Jean Jullien doesn’t stop drawing. Whether it’s skateboards for Almost or fashion-week survival cards for Opening Ceremony or stories for The New Yorker, his heavy line work and perky faces are unmistakable. Jullien draws books, too. His most recent, Under Dogs, is a collection of dog drawings, many done while living in New York. “There’s a pretty intense dog culture there, it seems to me,” he explains. “There were a lot of social situations involving dogs: brunch, parks, jogging, grooming… I just loved how the dog seemed like an extension of their owner, following them in most situations.”
Dogs are the humorous heroes in the hardbound book; they lead their owners, they walk each other, and they proudly poop across the pages. Jullien doesn’t have a dog of his own (he grew up in a cat family), but he believes his dog drawings could be an outlet for that frustration. Also, he just likes a dog’s vibe. “I find them to be great narrative vehicles,” he says. “They convey a lot of emotions, even though they often seem to be somewhere in the background more than the foreground. They are like silent-ish companions of most episodes of their owner’s life.” Under Dogs is Jullien’s second tome of dog-based drawings. The first, Ralf, followed the adventures of a slinky sausage dog. Up next? We hope it’s a series dedicated to Jullien’s spirit dog, the shiba inu. “I love the way they look extremely determined and intelligent, but still do dog things like sniffing more than they should…”
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