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Friday Favorites : Mesmerizing

This week’s Illustration Friday topic was ‘mesmerizing’ and, honestly, there were many entries that I could have easily stared at for days. But, then I wouldn’t have been able to pick my favorites to share with you. And that would be sad. Maybe. Right?

 

Mesmerizing by Kathleen Jennings

This looks exactly like a page out of a vintage book. So well done.

 

 

Mesmerising by Suky Goodfellow

Wonderful use of colors and texture to create the swirling tendrils of smoke.

 

 

Sin Título by Belén Moreno

Beautiful and truly mesmerizing.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Caitlin Rose

Nice to look at and educational. It doesn’t get any better than that. Also, I love the expression on the little fish’s face.

 

 

Mesmerizing Koi by Paula Kuitenbrouwer

So tranquil and beautifully rendered.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Roberta Baird

I have always loved Vincent Price and his expression is captured just perfectly here.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Gynux

Such an excellent expression – truly captures the essence of being mesmerized.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Jane Grant Tentas

A great interpretation of the topic and so nicely done.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Nelleke Verhoeff

Completely mesmerizing. Just try to stop staring at it. Really, go ahead, try.

 

 

Mesmerizing by Bethanie Murguia

Such an adorable illustration – the dogs’ inquisitive posture is captured so well.

 

 

Mermaid by Audrey Ang

The colors, the textures, the details – what’s not to love about this one?

 

 

Mesmerizing by Ray Ferguson

If Smokey knows what’s good for him, he’ll back out the door very slowly right….NOW!

 

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Friday Favorites : Boundaries

This week’s Illustration Friday topic was ‘boundaries’. As always, there were tons of amazing submissions. And, as always, I had a hard time narrowing down my favorites. But, I did. And here they are (my apologies for the lack of commentary this week)…

 

Boundaries by Vincent Desjardins

 

 

 

Boundaries by Monica Indelicato

 

 

 

Boundaries by Corey McCarty

 

 

 

Boundaries by Maja

 

 

 

Boundaries by Wilme

 

 

 

Boundaries by Lori Weitzel

 

 

 

Boundaries by Bill Nagel

 

 

 

The Pequod by Ernie D’Elia

 

 

 

Boundaries by Aino Anto

 

 

 

Boundaries by Stephanie Smith

 

 

 

Boundaries by Carla Martell

 

 

 

Boundaries by Nikki Cooper

 

 

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Friday Favorites : Mysterious

This week’s Illustration Friday topic was ‘Mysterious’. Here’s a sampling of the great work submitted this week.

 

Mysterious Woman with Friend by Sonja Salinas

Wonderfully bizarre with a striking color palette.

 

 

Mysterious by BeBe

So deliciously surreal.

 

 

Mysterious by Liz Jones

I have such an affinity for anthropomorphized trees…or, in this case, people who look like trees.

 

 

Mysterious by Caroline Soer

One of my favorite watercolor techniques with very cool results.

 

 

Mysterious by Jess Racklyeft

A floating lady wearing a mask, I don’t think there’s much that’s more mysterious than that!

 

 

Mysterious by Jessie Lilac

Love white ink on watercolor.

 

 

Mysterious by Charlotte Knowles

Such a clever interpretation of the topic.

 

 

Mysterious by Kathleen Meany

Love the black and white with just a hint of color and the dog’s apprehensive stance.

 

 

Mysterious by Angela Pascale

This one was just too fun not to share!

 

 

Red Herring by Linda Silvestri

That is one mysterious (and hilarious) fish.

 

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Friday Favorites : Disguise

My apologies for the rushed nature of this week’s post. It’s been a little crazy around here. Please don’t misinterpret my lack of time for lack of enthusiasm. This has actually been one of my favorite topics and the submissions this week were top shelf for sure.

This week’s favorites come sans commentary. Suffice it to say, they’re all awesome.

 

Disguise by Jeremy

 

 

 

Disguise by Emma Bazan

 

 

 

Disguise by Hannah Robinson

 

 

 

Disguise by Bill Nagel

 

 

 

Loan Shark by Kier Eyles

 

 

 

Disguise by Tom Knight

 

 

 

Disguise by Cristian Bernardini

 

 

 

Disguise by Elina Ellis

 

 

 

Disguise by Rafa Mir

 

 

 

Disguise by Stacy Curtis

 

 

 

Disguise by Jeff Schinkel

 

 

 

Disguise by Faye Dennett

 

 

 

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Friday Favorites : Influence

I don’t know what it is, but I have been in a foul mood all week. Perhaps it’s the inevitable ‘coming down’ after having a really, really good week or it could be the earthquake-with-a-shot-of-hurricane natural disaster cocktail Mother Nature is serving up to my little corner of the world, but I am not a happy camper.

