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Spotlight: Henry James Garrett | Drawings of Dogs

Brighton based illustrator Henry James Garrett aka Drawings of Dogs first created his wonderful illustrated stories after dropping out of his PhD studies due to anxiety. He started drawing and creating stories as a means of soothing his anxiety, which eventually lead to selling greeting cards. This is his story, wonderfully illustrated, of course:

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I first found out about Henry’s illustrations from Pride London who have collaborated with him for this year’s Pride festival. Prior to this he currently has a series of weekly cartoons for The i Newspaper, which features other animals, called Adventures in Anthropomorphism. The comic above is a narrative told by Billie, Henry’s real life dog, which first appeared in CALMzine, a magazine for mental health charity CALM. This makes me love Henry even more because I am a huge supporter of CALM.

So he’s created illustrations for Pride and CALM. He’s living my dream.

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Pride tweeted “Homophobia can duck off! Around 1,500 animal species practice same-sex coupling. Only one species practices homophobia.”

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“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. Always assume that a person is an expert in themself.”

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Above are some of the illustrations he has created for Pride, but he also covers other topics like racism, feminism, kindness, politics, and of course his usual funny animal jokes:

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I love his style – the simple, line drawn illustrations is reminiscent of my own preferred illustration style. I have always been drawn (pun intended) towards art that conveys a strong message and make us question how we treat each other. Comics that make us giggle are great too – let’s not under-appreciate his copy skills.

I honestly will be here forever if I post all my favourites, so make sure you check out his Instagram.

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Canon: Rebel with a Cause

*Do not watch if you are in an emotional disposition*

My heart has melted. To celebrate Canon EOS Rebel’s 25th birthday, Canon created the ‘Rebel with a Cause’ campaign to empower professional photographers and modern day ‘rebels’:

As part of the final phase of Rebel With A Cause, we invited people to tell us what makes them a rebel, and from there our contest winner was selected. Meet our latest Rebel With A Cause, Guinnevere Shuster. She’s an animal activist and photographer who stands out as a true modern day rebel. Guinnevere gave shelter dog, Willa, the best day of her life to show how much life she has to live. Unfortunately, 3,300 shelter dogs are euthanized every day in America. This is Willa’s story. There’s a rebel in all of us.

I thought my job was great – Shuster’s is just something else!
The creative is so much better than the usual animal adoption PSA-style ads, and adds personality to the dogs rather than showing them abused and hours away from euthanasia.

Don’t forget… adopt, don’t shop.

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Temptations Christmas Ad

Unexpected Christmas ad for Temptations by adam&eveDDB featuring 22 cats and a heavy metal Christmas remix. You don’t have to have a cat to relate to the known fact that cats are fluffy destroyers. Me likey!

Agency: adam&eveDDB
Creatives: Alex Lucas, Jon Farley
Production Company: Rogue Films
Director: Sam Brown
Edit: Final Cut

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John Lewis: Christmas with Buster

It’s out! This is what all the chatter was about at work (adam&eveDDB) for the past month, and it was worth the wait. Very different from John Lewis’s previous Christmas ads, but adorable none-the-less (I’m a sucker for animals).

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GEICO: Raccoons, C’mon Try It!

The Martin Agency has created funny TV ad for GEICO insurance:

When raccoons are rummaging through your garbage, they have to come across some nasty leftovers, even for them. And we’ll bet they’re just like rest of us when they do inevitably bite into the gross remnants from last Wednesday’s dinner; they can’t help but get their raccoon friends to try it.

The TV ad is totally overshadowed by the hilarious YouTube spots, showing a comical series of videos called Raccookin’, where a monotone raccoon gives a YouTube cooking tutorial using a gross concoction of ingredients found in bins.

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Newspaper Animal Sculptures: the ultimate test of patience!

These incredible sculptures are meticulously created by Japanese paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama who uses rolled strips of wet newspaper to create the impressive pieces.

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More than anything else, I’m particular about the realistic feel of the animals… Animals that live in nature are equal to us in the sense that we live together on this planet. Sometimes they sleep. Sometimes they eat. They are living ordinary everyday lives just like us. I would like keep insisting on reality and producing my life-sized work as much as possible in order to convey their lives.

The detail is insane. I have no idea how she has the patience… I would love to see these up-close, in real life. Come to London!

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Peta | Behind the Leather

Ogilvy & Mather Advertising Bangkok teamed up with PETA Asia to launch this shocking pop-up shop in one of Bangkok’s hippest shopping malls to show consumers the suffering behind every exotic-skins bag, belt, jacket, and pair of gloves or shoes.

This is great! Right up my street.

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EU: Yes or No? What has the ECHR ever done for us?

After Theresa May says Britain should leave the European convention on human rights, Patrick Stewart, Adrian Scarborough and Sarah Solemani expose the problems in the Conservative plan for a UK bill of rights. Hilarious satire video:

May said the influence of the European Court of Human Rights made Britain “less secure” as she described how it had delayed the deportation of hate preachers and terror suspects, as well as denying MPs the power to ban prisoners from having the vote. May has now been ridiculed after being told Britain can’t quit the ECHR as long as it remains a member of the EU. The EU is bound by the ECHR.

The shadow justice secretary, Charles Falconer, accused May of “sacrificing Britain’s 68-year-old commitment to human rights for her own miserable Tory leadership ambitions”.

So, as someone who is wanting to take part in this vote, whilst being a human rights activist, the safety if ECHR is concerning. Shouldn’t the UK lead not retreat on human rights?

Theresa May has claimed “we can protect human rights ourselves”, which is a terrifying statement, particularly in the wake of the US presidential election, where Human Rights groups are looking for allies and support from other countries. How can we criticise Donald Trump’s views on human rights and equality if we are unable to set an example ourselves? How will this impact those wanting to have a better life in the UK after living in abhorrent, dangerous conditions?

I’m spending some time researching and thinking about which way my vote should go. I will also be considering the impact of Animal Rights laws (I’ll probably do a post on that too), as the recent changes in laws have had a hugely positive impact on EU animal cruelty regarding the barbaric testing of products etc. What will happen with China and their animal testing policy? Will we still obtain the same Animal Rights laws if we leave the EU?…

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Perfectionists: Rufus – The Real Hawk-Eye | Stella Artois UK

Presented by Stella Artois and the Perfectionists at Wimbledon, Rufus the Hawk takes us through a day in the life of the fiercest member of the tennis tournament’s security team.

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AD OF THE WEEK: Friskies ‘Dear Kitten’

Friskies has partnered with BuzzFeed to produce some chunky, meaty kitten content fresh out of the YouTube can. The video below, quickly closing in on 10 million views, is voiced by Ze Frank, who works for BuzzFeed and is also a YouTube celebrity in his own right with his True Facts series, in which he tells you “true facts” about animals that are clearly not true.

Short and sweet roundup: Fun, cute, great art direction. Love it.

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