Rose Tursi is an illustrator and craft-maker. Recently she (successfully) completed an Indiegogo campaign to fund her latest project, called Absurd Animal Illustrations. It’s a line of greeting cards and charm jewelry all illustrated by Rose, featuring, like the title says, absurd single-panel jokes and references with animals (like “flying fish” or a polar bear sunning in the tropics). Having completed the financial part of things, she now plans to expand the line and complete new pictures before releasing the first set of cards. Check out the campaign web site, or visit her personal site to see more of the illustrations she’s been working on, animal and otherwise.
Did you ever hear of Louie Schmitt and Stan Spohn? Amid Amidi reveals on Cartoon Brew that they were the cartoonists who drew & painted the ultra-cute anthropomorphic animal greeting cards for Hallmark Cards from around 1948 for the next few decades.