I have accomplished nothing this week (unless reading the Regretsy archives, scowling, and dropping a lot of f-bombs can be considered worthwhile accomplishments). And being unproductive makes me very unpleasant to be around.

So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, because Cranky Ruth is extremely hard to please. And yet, Cranky Ruth found the following Illustration Friday submissions worthy of her crabby/grouchy/I-want-to-punch-everybody-in-the-face approval. And that’s a feather in your cap!

So, here it is, this week’s Friday Favorites : Crankypants Edition.

 

Influence by Sophie Corrigan

Chaos and a bird. Cool.

 

 

Rain Maker by Helen Wheeler-Shaw

Another nicely rendered bird.

 

 

Influence: Thank You Jack by Hazel Ang

A very lovely tribute.

 

 

Influence by Adrienne Trafford

Such a gorgeous, rich color palette.

 

 

Influence by Moira Birch Swiatkowski

The heavy lines and limited use of color make this a very striking image.

 

 

Influence by Jennifer Orkin Lewis

A great interpretation of the topic.

 

 

Influence by Tanya

Check out the animation. So cool.

 

 

Influence by Rod MacGregor

Warning: Naked people. Heh.

 

 

The Queen’s Influence by Eric Barclay

Awesome and adorable.

 

 

Influence by Pat

Yup.

 

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Friday Favorites : Swell

So, this week was kind of exciting for me for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that the Illustration Friday topic that you see up there in the title of this post was contributed by none other than Yours Truly!

I know. So exciting. For me, anyway.

Having my suggestion chosen meant that the link to my humble blog was on display on the Illustration Friday web site for a whole week. And that meant a huge influx of visitors! I’m really hoping some of them decided to stick around. If it’s one thing I know how to do well (and there’s a very good chance that there is only one thing I know how to do well), it is take care of my readers. Right, readers?

(This is the part where you all say, ‘Right, Ruth! We love you!’ Or something. Heh.)

But, enough about me. After all, this is Friday Favorites and that means it’s all about the awesomely talented people who creatively illustrated this week’s topic (MY topic! Okay, seriously, enough about me.) And here they are…

 

Swell by Robyn Jorde

Everything about this little illustration is so fantastic – the colors, the perspective, the little bit of backstory – wonderful.

 

 

Swell by heike

Love the progression shown here and the way this fish quickly becomes a bit too big to fit in the frame – oops.

 

 

You’re Swell by Kaitlyn McCane

The characters, the colors, the swirling waves all combine to make an adorable illustration.

 

 

Swell by Joanna Pass

Simple, clever, and very well done.

 

 

Swell by Valerie Lorimer

Gorgeous details. Gorgeous colors.

 

 

Swell by Hajnal Fekete

Sweet and simple.

 

 

Surfer by Matt Richards

I love the retro feel in this illustration.

 

 

Leave it to Beaver by Mary Reach

A wonderful homage to classic television.

 

 

Swell by Deniz Yegin

These girls come up with the most unique ideas (if you don’t believe me, look at this) and their submission this week was no exception.

 

 

Misadventures in Confectionery by Amanda Pollard

A great illustration with an equally great story.

 

 

Swell by evans mbai

I just cannot look at this without laughing. I just looked at it again. And now I am laughing.

 

This week I have to tack on an honorable mention. It goes to Elizabeth Rose Stanton of Penspaper Studio for Most Creative Commenting. I’m pretty sure she managed to work the word ‘swell’ into every single comment she left this week. Bravo! (psst, she’s also very talented, so be sure to check out her blog).

 

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

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Friday Favorites : Imperfect

Obsession followed by imperfect…wow, it’s like Illustration Friday is looking into my soul. Heh.

Here are my perfectly imperfect picks for this week.

 

Imperfect by Sharon

Love the technique here. This one leaves me wondering about her past.

 

 

Piecing it Together by Christine Peloquin

Love the way that the separate elements come together in this piece. Beautifully done.

 

 

Imperfect by Deborah Davidson

Wabi-sabi is an amazing concept.

 

 

Imperfect by Toby Allen

For a moldy onion, she seems pretty sweet.

 

 

Imperfect by Oliver Flores

Great concept. Great execution. Those leaves are jerks.

