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Lili Chin



Every once in a while I meet an artist whose work I truly love and respect. Then I make them my friend. And convince them to do a barter. Lili Chin (of Doggie Drawings: is an artist like me- her work is original and fun and personal, and all about dogs. It celebrates the character of our very special companions in a way no other illustrator out there can. You can't help but smile and laugh when you look through her portfolio. And you also can't help yourself from commissioning her to illustrate your dog, and then sending her 45million cute photos of your dog, from all angles, at all ages, in all stages of cuteness, to give her an idea of his character. Or, your obsessive personality. Either.

For our barter, Lili created two amazing illustrations of Pancake (my beloved Boston Terrier), and in turn I photographed Boogie (her beloved Boston Terrier). It was a really interesting study on how two artists express themselves, and how their unique styles capture a similar character and emotion, in completely different mediums. Below are Lili's illustrations, and then my favorite photos of Boogie. Enjoy!

(to commission Lili Chin, just visit tell her Pancake sent you.)




Sometimes it's hard being an only child- you get bored, nobody understands you, there's never anyone to play with. It's a rough life. Pancake, being the spoiled only child he is, has been asking me for a brother every day for the past few months. "Dad, I'm soooooooooo bored. This is boring! We go to work and you do stuff and all I get to do is fart on people and sleep. Booooooooooring!". So, being the good dad that I am, I recently granted Pancake his wish. The stork delivered a very unique, and 2-dimensional, dog brother in flat 'standard mail' package. His name was Flat Brutus, and he visited us for a few weeks- traveling with me from San Francisco, to Los Angeles, to Boston, Cape Cod, and New York. Here is our story: First, Pancake and Flat Brutus had some serious catching up to do. P: "Hi, I'm Pancake. Are you my new brother?"  FB: "....."   P: "Um, why aren't you moving? You're really skinny. No one gives you treats? I get treats all the time."   FB: "......"   P: "Whatever, you're flat. That's cool."   FB: "......"

Then Pancake took Flat Brutus to one of his favorite spots in Cape Cod:   P: "We've got a pretty sick view from up on this hill, Brutus."    FB: "...."

Then we all went to visit Boogie- one of our favorite Boston Terriers on the planet!

Boogie's mom is the infamous Lili Chin- mastermind behind Doggie Drawings, and creator of the original Flat Brutus illustration! It was a heartwarming reunion for everyone involved:

Finally, I took Flat Brutus for a brisk walk up to the Hollywood sign.

I think he really enjoyed basking in the lime-light, and told me he had hopes of getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame one day. Being the good dad that I am, I told him that if he tried hard enough, he just might achieve that goal. Then I stuffed him back in his envelope and sent him on his way.

Want to get involved in the Flat Brutus Project? You can! It's fun, easy, and raises crucial funding for the French Bulldog Rescue Network.




Have you heard of the Flat Brutus Project? Not only is it amazingly creative an unique, it's also raising important funding for the FBRN (French Bulldog Rescue). Being a lover of all things smushy-faced and creative, I signed up to host Flat Brutus a few months ago, and can't wait for him to arrive in the mail! We're going to do so many fun things together: print in the darkroom (dogs are usually not allowed in there, but since he's flat, I guess it's ok), load some film (I'll probably have to do all the work for him, that lazy dog), and maybe have a very special photography session of our own. I think Pancake is going to really like him, too. Flat Brutus was originally created by one of my favorite dog artists out there, Lili Chin (brain-child behind Doggie Drawings). She is currently working on an amazing pair of drawings of Pancake, and in return I am going to photograph her and Boogie, her Boston Terrier. Her drawings are crisp, fun, and very unique. They articulate an amazing amount of character and comedy, and I can't wait to see what she creates for Pancake!

Stay tuned for my series of Flat Brutus photos, which will be posted on the blog. If you'd like to host Flat Brutus and help raise money for the FBRN, just go to the official Flat Brutus website.