I have to share with you the lovely work of my friend, Wendy.. Her work can be found at her blog Whimsy. She's an amazingly talented local artist - she does a little of it all - illustrations, paintings, digital art. Wendy has a style that is reminiscent (to me) of the 1960's art that had characters with such big eyes. Love it. She maintains a unique style - while playing on the art of the past.
I hope I get to work one day.
But seriously, check it out. Her writing style is awesome, too. Very entertaining!