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with the help of instagram friends we bring you RC/KP and Kate Perry's lovely animal illustrations

Posie of giraffes

Posie of giraffes

Walking the dogs

Walking the dogs

Leiluu Begian Shepherd

Leiluu Begian Shepherd

Raggio

Raggio

Rosie Fussian Hound

Rosie Fussian Hound

Smug Pug

Smug Pug

As you all know one of my favorite activities is being glued to Instagram and following the suggestion of accounts of other dog people I admire! So, @growlmama, when I finally get to meet you, I will hug you, for one of the brilliant accounts you led me to was this:  Kate Perry of RED CHALK, who is a wonderful illustrator and was inspired by one of my photos enough to do it doggie justice with a drawing!  Lucky Raggio, you made the Australian cut!  As you would assume, I reached out and here is the "poop" on Kate and her wonderful illustrations!

When did you decide to make your Instagram more illustrative?

Dog Day Afternoon shirt

Dog Day Afternoon shirt

I print and stencil my designs and illustrations onto fabric, clothing and accessories with my own fashion label R C / K P, and I planned to use Instagram as a marketing and PR tool for my business. The platform also gives me a voice as the designer. Being in between collections, I needed something to grow an audience and keep them engaged and that’s what I love about Instagram. I’ll always filter through production photographs and especially travel shots, but I am having a lot of fun sketching and interacting with an audience! What a cool way to meet talented, engaging people!  Another thing about Instagram I really enjoy is the daily deadline I set for myself. Creatively, this is so much easier for me than composing an exciting photo, yet is still relevant to what I do. Funnily, it has now opened up a niche market and has proven to be a fruitful opportunity to do commissions! I have accidentally stumbled into the business of Dog’s Breakfast Illustrations!

When did you start drawing?

I have drawn for as long as I can remember; however, I am more a Jill-of-all-trades when it comes to my business. I oversee the entire process including making, building, problem-solving, painting, sewing, printing and of course illustrating, and all of it is done across many mediums. Winning a design competition trip to the UK snuck me into the art world where I worked for Artist Damien Hirst, back in 2000 as a graphic designer. Later, I used that experience to secure a job at GOMA Queensland doing computer illustrations for the Children’s Art Centre, among other things.

Why animals?

Animals have always been my go-to-theme, my default; but with my daily illustration deadlines, I’m challenging myself to branch out and create a style. I enjoy trying to capture an expression in an animal that we can relate to. It could be a blotch of color and a few scribbles, but it brings to life a calculating cat, surprise of a giraffe or the cheekiness of a dog. And who doesn’t love animals?!

Tell me about your dog?

Kate and Bruce

Kate and Bruce

We bought Bruce from the pound when he was roughly one. He’s brown and a pure breed mongrel, most likely crossed between a Labrador and Staffordshire bull terrier - but we believe that he’s part dog, horse, cat and human. You can definitely notice traits of all of those! He’d be about 7-ish now.  He is a very cool dog. He has a certain swagger in his step and is very tolerant with kids,especially when he’s the target of my son Reg's headlocks. He has this look of higher intelligence too. I have caught him rolling his eyes at our nonsense at times. But like I mentioned, he’s very tolerant of most company! However, in all his composure, he is TERRIFIED of balloons, bubbles and of course thunderstorms!

And family....

There’s four of us in his immediate family: Dan, Olive (5), Reg (3) and me, Kate.

What do you want to do when you grow up?

Well, Olive is in Grade 1 and Reg goes to kindergarten next year; so when I grow up, I want to do exactly what I’m doing now, but with way more time to do it!

Dylan the Dog and his man Aki steal mrs. sizzle's heart and Noe Dewitt was there to capture it

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A DOG WORK? ANDREW FLADEBOE'S PICTURES CAPTURE IT ALL.