics, all of which feed into her quirky canine creations. And of course, her two dogs Eddie and Patsy provide endless inspiration. “I love dogs for their ability to be fully present, without worrying about the next moment,” she says, a surprisingly self-dubbed “melancholic and pensive” type. “They truly embrace their whole bodies when they are happy. And the best part is that every dog has its very own sense of humour!”
Süßbauer, who works digitally, captures each funny little tendency in lucent colours and a reduced palette to lend each one specific charm. During the #100daychallenge on Instagram, she not only illustrated 100 hounds but gave each its own short poem: “It wasn’t about different breeds of dogs really, but more about whimsical characters. I allowed myself to go wild with this! I wanted it to be very joyful and fun. In the end I made a little book out of it and gave it away to family, friends, colleagues and customers.”
As their namesakes would whoop, how absolutely fabulous.
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019