 

 

Imperfect by Michael Robertson

Love this little girl’s retro style. I just hope her parents aren’t too disappointed.

 

 

Smile! by Ana Carmichael

Everything about this is just, well, perfect!

 

 

Imperfect by James Davies

This is just the sweetest thing. The #1 dog brings a little tear to my eye.

 

 

Imperfect by Charlotte Cheng

Dr. Horrible!!!!!! ‘Nuf said.

 

 

Imperfect by Roberta Baird

That Gomez always was a lusty one!

 

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Friday Favorites : Obsession

(Psst, before you go any further, don’t forget to enter the BIG giveaway!)

As my friends, family, and loyal readers can attest, I know nothing of this concept called ‘obsession’. Nay, I have never spent hours lying awake in the dark wondering if the walls of my pool might spontaneously burst and flood out half my neighborhood. Nor have I ever arranged every single one of my (over 900) books according to height or painstakingly made sure that every time I set my glass of wine down at dinner it was in the exact same spot on the table from whence I picked it up. For I know nothing, nothing of obsessions, obsessing, or obsessive behavior!

(I am also most definitely NOT a master of sarcasm.)

With that being said, here are some people who apparently do know a thing or two about obsessions and how to do a damn good job of  illustrating them.

 

Obsession by Louise Taylor

The concept and execution of this piece are both fantastic and the story included reminds me of my uncle…maybe I’ll tell you all (what little I know) about him someday.

 

 

Sense Memory by Karen Eide

A gorgeous piece – beautifully done. I am fascinated by this medium.

 

 

Obsession by Elli

Beautiful color palette and certainly an obsession that many of us artsy types probably share.

 

 

Obsession by Marta Tesoro

I know this look very well and I have to say it is captured perfectly here.

 

 

Obsession by Paul Zdepski

A fantastic interpretation of the topic. I love this!

 

 

Obsession by Lisa Graves

The typography and all around style of this piece are very nicely done.

 

 

Marble Man by Ella

I just love this little fellow – there’s something very endearing about him.

 

 

Obsession – Bears and Food! by Hollie L. Hibbert

Food obsessed or not, these characters are just adorable (oddly, I hope that’s what people say about me too – heh).

 

 

Obsession by Paige Keiser

Such a great expression of imagination. Love how the grass is swept up like a wave carrying him away.

 

 

Obsession by Kaitlyn McCane

So.Freaking.Adorable!

 

 

Obsession by Angela Pascale

Heh, this is so great. And it totally reminds me of my friend, Marie (although I’m not sure she’s ever gotten quite this up close and personal with her Nutella – heh).

 

 

Obsession by MAGYARiX

SO clever. I adore the overall retro feel.

 

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

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Friday Favorites : Perennial

Yeah, yeah, I know…it’s Saturday – my perennial tardiness strikes again! Better late than never though, right?

Riiiiiiight.

I’ve decided to try a little something new this week. You’ll notice that there are only ten favorites instead of my usual fifteen. Part of the reason for that is the fact that I’m a day late in posting my favorites (due to a quick family trip that we took this week). The other part is that I wanted to try adding thumbnails to the list and it is a little time-consuming.

Let me know what you think of the new layout and I’ll see about making it a weekly thing!

 

Perennial by Martin Hoogeboom

I love the idea and the execution behind this.

 

 

Perennial by Sophie

Such a sweet illustration with lovely colors and patterns.

 

 

Perennial by Ryan

I’m a sucker for ‘four seasons’ illustrations, so I couldn’t pass this one by!

 

 

Perennial by Megan Moran Smith

Love the crying clouds.

 

 

Perennial by Erika Barriga

So delicate and pretty.

 

 

Perennial by Katarzyna Zalewska

Simple and beautiful.

 

 

Perennial by Sandra Jessop

The colors in this piece are just gorgeous.

 

 

Bountiful Crops by Alyssa Nassner

Love this farmer and his basket full of deliciousness!

 

 

Perennial by Laurie French

Sir is completely obsessed with cows lately. This illustration was a favorite for him too!

 

 

Perennial by Michael Villegas

So clever!

 

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

 

 

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Friday Favorites : Gesture

What? Could it be? Am I really back?

Meh. Sort of.

As much as I have missed blogging, drawing, painting, and fully participating in Illustration Friday, I just can’t seem to get it together enough to fully recommit myself to any of those things. My reasons are many and varied, but for now, I’ll take the easy way out and blame it on the oppressive heat we have been experiencing.

