Toads were Caz Watts’s first line of defense. After her freshman year studying illustration at the University of the West of England, Watts battled her lack of direction and feelings of inferiority by drawing cartoons of toads in fancy suits. This soon evolved to dogs and, after Watts drew canine characters on table place tags for a friend’s wedding, the commissions started to pour in.
Now, Watts runs an online store stocked with greeting cards, wrapping paper, napkins, and tea towels printed with her designs. Preferring the juxtaposition of soft and gentle watercolour combined with scratchy fine liner for definition, Watts’s style is reminiscent of Ralph Steadman illustrations, but with a humour and personality that’s her own. “I’m not very neat and tidy when I work,” Watts says. “If paint bleeds or lines aren’t quite right, I leave it as it is. It’s all part of the painting and I like that the illustrations aren’t perfect.”
All artwork by Caz Watts
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
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