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Before & After: Barc Gets a Happy Makeover

by Erin Austen Abbott

Brooklyn-based illustrator  set out to turn a bare wall into a happy place for her local animal shelter, . “Actually, I live nearby Barc shelter and went there every weekend or weekday, after work, to volunteer to walk a dog because I’m a huge animal lover,” Hyesu shares. “However, I didn’t plan on adopting any dogs. And there was this dog, Dutch, that we took out for a walk a lot from Barc. One weekend Vinny, who runs Barc, told us to take him only for the weekend if we want. And ‘only for the weekend’ [became until] now — we ended up adopting him and now he is a beloved member of our family.”

Hyesu continues, “So I went back to Barc recently and volunteered to do [a] mural for them, hoping it helps all the dogs/cats find their ‘furever’ home.” Known for her really fun illustrations for such clients as Toyota, Boston Globe, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Dr. Jart+, Chobani and many more, I’d say Hyesu certainly accomplished her goal, bringing new life into the shelter. Click through the slide show to see her step-by-step process. —

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The wall at , as Hyesu started painting the mural. Step one is spacing the starting points on the wall, so as to get the art laid out correctly.
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Progress being made to the mural, as it gets the first of its illustrations.
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Action shot of Hyesu, hard at work, to make a happier place for all the animals in Barc's care.
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Outline of the mural is taking shape, as we start to get a larger visual of the final piece.
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The text is now being put into place to complete the illustration.
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in action, working on her larger-than-life-sized wall mural at in Brooklyn, NY.
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Complete! just got a punch of happiness.
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A close-up of the work by , for .
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Another close-up of the mural. Love and cats... so much truth.
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posing with a few of the dogs looking for forever homes and her completed mural.
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A few snippets from around Brooklyn-based animal shelter, .
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Dutch, Hyesu's dog that she adopted from Barc, surrounded by a little illustration.
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Hyesu illustrated a few of the dogs from the shelter that are still looking for homes or have since been adopted.

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