It is no secret that summer is my least favorite season, mostly because I cannot handle the heat. The current heat index of 119° has me longing for the crisp, cool breezes of autumn. Instead, I am holed up in my house with all the shades pulled and the AC cranking, watching my son sit around in only his diaper in order to avoid completely melting into a puddle on the couch.

But, I digress.

This post is supposed to be about this week’s Illustration Friday awsomeness. And so it shall be…

  • Define Pleasure by Filipa Sotomayor : Simply.Gorgeous.
  • Gesture by T. Matthews : So sweet with a lovely color palette.
  • Gesture by Elly Chen : BIRD!!
  • Gesture by Jackie Kirk : MORE birds!!
  • Heart Gesture by Doris Redrupp : Just a very cool design all around.
  • Gesture by Naomi Orana : Just beautiful and such lovely colors.
  • Gesture by Rosalia : Very unique design and I love the watercolor wash.
  • Gesture by Cécile : I like the lines and her red lips.
  • Gesture by Andree : Love the retro style here.
  • Gesture by Wendy Howarth : So, so sweet.
  • Gesture by Tina Kugler : Very cute and a little retro.
  • Gesture by Becka Moor : Love this monster!
  • Pencil + Paper by Maria Alejandra Rivera : A very nice gesture, indeed.
  • Gesture by Amie : Yum!
  • Gesture by Dave Palmer : If that guy was the current weather, that hand would totally be mine.

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What’s Going on Around Here?

I have (mostly) not abandoned my blog, although it probably looks like it. Honestly, I am desperately trying to play catch-up (and tackle a ridiculous task of epic proportions in my pain-in-the-arse backyard) now that I am back in Baltimore.

I apologize for my lack of, well, everything around here. No Friday Favorites? No nothing? Yeah, pathetic. But I really, really needed a break from pretty much every aspect of my life and that break somehow managed to last three weeks. The only downside (aside from my shameful neglect of this blog) is that my muse decided to stay in northern Michigan (as I wish I could have). So, instead of creating (I haven’t touched my art supplies at all since arriving home), I’ve been focusing on the aforementioned ridiculous task…that, and falling down the basement stairs. Boy, am I sore.

So, for those of you who missed me (What? You didn’t even realize I was gone? Sheesh.), here are a few random tidbits.

  • Friday Favorites will be returning ASAP, now that I am once again in the Land of the Reliable Internet Connection (also the land of freaking Code Red air days and stifling humidity).
  • My trip was not completely devoid of creativity. In fact, I shot (what I think is) a very nice series of photographs while in northern Michigan. I even sucked it up and created prints for sale in my Etsy shop. Please check them out and let me know what you think!
  • I have once again fallen way behind on my 365 Project. Hopefully, I’ll get all caught up by the end of the week. I really can’t wait to be done with it.
  • Mosquitoes only like to bite the back of my left calf. What the hell is up with that?
  • I have really missed reading everyone’s blogs and looking at Illustration Friday submissions. I really need to get back into the swing of things and hope that I can coax my muse to come back east.
  • I chickened out on the gallery thing. I know, I know. Lame.
  • This place is fantastic. Try the Auxerrois  and the fungus wine (sounds disgusting, but it’s actually quite delicious).

photo : lakeside II by yours truly (available for purchase here)

 

 

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Friday Favorites : Launch

Welcome to the I’m-on-Vacation-in-the-Great-White-North-and-the-Internet-Here-is-Unbelievably-Slooooooooooooooow edition of Friday Favorites. I cannot even begin to tell you how long it has taken me to a) get through all of this week’s Illustration Friday submissions and b) compose this post. Just to give you an idea, it took me half an hour to upload 7 photos to Facebook the other day. Urgh.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE northern Michigan. And, I am very fortunate to have a free place to stay whenever I want to visit. However, the Internet access in more rural areas (meaning: 5 miles from the city) leaves a bit to be desired.

Several times, I contemplated giving up on the whole thing and hurling my computer out the window out of sheer frustration. Remember dial-up? Yeah, this is worse. Except this time I don’t have my college roommate griping at me for tying up the phone line while she’s waiting for an important call about the kegger at the Theta house. But I persevered, despite my frustration and fits of rage. See what I do for you people? You all owe me a glass of wine…or ten.

So, here they are, this week’s Friday Favorites, presented with little commentary (and my apologies) because, honestly, I don’t have the energy. Enjoy them with a glass of red wine and some lightning-fast Internet speeds for me, please.

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Friday Favorites : Swept

So, I came through last week’s ordeal relatively unscathed (save for a decided lack of sleep).  And here I am ready to share my Illustration Friday picks with all of you again.

