The Daily Zoo is a charming art book drawn by Chris Ayers, an animal a day.
This book was started one year after he was diagnosed with leukemia. He has since recovered from after a long period of treatment. In the introduction, he says the book gives him an opportunity to celebrate the gift of each healthy day.
The caricatured animals are incredibly fun to look at. Sometimes it will be a portrait, sometimes the animals will be in strange settings, such as the sick flamingo in scrubs on the book cover. Chris Ayers captions each day on his inspiration and thoughts.
At the start of each month, he also talks about his recovery journey battling leukemia. It's a journal written from the heart.
This book is creative, inspirational and beautiful.
There are both hardcover and paperback versions available.
You can check out more of his work at chrisayersdesign.com.
Here's the product description from Amazon:
In the spring of 2005 Chris Ayers was busy working as a concept artist in the Hollywood film industry. That came to a crashing halt when he was diagnosed with leukemia on April first. After a year-long period of treatment and recovery he started a sketchbook called The Daily Zoo on the anniversary of his diagnosis. Over the next 365 days he would draw one animal each day, challenging both his self-discipline and imagination. Most importantly it would allow him the focused opportunity to celebrate the gift of each healthy day. The pages of The Daily Zoo: Volume One are chock-filled with 365 distinct critters, ranging from curious pandas to sinister hyenas, athletic aardvarks to zealous zebras, and his choice of artistic styles are as diverse as his subject matter. Alongside the images Ayers, whose big screen credits include Men in Black II, X-Men 3, and the Alien vs. Predator films, ties in commentary about his cancer experience, the sources of his artistic inspiration and his creative methods. Whether you're a beginning artist or a seasoned pro, this book will leave you inspired to grab the nearest pencil, pen, brush or crayon and start drawing!
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