Gross Dog Art is peculiar crowd of outlandish beasts created by animation student, Holly Lucero. It seems like this eerie looking pack of dogs, overgrown with tick foliage, came straight out of another world. One kooky microcosm where Edward Topsell meets Studio Ghibli giving birth to inconceivable, epic creatures. This young illustrator is currently studying at Riverside City College in California, and I feel that this collection just barely scratched the surface of her awe inspiring world.
I’d describe my illustrative work as a labor of love, for the most part. I illustrate as a hobby and have only recently started sharing it consistently.
I love bestiary drawings and old newspaper artwork (Edward Topsell is a favorite), most of which are done in woodcut or ink. They have this way of portraying animals like crocodiles and rats as just as weird and monstrous as the dragons and manticores on the same page! I’d really like to capture that feeling in my proper illustrations. I really love the puppetry used in a lot of 1980s fantasy films as well. Especially Brian Froud and Jim Henson’s work on movies like The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. A lot of time, when I’m designing a monster, I’d like it to look like it could be built like that and move in that fake but convincing way.
This aesthetic also carried over to animation at the time. In Disney and Don Bluth films, and even in Studio Ghibli’s films. Movies like The Secret of NIMH and Princess Mononoke really influenced me a lot growing up. More recently, I’m also a bit of an animation buff. Consequently, I would consider shows like Adventure Time and Over the Garden Wall big influences. They have fantastic design work and are very inspiring.
I use primarily pen and ink because I feel that it gets across contrast, value, and texture well. I find it easy to switch from highly textured to just simple lines without breaking the tone of the drawing. This isn’t necessarily unique to any medium but is definitely easier in ink.
Unfortunately, I dont have any plans for the future projects! I’m just a student (of animation) right now and won’t be doing anything “big” for a while.
More Gross Dog Art?!
I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to see more of these beautiful, intricate illustrations. What fascinates me even more is the fact that we might get to see some of these fantastic beasts animated. Wanna adopt a gross dog?! Check out Holly’s InPrnt account to see latest available prints and gross dog art she has up for sale. Finally, I would love you to share some thoughts on these captivating illustrations in the comment section bellow.
Visual content courtesy of Holly Lucero.