Friday Favorites : Shadows

As I write this week’s Friday Favorites post, I am currently (albeit, quietly) freaking out. My overactive imagination has me convinced that someone (or something) is lurking in the shadows of my backyard.

You see, not two hours ago, I was out back watering my garden. My big, old, wooden garage doors, which are always a huge pain in the tuchis to open, were securely closed. Less than an hour later, I looked out the window to see that one of them was open. It was very windy at the time, but I am still not convinced that wind was able to blow the door open that way.

I tried to send my fearless watchdogs out back to check things out, but they were having none of it. So, the door remains open and who or what is inside remains a mystery for now. I suppose if you don’t hear from me again, you can assume that whatever is hiding in the shadows claimed me as its victim.*

And so, here is what could possibly be my last Friday Favorites.

*insert dramatic pause*

  • Shadows by John Cox : I’m pretty sure that whatever is coming to get me looks like this. And that is frightening.
  • Shadows by Aimee Lockwood : Although, I find it hard to believe that there are any ‘dodgy’ neighborhoods in the charming city where I spent my honeymoon so many years ago, I suppose it is possible. Still, I’d rather live in a dodgy neighborhood in Edinburgh than a dodgy neighborhood in Baltimore.
  • Shadows by Jean Wogaman : Okay, now I’m really starting to freak myself out. I guess that means this piece has done it’s job (and quite well).
  • Shadows by Alice Carroll : Whew, that’s better, much less frightening. And, actually, very cool. I love illustrations that incorporate actual photos.
  • Shadows by Yvonne Vlaar : Such a simple and basic interpretation of the topic rendered beautifully. Sometimes it really is best not to overthink things.
  • Famous Lines Never Scripted by Chris Wilson : This is just cool.
  • Shadow by Kylie Knott : Truth.
  • Shadows by Roberto : Everything about this illustration is just beautiful. I’m especially fond of the sky.
  • Shadows by Swapnil Gaikwad : Another gorgeous night sky and a very sweet illustration.
  • Shadows by Brooke Boynton Hughes : I just love the all-blue color palette and the way the moonlight casts such long shadows.
  • Shadow by Tomás Serrano : Speaking of looooooooong shadows. Heh.
  • Shadow by Sarah Lawrence : This is such a fun illustration. I love the expression on his face and, of course, his pajamas.
  • Shadow by J O o L i :  Pink hair! Pink hair! Pink hair! Pink hair! Have I mentioned that I LOVE pink hair?
  • Shadows by Reginald Swinney : This is sixteen different kinds of awesome. Plus an epic mustache.
  • Shadows by Ted Blackman : I think the lesson here is pretty clear – never piss off a penguin. Yow.

To see more great illustrations check out And if you’d like to see past Friday Favorites, just click here.

*This just in from Big Sir: At least our ferocious black lab finally went in there and sniffed around this morning. Nothing to see here people, move along.

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10 Responses to Friday Favorites : Shadows

  1. Jeanie W says:

    Thanks for featuring my illo on your list of favorites. I’m so happy to have freaked you out.

  2. Deirdre says:

    YAY, you’re alive and well. Good grief, Ruth. The next time something like that happens, at least call your creepy hippy neighbor to look into it. No one would care if he never came out. We would all be highly upset if you never did!
    I love your list of Illustration Friday favorites. I’m off to check all of them out right now. Oh, and I will be sending you another scan of your never-ending doodle, so you can see that I’m actually moving forward on it. Yes, I’ve added quite a bit to it since you last saw it. Don’t know if you will like it still…hmmmm….!

  3. I blame ghosts.
    ’cause ghosts are real.

    Like religion.

  4. roberto says:

    Hey sweet Ruth!!
    Thank you very much!
    Thank you very much!!
    and … Thank you very much!
    (Be careful closing all doors and windows)
    I still hear from you!
    good weekend!!

  5. Tomás says:

    Thank you, Ruth. It’s a pleasure to be in your list. You’re very kind. Regards froms Spain.

  6. Hi Ruth! Thank you so much for including my work on your list of favorites! I’m honored! And I hope that everything turned out all right with your garage door!! Spooky!! :)

  7. Juli Waller says:

    Thanks for making me a favourite!!!

  8. NatashaMay says:

    I’m glad you have a brave lab to protect you from shadows. :) Love all the shadows featured. :)

  9. Alice says:

    Hey! Thanks so much for the feature – such a nice surprise, I love your other picks too!

  10. kylie says:

    thanx so much for including me in your fave list!

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