I’ll pause here while you heave a collective sigh of exasperation relief. Heh.

This week’s topic was ‘swept’ and since I’m not feeling all wordy right now (was that another sigh of relief I just heard?), I’ll just get started.

  • Swept by Elizabeth Rose Stanton : Love the colors. Love the movement. Especially love the little people getting blown every which way.
  • Swept by Julia Marshall : Another piece with great movement, and the added bonus of a frightening shark looming just below the surface.
  • Swept (away) by Angela Pascale : The passenger in this boat seems to be taking a much more peaceful ride. I’m guessing there are no sharks in this water.
  • Swept by Catherine Swenson : I loved all the images of sweeping bodies of water this week. This one has such a tranquil color palette. I love how the fish are hopping out of the water in such a leisurely fashion.
  • Swept by Nicky Linzey : Another water-themed illustration. Fantastic color palette and I love the reference photos too.
  • Swept by Valeriane Leblond : Gorgeous rich colors and wind-swept mists – just beautiful.
  • Swept Away by Gumnut : Simple and quiet, yet there is much going on.
  • Aurora by Oliver Flores : This piece is a great example of how spending a little extra time to get things just right can really pay off. Beautiful work.
  • Swept by Jillian Ailsa : I love all of the textures and patterns used in this piece. And the expressions on the raccoons faces are pretty entertaining too. (Psst…go give this IF newcomer some love!)
  • (wind)swept by Koesje Koene : I just can’t resist and adorable dog (that’s how I ended up with my three monsters – heh).
  • Swept by Linda J. Calverly : Such a sweet illustration. I wish my backyard was this attractive.
  • Spider 2 by Alexander Ten Berge : Typically, spiders send me into fits of uncontrollable girlish screaming. Not this guy though. Must be the hat.
  • Swept by Rod MacGregor : I love the explanation of how this idea came about and the fact that it was drawn with one continuous line.
  • Swept by Zari : This time rock covers paper. Sweet.
  • Swept by Niki Maritz : This illustration was quite literally ‘swept’…right onto the pavement. Very cool.

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

 

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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 IllustrationFriday.com. 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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Friday Favorites : Asleep

Having recently been stricken by the plague, I spent the greater portion of this week asleep or wishing I was asleep. And I must say that looking at illustrations of people and creatures in various states of repose has not helped in my struggle to keep my eyes open. But, I will fight this urge to drift off to Dreamland and instead, share my Friday Favorites.

See what I do for you people? You’re welcome.

And now, let the snoozing commence (for the aforementioned creatures, of course – not yours truly)!

  • Asleep by Richard Morden : First of all, this.is.AWESOME. Secondly, the color palette is quite excellent.
  • Dream Stuff by Heidi A Monteleone : I believe Elizabeth Rose Stanton said it best, ‘…wonderfully surreal.’ Yep, couldn’t have said it better myself.
  • Asleep by Morderska : Another delightfully surreal sleep image.  Love the way the wallpaper and the sky were done here.
  • The Tea Time by Lucas Manoel : So many interesting details in this piece. It has a very soothing color palette as well.
  • Asleep by Pia Drent : The pattern, the lines, the birds – all so appealing.
  • Asleep by Kathleen Jennings : A very cool take on this week’s topic – I especially like that the shoes reference the original Oz books.
  • Asleep by Oana Befort : This piece really is amazing. At first glance, I was sure that it was fabric and certainly not watercolor. The texture and the way the image seems to stand right off the page are fantastic.
  • Asleep by Tracey Long : The combination of ‘real’ and drawn characters in this piece is so interesting and, dare I say it again, surreal.
  • Asleep by Stephen Cavanagh : There are few things that appeal to me more than a beautifully painted night sky. I love this sky and the adorable characters.
  • Asleep by Megumi Lemons : Such a sweet scene. This piece has wonderful texture.
  • Sleeping Bearded Pig by K-Fai Steele : This unlikely pair is quite irresistible!
  • Asleep by Beatrijs Brouwer : I am no fan of bats, but these guys are just too cute – unlike real bats, which are scary and remind me of one of the creepiest dinner parties I’ve ever attended (ooo…I smell a new blog post!).
  • Sleeping Birds by etringita : Such a fun take on the topic!
  • Asleep by Sarah Stirling : This never, ever, ever happens in our house. Ever. *ahem*
  • Asleep by charrow : This never happens in our house either, but only because Sir doesn’t own a snorkel.

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

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