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Drought Tips From Italic Studio

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This week has been hot. Many people are surprisingly raising an uproar, surprised that this is happening now, so late in the Summer. For people who have lived in Los Angeles for years, the September heat wave is something expected: it may be warm all year, but—in September—it is hot.

To make heat matters worse, we are in a drought right now. We can share our version of drought tips all we want but sometimes the best way to express how to cope with the heat and the dryness is to visualize the problem—and the solution. Local design studio Italic did exactly that, drawing inspiration from the current climatic drama: they made little online playing cards of drought tips.

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Jia Han’s Illustrious Dogs

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Personally, I don’t think we give dogs much attention. While our treatment of them is ethically contested, they still are our best friends. They’re beautiful and funny and offer a type of unrivaled companionship that only they know how to do. They are very important to us!

I think illustrator Jia Han would agree with this. She recently did a study of various dog breeds that analyzes and celebrates their nature. They also appear to be so simple on their surface but are an incredible layering of materials pull out the personality of pups.

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Salene Jang’s Small Memories

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Salene Jang describes herself as an illustrator and designer “who likes pretty things and animals.” That seems a bit on the surface of what she can do but, when you look at her work, you do find that she excels at sharing those two subjects and often colliding them together. Her paintings in particular are extremely good looking in that they use bold colors to build worlds of wonder, places and scenes that are almost too spectacular to process. In a way, they’re her way of processing the world—and little memories she may has.

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Cactus Club’s Illustrative Nature Prints

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Sometimes I’m sent work by a friend or reader about an artist we should check out and I’m like, “Wait: haven’t I already written about this person?” Often, this is a very easy thing to recognize. Sometimes, it isn’t which is the case with Cactus Club, which is local Melinda Tracy Boyce’s paper good shop name. Her work is illustrative and jewel toned and is simultaneously a processing of Southern California nature paired with general animal buddies.

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Zachary Zezima’s Introverted Cruising

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At the beginning of June, I went on my first cruise for work. It was a job where I’d be working by myself as a television show filmed and was basically all by myself as everyone around me was having fun. It was both great and terrible.

Zachary Zezima is a New York animator currently based in Los Angeles as he attends CalArts. He made a little animation this year called CRUISING which feels surprisingly similar to my experience of a cruise ship: I was alone, at sea, despite being surrounded by people. It’s a very unique experience that he captures in such a bright, light way.

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Ghana Must Go Fiber CAFAM Los Angeles

CAFAM is hosting a two day event called Ghana Must Go on November 1 and November 2. There will be a trunk show, West African inspired works, performances, and more.

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Fit, Form, Function Compton

Fit, Form, Function is a new (and first) Compton based arts journal. They’re hoping to explore a few things, their first issue specifically speaking to “objects we do not touch.” If you want to get involved, send in submissions by November 15.

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House Of Modern Horrors Alex Miller Los Angeles Halloween 2014

In case you need more frights this weekend, Alex Miller is bringing an immersive exhibition called the House Of Modern Horrors. It’s a cringeworthy event showcasing “nightmares that haunt our reality.” EEeEeEeeeEE. There will also be some comedians, too.

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