Yuta Onoda

Sometimes a magazine feature comes along that's just perfect for a particular illustrator. When the Canadian quarterly Modern Dog got in touch with Yuta Onoda to illustrate a piece on canine mortality, little did they know that back home in Japan, his family's dog had recently passed away at the age of 16. It was a story that really resonated with the Toronto-based artist.

"The main idea I had for the assignment was like a message to my own dog," he explains. "It was a painful process, but I wished that he would make a lot of friends and be happy in his next journey. I came up with the idea of a lot of transparent-looking dogs welcoming the dog that belongs to the girl in the image."

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