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18 Human Problems Delightfully Illustrated By Animals

Or why you need to follow Animal Problems on Tumblr immediately.

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1. These splendid illustrations are the work of Geoffrey Hewer-Candee.

He's recently collected them in a book, which you can get here.
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He's recently collected them in a book, which you can get here.

2. He tells BuzzFeed News: that he "started the series as a challenge to myself to come up with a new one daily."

He's had to scale back so he can concentrate on other work. He says: "My day job is a graphic designer, and I'm also working on a picture book that I desperately want to finish so that I can start looking for an agent/publisher."
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He's had to scale back so he can concentrate on other work. He says: "My day job is a graphic designer, and I'm also working on a picture book that I desperately want to finish so that I can start looking for an agent/publisher."

3. He says he "loves animals, and finds them more interesting to draw than people."

He says: "Given the choice, I'd never draw people if I could draw an animal instead."
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He says: "Given the choice, I'd never draw people if I could draw an animal instead."

4. "By using animals it allows me to address human issues that are part of daily life, but in a recontextualized way."

5. "This slight skew allows the problem to hit the viewer in a way that wouldn't happen if I drew people."

6. "A lot of my work has an undercurrent of sadness or futility, which I find, in general, really enriches humour."

7. "A friend of mine referred to them as 'sadorable,' which I think fits quite nicely."

8. "The thing I love about the series is the range that it allows me."

9. "I can have one that's mainly just a visual gag, one that comments on serious societal issues, one that plays with language, one that's more animal-y – and yet they're still cohesive as a whole."

10. "And most of all, I just hope that people enjoy them."

"Whether the problem simply makes you chuckle for a moment at a goofy pun with a cute octopus, or makes you think about an important social issue, I hope your day is at least a tiny bit better for having seen it."
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"Whether the problem simply makes you chuckle for a moment at a goofy pun with a cute octopus, or makes you think about an important social issue, I hope your day is at least a tiny bit better for having seen it."

11. "To me, the most important thing about art in general is for it to be enjoyable."

12. "Be it a painting, cartoon, story, whatever, the viewer needs to get some form of enjoyment out of it for one reason or another. Anything else isn't worth it."

13. "I don't have too many favorite individual artists; I more find individual pieces of art here and there that really affect me."

"I can safely say, however, that I love Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes); but then again who doesn't?"
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"I can safely say, however, that I love Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes); but then again who doesn't?"

14. "There's an English illustrator, Sophie Corrigan, I found recently whose work I like quite a bit. Ryan Andrews is another artist I found online, and his stories/illustrations are amazing."

15. "I'm also thrilled at how the internet has allowed me to come across artists I may otherwise have never found."

16. "Also, since the verbal side of art/humor is important to be along with the visual, I must mention how much I love the TV shows Home Movies and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist."

"They come from the same animation studio and both have this very naturalistic approach to dialogue. Home Movies has these tiny subtle moments that aren't laugh out loud funny, but are just so so great. And the show Adventure Time has moments of real brilliance both visually and story wise."
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"They come from the same animation studio and both have this very naturalistic approach to dialogue. Home Movies has these tiny subtle moments that aren't laugh out loud funny, but are just so so great. And the show Adventure Time has moments of real brilliance both visually and story wise."

17. "And for "real art" (because often us poor old designers and illustrators live in the sooty shadows of "proper art") I'm quite fond of Dufy and Renoir."

18. You can follow the Tumblr here and Geoff is on Twitter here.