Akitas, Boxers, and Chihuahuas! We are so happy and proud to introduce our newest alphabet poster, Dogs! Illustrated in collaboration with Lydia Nichols, this jam packed poster features 26 furry little canines of all different breeds. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a custom illustration and accompanied by a fun fact you can use to impress your friends.
For instance, did you know that a Boxer named Brandy holds the record for the world's longest dog tongue, which is an astonishing 17 inches long?! Or that contrary to their cute exterior, Dachshunds were originally bred as fierce small game hunters?
There's more! Zeus the Great Dane was noted in the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records as the world's tallest dog. He measured 44 inches tall at the shoulder, and when standing on his hind legs could stretch up to 7 feet 4 inches!
Lydia was kind enough to do a likeness of our intern, Maddie, for the French Bulldog breed. When Lydia asked, "is there anything unique about Maddie I could have her doing in the illustration?", the first thing I thought was how much she farts. I'm pretty sure excessive farting is a normal trait of a French Bulldog and Maddie is no exception, she can drop some bombs. Here she is below showing her displeasure at her depiction.
As always, we like to include a little proces of our bigger releases and this one was equally fascinating to me. The transformation from sketch to final product is so interesting and Lydia makes it look easy. It's no easy task drawing up 26 unique dog breeds, using 4 colors, and still having a sense of color balance for the poster as a whole. Below are a few before and afters of the sketch to final.
Each poster is an 18x24, 4-color, Limited Edition Screenprint on thick Stardream Lagoon paper. Hand numbered in an edition of 500. The dogs breeds in the poster are Akita, Boxer, Chihuaha, Dachshund, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Great Dane, Harrier, Irish Setter, Jack Russell, King Shepherd, Labrador, Maltese, Newfoundland, Otterhound, Pug, Queensland Heeler, Retriever, Saint Bernard, Toy Poodle, Utonoga, Vizsla, Welsh Terrier, Xoloitzcuintle, Yorkshire Terrier, Zuchon.