UPDATE 7.1.23 -- Thank you Lili for signing all the pre-order copies from the website, as well as some additional copies of both titles. Signed copies of both books are in stock now. Available at the store, or via the website. https://stuartngbooks.com/?subcats=Y&pshort=Y&pfull=Y&pname=Y&pkeywords=Y&match=all&search_performed=Y&status=A&q=lili+chin&dispatch=products.search
Lili Chin had a successful career in animation before she became known for her animal art. Her longtime animal art muse was her wonderful rescue Boston Terrier, Boogie. The bond between Lili and Boogie -- and Lili's drive to educate herself about animal behavior -- shaped her career path. That legacy continues with Lili using her art skills to raise awareness. Her illustrations do a brilliant job explaining how animals use their bodies and behaviors to communicate with each other, and with people. Lili has evolved her vocation. She's moved from important animal behavior info graphics into to her own book projects. Between conventions and the store, I was able to meet artist Lili in person years ago as well as follow her career. It was very special to also meet Boogie before he passed away in 2020.
"Lili Chin is an artist well known for her globally popular dog art, while her work also includes cats and other species. Since 2008, she has been providing custom illustration and a catalog of art products for sale.
Lili Chin's dog behavior infographics have become a popular tool for dog training professionals, veterinarians, behaviorists, and welfare groups who advocate for humane animal training methods.
A partial list of prominent behaviorists, authors, and organizations that have used her art include the late Dr. Sophia Yin, Fear Free Pets, RSPCA, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and International Cat Care.
Her first book - Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend - was published by Summersdale in October 2020, and has been translated to multiple languages.
Her newest book, Kitty Language: An Illustrated Guide To Understanding Your Cat will be published by Ten Speed Press in Summer 2023.
Lili Chin is Malaysia-born and currently lives in Los Angeles with a writer-husband, and two rescued and bonded cats - Mambo and Shimmy. Her muse is her rescued, blue-eyed boston terrier, Boogie. (2004 - 10/20/2020) She loves making frozen desserts, listening to podcasts, and playing board games."
Lili's first book, Doggie Language was an instant hit and has been translated into nearly 20 languages.
UPDATE 6.12.23 -- Doggie Language -- awarded top prize in 2 categories of the Dog Writers Association of America writing awards for 2020-2022. Best Series of Illustrations. And Best Book (Behavior, Health and Welfare) https://dogwriters.org/about-us/
Her new book, Kitty Language, releases this month.
Stuart featured Lili and her books in a recent edition of his online newsletter. All the latest news from SNB arrives arrives weekly in this email written by Stuart himself. You can can subscribe to the SNB newsletter via this "mailing list" link on the SNB website: https://stuartngbooks.com/join-our-mailing-list.html
Links on the SNB website are now open for pre-orders for signed and/or inscribed copies of both Kitty Language ....
And Doggie Language...
Lili's artwork first caught my eye in an infographic for "The Yellow Dog Project" (https://ultimatepetnutrition.com/yellow-dog-project/) that appeared in a local newspaper. Thankfully, the ad include artist credit and her website address! I loved the charming dogs rendered in a distinctive style. And the message that some dogs (and people) need space that "friendly" off-leash dogs often invade, without consent.
More recently, Lili wrote and illustrated her own free download called "Hello, Friendly Dogs" -- a great primer to share on leash etiquette. It was inspired by safety risks she faced walking Boogie, who needed space due to age and health issues.
On her website Lili explains why she created this important resource.
"I know I am not alone in this. I have a dog that needs more personal space than other dogs. He is a senior; he is suspicious of unfamiliar dogs and will lunge or snarl at them if they stare at him, or come too close too soon.
And yet every so often, an off-leash dog will come bounding up towards him (or even sometimes, an on-leash dog) and the owner will call out “HE’S FRIENDLY!” without checking with me first if it is OK for their dog to meet my dog.
There is this automatic assumption by most people that if their own dog is friendly, then everything is fine with the world. Who the heck cares what OTHER PEOPLE’s DOGS are feeling? The idea of consent does not seem to cross their minds at all.
My response is always usually “Please call your dog away. My dog is NOT friendly”. But sometimes I can’t say this fast enough. Or the other person ignores me.
My dog freaks out and turns into a murderous beast. To the other person with the “friendly dog”, we look like the bad guy. I wish I could simply say: “Please google SPACE ETIQUETTE FOR DOGS when you get home!”
Here are more samples of the info graphics Lili has produced on her own and with vet clinics and dog behavior experts.
Lili's expressive art style has been licensed for authorized use by large companies...
The commerical appeal -- and potential -- of her images has also made her a target for art theft. Lili has been on the vanguard of fighting for protections for indie artist creative rights. It's not a position she wanted to find herself in. But her art posted online was often stolen for unauthorized commerical use by others.
Lili was able to protect her valueable IP because Lili registers her copyrights. She has been able win settlements in legal cases about infringement on her work. Just because an art image is online, that doesn't mean it's free to use. Lili has educated fans and other artists about copyright protections through her free downloads of infograhics. https://www.doggiedrawings.net/freeposters