Wednesday

A Work of Art {Giveaway}

*Update* Congrats to Jane Anne and Andreah!
The rest of you, go visit Phokki because they are offering everyone 30% off all orders thru Valentine's Day. Code: VDay


I like art.

But the kind I value won't end up in a gallery or fetch a high price at an auction.

I love capturing pictures of my family and turning them into art.

Because
decoupage is my friend. (It also covers a multitude of sins).

But I recently discovered very affordable art done by real artists. Imagine that! They put my 'art' to shame, y'all.

Phokki produces pieces of art from your digital prints. They can take your ordinary photo that you upload and create original caricatures, cool vector pop art, unique manga art, plus several other choices.

Look what they did for me! I wanted to capture this picture of my parents (two of my favorite people in the whole world) reading The Christmas Story to my kids on Christmas Eve:

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Isn't it amazing? This illustration was hand drawn by the artists at Phokki. If you compare the two images carefully, you can see that the second is unique, even better. The prices are unbelievable too. I can't wait to have this print framed for my parents.

Today Phokki is giving two of my readers gift certificates to style your digital photos into art. Plus, they are offering everyone 30% off all orders thru Valentine's Day. Code: VDay

So, go visit, play around, and come back and tell me what you'd choose. My tip: Give your mother-in-law pink hair (it will make you feel better).

Giveaway closes Thursday afternoon.

Visit Works for Me Wednesday for more tips.

112 comments:

Blue Castle said...

I'm loving that Vector Pop Art. It would be fun to give my MIL pink hair, though. :)

Awesome giveaway!

Heather said...

That is awesome!!! I think I would choose the Illustration as well.

I might send in a few photos to have retouched. I'm not any good at doing it myself!

Thanks!

Tammy said...

I'd like to give my MIL more than pink hair! Ahem. Moving along.

This is such a cute website and I love your Christmas photo.

Tammy said...

OOps, and I like the Illustration.

Heather said...

I just ordered an illustration of me and my husband. Hopefully I can win and I will get one done of the kids! :)

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

I love the illustration and photo restore. I will have to send them my original wedding day photos that we captured which a Polaroid. (shutters)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Hey, my 3 kids had the same Christmas jammies! Actually I should say have, as they are still wearing them. I've been really happy with them, they are so soft, cute and reasonably priced for the quality! Anyway, enough about jammies -- I love the illustration!

Muthering Heights said...

Oooo, I love their stuff. It's so much fun!

~~tonya~~ said...

That is so cute!! Off to check out the site. TFS

Dave said...

My wife gave me a freamed picture for Christmas which was actually three separate pictures of our kids. If I won I would get an illustration of those pics.

Shawna said...

I love the pop art and the magna art...it would be so tough to decide! But if I was getting one for free, I could probably get another one....the prices are amazing!

Angie said...

Wow! These are so cool! I love how they made little changes in your photo to make it even sweeter! Very neat!

Ewokgirl said...

I'm in. I'd love to see what they could do with a photo of my cats.

tina in thailand said...

I really liked the Vector style option. A fun way to make a unique and clever family photo!
Thanks for offering this giveaway!

Icedream said...

I love the illustration but my son is a huge Manga fan so I would get his photo done for a V-Day gift.

RefreshMom said...

THAT is really cool. I'd have a hard time deciding between the illustration and caricature. Thanks for the opportunity.

The Mommy said...

I can just imagine an illustration of my toddler dressed as Dorothy...wit maybe the Emerald City in the background. Their prices are great too.

Lori said...

Love the Mix & Blend look - great idea!!

Shoebee said...

I would pick the illustration, then go over to their partner Zazzle and have it made into a cup....yea, that's what I would do.
Thanks for the great giveaways.

Lili said...

I love the illustration! A picture of my kids would be great.

Lili @ The Porch Swing

Happy Mommy said...

I just recently lost a pie contest so this would really boost my confidence right now. Oh how I hope I win! I am loving the christmas picture it is just so cool! You always find the greatest stuff.

Kristi said...

I would pick the illustration, what a cool idea!!

