Dreams, Intuition, and Poetry


The Sun is Also a Star by Rad-ix

The theoretician believes in logic and believes that he despises dreams, intuition, and poetry. He does not recognize that these three fairies have only disguised themselves in order to dazzle him…. He does not know that he owes his greatest discoveries to them. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

For the Love of Dog: Pet Portrait Artists!

For those of you who know me, you know that I am a huge animal lover and I’m very passionate about the many animals that are in my life. Combine that with my love of art and you’ve got the perfect mix for today’s article: a showcase of three incredibly talented pet artists. These three woman create beautiful pieces of artwork in very different styles that bring to life beloved dogs and cats a like (and horses and goldfish and what have you). They all have a passion for animals as well and it can plainly be seen in the love and detail they put into every single painting. Enjoy!

Chelsea Conlin

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Rachael Rossman

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Kristin Bowen

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FYIllo: New Editors for Illustration!

That’s right! Fuel Your Illustration, one of the many awesome online magazines brought to you by the Fuel Brand Network, has two new editors working to bring you the best content in online illustration. Who are these awesome individuals, you ask?

Well one of them happens to be me! After writing for the magazine since February, I am now officially with a new title. The other editor is my new friend and partner-in-crime, Rondal Scott of GhostLabs Studio and Strange Kids Club. Together, we are bringing fresh new content to our favorite FUEL site. You can read the Fuel Brand Network Announcement here. Join us for some awesome illustration and comic resources over at Fuel Your Illustration! And don’t forget to follow us on twitter for even more fun links.

Webcomic Wednesday No. 23

At least I make it appear like it updates on Wednesday, right? RIGHT? Enjoy the comics!


One Swoop Fell, Mike Dutton
Updated: Twice a month (sorta)


Savage Chickens, Doug Savage
Updated: Mondays through Fridays


Sinfest, Tatsuya Ishida
Updated: Every Single Day

Missed other #WW? Find them here:
Webcomic Wednesday #22: Housepets!, Gronk, Copper
Webcomic Wednesday #21: Lesbian Pirates, Bug Comic, Dicebox
Webcomic Wednesday #20: Hark, a vagrant, Girly, Fall On Me
Webcomic Wednesday #19: Tiny Kitten Teeth, Charles Christopher, Least I Could Do
Webcomic Wednesday #18: Untitled!, Return to Sender, The Class Menagerie
Check out the Archives for more comics!

Artist Showcase: Rory Doona

I stumbled upon illustrator Rory Doona on accident. I was looking up fanart of Where the Wild Things Are and ran across a speed painting he did of Max. I ended back up at his blog and was blown away by the amazing artwork he has showcased. I cannot even begin to tell you what a treasure I’ve found.

Rory is a manga-style illustrator and animator based in Bristol, UK. He says, “My illustration work is often motivated by a need to create a sense of space and beauty, I also enjoy creating stories and one day hope to be in a position where I can publish these ideas.” His work has been published on local flyers, advertisements in magazines, and used in the well-known publisher TOKYOPOP.

At first glance, it’s easy to mistake Rory’s illustrations for those of animation genius (and personal icon) Hayao Miyazaki. The bright, bold, colors, the seamless linework, the fascinating and whimsical characters: the work demands your attention and your eyes are drawn to every use of light and shadow. I am in love with this other-worldly style he has captured. I want to be in these paintings and experience the worlds he has created. It is easy to see that every piece has a story behind it. Rory says on his facebook page, “My art is for everyone, I draw and design things that inspire me in someway and I hope by sharing them with others I can inspire them too.” I think it’s safe to say that he has certainly inspired me.

Find out more about Rory here:
RoryDoona.com
Rory Doona Blog & Gallery
DeviantArt page
Facebook page
OSnap Prints

Previous Artist Showcases:

Matt Spangler
David Lanham
Chelsea Conlin
Meg Smitherman
Viet-My Bui
Danielle Corsetto
Lois van Baarle
Erika Moen
Anne Julie Aubry
Jason Chan

below the surface of nonsense


Pikaboo by SugaRock99

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities. ~Theodore Geisel

Webcomic Wednesday No. 22

Life has been crazy so the last few weeks I only tweeted comics on twitter (@DesignCoyote). But I’m back in the saddle to bring you today’s #WebcomicWednesday! Don’t forget to tweet me with the hashtag for next week’s list. Send me your favorites!


Housepets!, Rick Griffin
Updated: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays


Gronk, Katie Cook
Updated: Fridays


Copper, Kazu Kibuishi
Updated: Once a Month

Missed other #WW? Find them here:
Webcomic Wednesday #21: Lesbian Pirates, Bug Comic, Dicebox
Webcomic Wednesday #20: Hark, a vagrant, Girly, Fall On Me
Webcomic Wednesday #19: Tiny Kitten Teeth, Charles Christopher, Least I Could Do
Webcomic Wednesday #18: Untitled!, Return to Sender, The Class Menagerie
Webcomic Wednesday #17: Lunch Notes, Apt. C-3, Ekwara
Check out the Archives for more comics!

ILRA Nominated for the Petties!

You may remember this post we wrote up earlier about asking people to nominate ILRA for DogTime’s Petties Awards. Well we asked and you came forth and did it! I Love Rescue Animals is now one of the four finalists for Best Cause Related Blog! Thank you so much to everyone who entered our names. Just making it to the final four has blown us away. You are all amazing.

Vote Again!

But it’s not over! Now that we’re in the final four, how about trying to get us to #1? I know we here at ILRA would be absolutely estatic if we managed to take the top spot, and we feel that with your support, we have a good chance.

Vote For ILRA!

So please take a moment to vote for iloverescueanimals.org in the “Best Cause Related Blog category. If you support what we do and what we stand for, this is a great way to show how much you appreciate it. With a few clicks, you have helped us take one step forward to getting our message to a bigger audience.

Thank you so much for getting us this far! Feel free to share this with friends and family. We could use all the support we can get it. Voting ends on August 20th so please get your votes in!

The Stories Are All One.


Old Man by PyroTechnician

“And in that line now was a whiskered old man, with a linen cap and a crooked nose, who waited… to share his part of the secret of heaven: That each affects the other and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Blogging of ILRA

If you haven’t noticed, I Love Rescue Animals is bursting with brand new content in our blog. Not only do we try and have a blog a day up now, but we’ve also got four, count them – FOUR, different series going on that I wanted to take a minute and showcase here. AND we’ve welcome on a new member of the team! How awesome is that? Check out what we’ve been up to!

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