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Animals for Healing

Chris Ayers was busy working as a concept artist in Hollywood when, in 2005, he was diagnosed with leukemia. One year later, after a period of intense treatment and therapy, Chris embarked on a personal project: To draw one animal each day, for a year, and in the process to come to terms with his illness, his recovery, and his healing. Now the result of his hard work and diligence is available as The Daily Zoo, a full-color hardcover book from Design Studio Press. It features the 365 drawings from Chris’ project, as well as his reflections on the animals presented (some realistic, some anthropomorphic, some silly, some not…) and how they reflect on his condition, his thoughts, and his life. The book also features an introduction by director and producer J.J. Abrams. You can find out more about the project and the book at Chris’ web site,