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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

Cruising Zachary Zezima

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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Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?

Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? An Artistic Pairing of Two Iconic Cities Nick Lu Eric Firiat Diane Ratican 3

We got a message from local illustrator Nick Lu about a cool project he worked on that compares our city to another beloved city. Working with writer Diane Ratican and illustrator Eric Giriat, the group created the book Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?. It’s a little comparative study for the two, a love story dedicated to two of the world’s most beloved cities. In looking at the work, a funny thing comes up: we have a lot more in common with the French city than we think.

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Summer Fridays Willie Jane

Venice’s Willie Jane has a special Summer Friday happening that could be a great way to get out of the office: from 11:30AM to 2:30PM, you can get some of their salads, sandwiches, and plates along with “botanical cocktails.” Yum!

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Good Luck Gallery Elias Telles

The next Good Luck Gallery show features the work of folk artist Elias Telles. The show opens August 2 and will be on view through August 30.

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Andrea Richards Thelma And Louise Clockshop

Clockshop is having an outdoor screening of Thelma & Louise as a part of their My Atlas series. It’s being presented by writer Andrea Richards, too.

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Butterfly Release Party Pavillion Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

August 3 is the last day that the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion will be open. To celebrate and to have a befitting end, they are releasing the butterflies to the wild. Would be family fun!

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