Gina said...

These are really cool! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

Vanessa said...

Love the illustration.

Grateful for Grace said...

Oh, I've been wanting something like this!! I'd really like to have the family photo on my blog header done. I hope I win!!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..that is fun! I love it!
-sandy toe

Anonymous said...

I would choose the illustration . . . what a great idea!

I have some photos that need enhancing/color balance . . . awesome!

heather s
hspesshardt@aol.com

Devita said...

oh my! Its magic! how could it changed?

Devita said...

oh my! Its magic! how could it changed?

Jingle said...

The illustration that you had done is fabulous! What a wonderful keepsake! The Manga Art choice is very cool! I would consider that one, but I would also love to have my two dogs done in the illustration style!

~*Michelle*~ said...

I love the caricature style.....I would def choose a group shot of my kids for that style.

great giveaway!

southerninspiration said...

hard to decide, but I would probably choose the illustration....those are just so cool! and your folks are going to LOVE, LOVE it!!

Suzanne

Jessica D. said...

Vectored Art, mix and blend! Way cool. What a fun job those artist have. Hope i win.

Sally said...

The pictures are so awesome! I have some old black and whites I would love to have restored!

Anonymous said...

I love the caricature option! Great gifts!
Nikie
micheli@starpower.net

Buncha Blue-Eyed Monkeys said...

I think I'd choose an illustration. How fun!

beckyjomama said...

I would either restore a picture of my grandparents on their 50th anniversary that was damaged on the way home from Grandma's funeral or do the vector art on a pic me and hubbs for our anniversary.

That is a GREAT site!!!

P.S.He loves you.. said...

I have the software to do this stuff but still don't know how to do it! arghh...

I love to have the illustrations one!

Cheryl said...

That is so cool. My kids love Manga, so I'd love to do one with them in that style.

Dimple Queen said...

I liked it, especially the Christmas stuff...I think that would make one unique Christmas card! However, the weightloss and pregnancy retouch ones were a bit wild!

everyday mom said...

I love the vector pop art, LOVE IT.
haleyathome@gmail.com

Amber, That's Me! said...

How fun! I would choose the illustration style though. It would be so cool to have! The 30 % discount is awesome though...thanks!

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

That is so cool!

Deborah said...

That is so fun!

tomaid@yahoo.com

mother said...

I think I would choose the Manga Art. My daughter wants to dye her hair a rainbow of different colors. I could have her portrait done to give her an idea of how she would look. Close to a rainbow bright look-a-like.

Kristi said...

I'm liking the Mix & Blend!

Kristy K said...

What a fun give-away! I would do the Vector Pop Art! My daughter is so girly and she would love a picture of herself for her room!

Lucrecia said...

They do awesome work! I love how they have the baby looking forward and your mom looking down. I'd pick a characture. And you are right, the prices are awesome, I think I'll do one for my husband for V-day.

Raise Them Up said...

Their work is amazing! I love the illustration! And what a perfect picture for you to have done. Definitely a keeper!

Upstatemomof3 said...

Very cool! I think I like the Mix and Blend. I think it looks really pretty that way.

Amanda said...

that is amazing!!! I love it!

Tina said...

I'd definitely do an illustration - that is AWESOME and VERY inexpensive.

The Glamorous Life said...

Being a photoshop junke myself...I can't believe how inexpensive their prices are! And the examples of their work are wonderful....

I would love to turn my kids into charactures....since they are CHARACTERS already!

shopannies said...

I like the mix and blend style

shopannies@yahoo.com

The Mrs. said...

Very cool! sdewoody@hotmail.com

IE Mommy Blogger said...

Wow, that is so amazing! I'd love to win this prize. I am a huge fan of photography. I have a lot of my pictures posted at my blog but believe me not even close to ALL of them. What a great contest, thanks for the fun!

I would have to go with the illustration style!

Sarah Schneider said...

I love the illustrations! It would be great to do a picture of our 5 boys laying with their heads in a circle and have them do some mod illustration twist and get it framed for our hallway!! The one you did looks great! Very memorable!
Thanks for the contest! How fun!

