The Little Otsu Living Things Series is our collection of limited edition mini art books in which different artists each explore one idea based around the theme of living things. Save over 20% when you buy 4 volumes or all of the available volumes! Regularly $6.95 each; get 2 of the latest volumes for $6 each, 4 of the earlier or later volumes for $5.50 each, or all available volumes for $5.25 each!
Volume 1 by Lizzy Stewart, Volume 5 by APAK and Volume 6 by Becca Stadtlander are sold out.
Volume 2 in the series by Jo Dery is called "Pheromones: a chemical conversation" and is an exploration of how animals use pheromones differently to do things like mark territory, attract mates and even attack enemies. Jo's beautiful watercolor drawings of sea urchins and amazing line drawings of beetles meet dogs, cats, gulls and even people in this factoid-filled and often humorous book.
Volume 3 is by London artist Hannah Waldron and is called "The City." A loose narrative connects these images of urban life and can be wildly detailed or entirely impressionistic, but grounded in her creative use of patterns. Mixing the mediums of watercolor and collage, Hannah captures both the imagined minutiae of city living and the teeming life of the city itself.
Volume 4 is by Chicago artist Lilli Carré and is called "Shifting Shadows." Skillful drawing meets absurdist situations in these amusing shadowy depictions that will often take multiple viewings to capture all of their nuance. Lilli plays with light, shadow cast, kissing shadows, shadows with a life of their own, surprising shapes and sizes all to wonderful effect.
Volume 7 is by London artist Liam Stevens and is called "Amazon." Liam takes an ambitious approach to the form with amazing dioramas of layered papercut Amazonian plants and animals drawn in his playful style. These rich full-color scenes are countered with more spare line drawings where you get to appreciate the nuances of his stroke which bring such character to his comical rainforest denizens and impressions of the habitat.
Volume 8 is by Minneapolis artist Jessica Seamans and is called “A Brief Sampling of Cryptids, Folkloric Beasts & Mythological Animals.” Jes delves into the imagined creatures from many cultures and reckons with beings ranging from flying serpents who eat the sun to sticky horses who lure children to a watery demise. Her beautiful drawings give even the creepiest of critters an allure and her mind-blowing detail make this a work to treasure.
Volume 9 is by Washington D.C. artist Martine Workman and is called "Dance." Lines and textures swirl and sway to fashion lively figures all transformed by the act of dance. Martine brings her sense of absurd humor along with impressionistic beauty to classical forms resulting in images that capture the spirit of joy and movement.
Volume 10 (the final book) is by East Coast artist JooHee Yoon and is called "House Plant." Incorporating her love of printmaking and drawing, the overflowing life of the book is rendered in juxtaposing colors that add vivacity to the loose narrative of plants run amok. The technique creates a raw yet sophisticated set of images that are striking and memorable. We couldn't have asked for a better ending to the series!
Each saddle-stitched booklet is printed in a limited edition of 1000. Each volume is 16 pages, printed on white 80 lb text paper for the interior with 80 lb cover stock for the full-color cover, and measures 5.875" wide x 9" tall. Printed in Oakland, CA on 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. Series design assistance by Dan Black.