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.
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020