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Playful Drawings Pair Animals with Sign Language Alphabet

Chicago-based illustrator Alex Solis teaches us American Sign Language with the help of charming and colorful drawings. Combining photography and his cartoonish style, Solis adds small critters to pictures of hands that form different letters of the sign language alphabet. The animals playfully interact with each hand that corresponds with the first letter of their name.

Solis' imaginative drawings feature octopuses, zebras, unicorns, and many more. They cling to fingers, sleep on top of them, and rest inside palms. The octopus even wraps its tentacles around the entire hand! Thanks to the illustrator's wonderful character design, he's produced unforgettable creatures to associate with the signed letters.

This adorable series is now a book titled Signs and Doodles. It's available to buy through Solis' Big Cartel shop.

Above: E is for Elephant and Eagle

B is for Bear

C is for Cats

J is for Jaguar

N is for Narwhal

O is for Octopus

P is for Penguin and Pig

S is for Skunk

U is for Unicorn

W is for Walrus

Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra

Alex Solis website
via [Lost at E Minor and Bored Panda]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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