Congrats to Tess Wrathall, winner of the August smackdown!

  First place! Image by Tess Wrathall.  Instagram .

First place! Image by Tess Wrathall. Instagram.

What an awesome bunch of entries for our August art contest! You guys really mined the depths of our collective Worst Fears. We got everything from deep sea creatures to first day of school jitters. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Tess Wrathall took top honors with her submission for its stellar execution and just sheer creepiness. Per Lee White, who judged the contest, "This one was a no brainer for me. It had everything going for it. A great concept that is so unique I can't say that I ever would have anticipated it. Then the technique is flawless. Color and lighting are amazing. Great work Tess!"

Tyson Ranes took 2nd place with his mischievous mouse. Per Lee: "Second place was tricky and it took some time to figure it out. There were 4 that were right there and I kept switching between them. Ultimately, I had to keep coming back to the prompt. Which one really hit 'worst fear' the best. In my opinion, Tyson's image couldn't be ignored. Great paint technique and hit the fear topic perfectly."

  2nd place! Image by Tyson Ranes.

2nd place! Image by Tyson Ranes.

We had a lot of great entries this month! It was a struggle to narrow it down, but Lee ended up picking 11 more entries as honorable mentions. Check 'em out below 😀

  Honorable Mention. Image by Megan Stringfellow.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Megan Stringfellow. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Sarah Elliott.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Sarah Elliott. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Mike Blake.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Mike Blake. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Noemie Gionet.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Noemie Gionet. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Julian Beresford.  Website .

Honorable Mention. Image by Julian Beresford. Website.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Eric Castleman.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Eric Castleman. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Tannie Smith.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Tannie Smith. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Kai Satoshi.  Instagram .

Honorable Mention. Image by Kai Satoshi. Instagram.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Gary Wilkinson.  Facebook .

Honorable Mention. Image by Gary Wilkinson. Facebook.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Rebecca Hirsch.

Honorable Mention. Image by Rebecca Hirsch.

  Honorable Mention. Image by Niki Vaszi.  Website .

Honorable Mention. Image by Niki Vaszi. Website.

To see ALL the entries for August, check out the handy dandy slideshow, compiled the amazing Chip Valecek 😀 Until next time!