Here are some shots of the previously mentioned left border figure. These are from my phone so I know they are kinda fuzzy. To show you a progression...
I have to say what really inspired this and it's opposing figure was the book Journey of the Imagination - the artwork of James Christensen, I was not familiar with Mr. Christensen until maybe a year ago. I saw his book in Barnes and Noble and kept wanting to buy it but kept putting it off [I didn't have the $ and then when I did it was a destination too far out of the way... etc]. I'm glad I finally went out there and picked it up, it's really amazing. Very wonderful and absurd, two qualities I hold in very high regard. He also includes in many of his pieces floating fish. Which is definitely something I wish I had come up with. Anyway, you should gander at his site and search out his book, you won't regret it. Here's a couple of grabs off of the internet-
He reminds me a lot of Alan Aldridge, whom I believe you'll remember me talking about in an earlier post.
Speaking of amazing illustrators and artists of the fantastical, I don't recall if I've mentioned Kinuko Craft, who also has an art book out now Drawings and Paintings. She is also one of my contemporary favorites. We've picked up a couple of her illustrated story books, King Midas and Cinderella. She's just as magical and magnificent as Aldridge, Christensen, Rackham, Dulac, Crane, Nielsen, Tenniel, and Ford. To name a few... heh. I hope some of these names are new to you, because then you've got plenty of exploring to do. Here's a Kinuko Craft though, enjoy-