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Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day HC: 1 [Hardcover]

Chris Ayers
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24 Oct 2012
Inspired by The Daily Zoo, Chris Ayers' Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day provides page upon page of exercises that will provide YOU with ample opportunities to create your own personal zoo of characters. This activity book of artistic challenges features step-by-step renderings showing a line by line (shape by shape) progression of drawing a Daily Zoo character - provided with blank spaces next to each step for one to follow along.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press; Ill edition (24 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933492325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933492322
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 20.7 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 569,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Ayers popped out onto this Planet Earth scene on a sweltering July afternoon in 1975. Shortly thereafter he discovered a groovy magic wand made of wood called a "pencil." Through trial and error, and lots of practice, he learned that these nifty little things gave him the means to unlock the worlds of his imagination and give them visual form on paper. During these early formative years his spongy gray matter soaked up as much as it could about the fascinating world around him, especially in regards to the animal kingdom, dinosaurs, Sesame Street, Star Wars, Disney, art, mythology, monsters in closets, spaceships, Robin Hood, Ray Harryhausen, pirates, extra-terrestrial friends and foes, Jules Verne, Dr. Seuss, Bill Peet, comic book heroes and villains, animation, cartoons... Fast-forward about twenty years to the spring of 2000. With his Toyota Tercel literally packed to the ceiling, he drove westward from Minneapolis to Los Angeles. He had long dreamt of someday working in the movies and, at age 24, it seemed like the right time in his life to give it a shot. Fast forward another eight years and he is still driving a Toyota Tercel around the bustling freeways of the City of Angels. His dream of working in the film industry has come true - and then some. Working as a character designer and concept artist he has been involved in some challenging and fun projects such as Men In Black II, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and The Santa Clause 2. In 2006, on the one-year anniversary of his diagnosis, he started a sketchbook called The Daily Zoo and set out to draw one animal each day for a year. His hope, in addition to being challenging and fun, was that it would help his healing process and give him a focused opportunity to appreciate the gift of each healthy day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art journal written from the heart 27 Mar 2009
Length: 0:22 Mins
The Daily Zoo is a charming little art book drawn by Chris Ayers, an animal a day.

This book was started one year after he was diagnosed with leukemia, which he has since recovered from after a long period of treatment. In the introduction, he says it's to give him an opportunity to celebrate the gift of each healthy day.

The caricatured animals are just 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. I am definitely getting Volume 2 when it comes out in November 2009.

There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiring book 22 April 2010
This book is simply amazing, this guy is so talented. I keep this book around me whenever I want to draw and need some inspiration. And also it's quite cheap knowing how many drawings that are printed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great illustrations 14 May 2013
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Interesting story and very easy to read. Illustrations are great and varied in style, very good for inspiration if you draw.
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It's been on my bedside table since it arrived and I dip into almost every day. Hundreds of amusing cartoons, brilliant sketches in many different styles underlying a positive story of the indomitable nature of the human spirit.

Summary: man with life threatening illness focuses on the positive by challenging himself to draw one animal a day for a year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars briliand mindblowing simply inspiring 28 Nov 2009
when i first saw the book on the internet it kind of stuck in my mind for days i have only seen the cover on a small picture
at some point i decided to do a litlle reaserch for the book to decide wether i would bye it or not
whithin the first few pages my mind instantly took a journey with every character , i was so .... well there are some things that can't be described in words over the internet .!!!
Overall a great book a must have in your collection if you are a fun of cartoon ,illustrations, scetch,art,cgart you name it you will never regret having it .. when i saw that a second volume is on it's way well i just can't wait to get my hands on it
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