The very first Furry Logic book of Life’s Little Challenges was published in 2003. Over the following few years, the series that followed was translated into a number of languages and collectively sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide. When I completed the series in 2011, I imagined that would be it, that I would be hanging up my paintbrush for good. But life is never like that, so rather than the full stop that I imagined at the time, it turned out to be just a comma in the Furry Logic story. And now I am happy to introduce the second series of Furry Logic books…

The second series will differ from the first in two ways: the books will have some paper engineering in them, by way of fold-outs (four per title are planned at this stage). The reveal of the fold-outs are graphic and impactful, bringing the words and matching illustrations to life, such as the jaguar, which folds out to reveal his full body, pictured below. And secondly, the paintings themselves are larger in size and more detailed this time around. I’ve taken my time with each painting—the books that result are designed to be art objects with bite.

All the paintings are in watercolour, and over the years I’ve developed a few techniques to help with fur and feather. When it comes to fur, like this lion and the jaguar, I’ve found that painting the grey scale first really helps establish the work. I work the detail up with a very small brush, a triple zero, and end with the fun part—adding the colour with a much larger brush. But before I even get to the fur or the feathers, as the case maybe, I always begin each painting with the eyes. If I get that Furry Logic expression I’m after in the eyes, then I know I’m good to continue…

I hope you enjoy seeing the preview spreads for the four titles that comprise this next series. As artist and creator, Furry Logic has proved to be the most wonderfully versatile vehicle. I look forward to further expanding the line-up in the future, along with auxiliary product such as journals and wall calendars. But for now, I have much painting to do…