Doggie Drawings Origin Story
updated: April 2023
In the early 2000’s I moved from Sydney to Los Angeles to design masked wrestler characters for an animated kids’ TV show that I co-created.
As clicheed as this may sound, I adopted a blue-eyed Boston Terrier a few years later and he changed my life and the course of my career. I drew my dog Boogie obsessively. Not only did these drawings help launch Doggie Drawings as a fundraising pet portrait business, Boogie put a hole in my building manager’s leg, almost had me evicted from my home, and before long, I was on an educational journey about dog emotions and behaviors that still hasn't ended.
At first, I misunderstood Boogie’s aggressive behavior, and did a lot of things wrong. I used methods that made him more fearful and more aggressive towards unfamiliar people and dogs. When the world of dog body language and a positive reinforcement-based training approach opened up to me, the difference this knowledge made to Boogie and our relationship was something worth telling the world about.
I love working on educational illustrations. I love taking complex information and translating this into accessible graphics that can make a positive difference to everyone who lives or works with a companion animal. Over the past 10 years I have had the privilege of contributing to many animal welfare and dog bite prevention programs, working with progressive animal trainers and behaviorists.
In 2020, Boogie passed away two weeks after the publication of my first book - Doggie Language, which has been translated to sixteen languages. My second book - Kitty Language, is inspired by my two adopted cats - Mambo and Shimmy - and will be published in Summer 2023.
Doggie Drawings today is also an online shop. My Dogs of the World designs have gone viral on the internet since 2014 which have led to exciting new products, collaborations, licensing partnerships, and will be the subject of my next book. I also illustrate cats, pigs, birds, and other wildlife animals, as you can see in my collection of gift products and wall art.
I couldn’t tell you where the Doggie Drawings journey will take me. I am still always learning and creating as I go along, and I am grateful to everyone of you who is joining me on this ride.
Press for Doggie Language book: The Bark, Companion Animal Psychology, Whole Dog Journal, and more.
ANIMAL TRAINING ACADEMY PODCAST: Changing the World One Drawing At A Time!
WHOLE DOG JOURNAL: The Play Way For Shy & Fearful Dogs (infographic)
WILDPAW DOG PODCAST: Interview with Lili Chin
DOGTALK WITH NICK BENGER PODCAST: Lili Chin - Illustrating Dogs
AMERICAN GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY: Map of the Week - Year of The Dog
HEALTHY PAWS: Helping Pets, One Illustration At A Time
COPYRIGHT ALLIANCE: Five Questions with Pet Artist Lili Chin
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN | DOG SPIES: The Art of Dog
PLYWERK BLOG: Featured Artist: Lili Chin
HOUND & FRIENDS: This is Boogie and my story.
DYREFONDET: Lær hundesprog med Boogie (Danish)
VETCAETERA: D’où vient votre chien? Réponse avec les "Doggie Drawings" de Lili Chin (French)