Illustrations in Gouache

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A blog featuring illustrations and Custom Pet Portraits by Manda Wolfe. See pet portrait commissions in progress and stay up to date on studio news, as well as featured art tips and tricks.

Animals with Problems

My newest project is a labor of love between myself and Simon Nagel ( and I'm so excited to share! Animals with Problems showcases different animals facing some pretty hefty challenges- from a sloth who can't seem to get anywhere on time to a white tiger trying to blend in with the crowd. Using anthropomorphic characters, it's a reminder that each one of us is different and faces personal problems, some external and some internal. The best solution? To remember to be kind to everyone and to empathize rather then criticize- our differences don't have to be our demise. A little understanding goes a long way!

Each illustration comes with a little bit more of an unfolding story. The hope? To make this into a beautifully illustrated children's book. I'll be adding more animals as they're completed- but for now you can see a sneak peak in my gallery section!