Friday Favorites : Soaked

I just love doing Friday Favorites. Not only does it give me an excuse to look at every.single.entry for Illustration Friday each week (and I truly do look at ALL of them), but I also come away with so much inspiration every week.

What I don’t love is having to narrow down my favorites to that mere fifteen. Some weeks are harder than others and this week may have been the hardest yet. I had such a long list of awesomeness and it was awful having to whittle it down. I don’t know what it was about this week, but everyone seemed to have brought their A-Game. So, to everyone who participated this week…well done!

I know I always say this, but really, check out and all of the awesome submissions there. This list of favorites is only the tip of the iceberg!

  • Soaked by Tia Mushka : I have an ever-increasing love for paper cutting and this piece is a beautiful example of this type of art. The colors are gorgeous too.
  • Java Sea I & II by Cally : This is such a beautiful use of watercolor. I love how you can see the shafts of light coming down through the water.
  • Soaked by Rain : Another gorgeous watercolor piece with the added bonus of some great process shots.
  • Soaked by bjorgnin : And one more great watercolor – I love that the color palette is not typical of a mermaid painting. Very nice.
  • A Rainy Birdy Day by JS Daniel : Guess what! It’s time for the obligatory bird illustration (my bird-love knows no bounds) – yay! This illustration is completely adorable and I love all of the textures.
  • Soaked by Eric Barclay : More birds and great patterns. I just hope that cat doesn’t get hungry.
  • Soaked by Mike Barnett : Anyone who owns a particularly ‘jowly’ breed of dog (much like this one), is all too familiar with this scene. I am highly impressed by what an accurate representation this illustration is.
  • Soaked by Vhrsti : The colors are perfect for creating the feel of a cold, dark, rainy night. I also love the wispy clouds in the sky.
  • Downpour by Sarah Ryan : Love, love, love the perspective here and the shadowy figures. Very nice how the rain has motion.
  • Rain by Koosje Koene : This is how I usually feel on a rainy day (and sometimes on non-rainy days).
  • Soaked by Sara Boggs : This is how I would like to feel on a rainy day.
  • Soaked by get zapped : Love the clean lines and, of course, the mysterious, faceless man.
  • Soaked by Rose Lloyd : This illustration is cool for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that it reminds me of an umbrella with a goose neck handle that my aunt and uncle used to have.
  • Soaked by Jen Norton : Beautiful design on the cloud and I love the colorful rain.
  • Soaked by Kanako Shimura : Heh, heh. Fish with feet are usually quite clever.

As always, you can find tons more great illustrations at And if you’d like to see past Friday Favorites, just click here.

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7 Responses to Friday Favorites : Soaked

  1. Cally says:

    Thanks so much Ruth! I’m so glad my painting’s included in this truly wonderful group!

  2. Sarah says:

    Thank you, thank you! I love this because I try to get around to seeing everyone’s IF, but I always miss some great ones… I’m glad you post them!

  3. Tia Mushka says:

    Wow! Thank you. Great blog! It feels so good to be appreciated!

  4. Sara says:

    Thanks Ruth! This has been a great start to Illustration Friday. :)

  5. JS Daniel says:

    Thank you Ruth! What a pleasant surprise it was for me when i checked my blog. You made my day!

  6. Rain says:

    Hello, Ruth! Thank you so much for featuring my illustration. It was such a thrill to find your comment on my blog, especially since this is my first time on Illustration Friday. What a wonderful thing to wake up to.

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