Kirby3131 said...

The caricature style looks like a lot of fun! They all look great, though.

What a great idea - and the family picture you have is wonderful!

Come by and see me today
Kristin
The Goat

Sarah E. said...

I love the Super Hero pictures. They would be perfect for my kids for Valentine's. My little girl was Superman for Halloween so she'd love it as well as my boys!

Tonya said...

I would probably get a picture of my mother in law(now deceased)and have it done for hubby to give to him on her birthday this year.I probably will even if I don't win:)
tmw1223 at gmail dot com

Jendeis said...

This is fantastic work. I would do the illustration. Perhaps this really great photo of my DH and his father on our wedding day.

MoziEsmé said...

This is beautiful! I love how the illustration tells a story in a way... I'd go with the illustration.

I Am Boymom said...

I am really liking the Vector Pop Art thing! I have the perfect pic of my kids that would look awesome hanging in my family room!

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Heather said...

The illustrations are amazing!

PastorMac's Ann said...

I like Illustration and Caricature the best. Too cool!

Robin said...

Wow! How cool is that? I like the Photo Restore. We have some slides from when Greg was little that we recently scanned. But they don't look very good. I'll bet they could do wonders with them.

Patrizzia said...

Now that is super cool! I would choose the illustration as well.

Patrizziag(at)comcast(dot)net

Lauren said...

WHOA! this is awesome, you always find all the cool stuff. I'm going to hop over to their site and roam around.

Heather of the EO said...

I'm in love with this!!! I don't even care if I win, I'm still ordering my little heart out. Upcoming V-Day and my parent's 40th!!! They are going to love this.

Can you tell I'm excited?????

with all the !!!!!!!!?

Thought so.
Oh, I did go there and I love the illustrations and the caricatures. And how beautifully they restore. Wow.

Jane Anne said...

That is an amazing illustration! I love it. Thanks for the chance to win!

My latest post: Wednesday Words

Amber@theRunaMuck said...

GREAT IDEA! I think that pic is super cool.

aggiemomof2 said...

I would have to pick the illustration style. I love the thought of my kids being hand-drawn!
sylviarj@yahoo.com

Carolyn G said...

I like the illustration style.

misty said...

o' my... that is AMAZING!!! just love it! so cool!!! please pick me!

franticallysimple said...

Pardon my language, but those are so-darn-freakin'-cool!
I love them all, especially the illustration.
However, can I just say, it saddened me to see that young woman's lovely freckles retouched away. What about real beauty?! If I win, maybe I'll have them give me freckles. How about that!?
[stepping off my soapbox now]
Please pick me.

Sharon said...

What a neat site! The vector pop art is fun.

Carlee said...

Mix and Blend, for sure!

MommyAmy said...

Illustration for sure!

Such a cool idea! I think I'd probably get something done of my kids as a V-Day present for hubby. He'd love it!

Suzi said...

I am loving the Vector Pop Art! Way cool. I love the way your is done as well.

Nancy said...

LOVE this!! I would definitely go for the illustration. I'm going to bookmark that site right now...and go look through my photos. Thanks!

Valarie Lea said...

That is really cool!

mama hall said...

i like the mix & blend. what an unusual gift idea! thanks :)

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

oh these are all so neat! If I had to pick one, I would pick the mix and blend effect.

Jane said...

I would love to play around with all the options. Very cool!

jama@gondtc.com

LoriM said...

The pink hair is awesome. But I really like the pet one. Thanks for the chance to win.
scrappylori at gmail dot com

Kelli said...

Good job! I love art myself and dabble. http://kellidaileyart.weebly.com
I do graphite portraits from photographs. It's much more realism than I ever imagined myself doing, but I truly enjoy it. I love the vector illustration they did for you! I enjoy that too. I just need more hours in a day and more energy with which to operate! I love your blog and found it through WFMW. I don't have a tip this week, but love yours. Thanks!

auntrene said...

I am loving the illustrations,What a neat idea. It would make a terrific gift. I also loved the Vector, and the Caricatures. I could have a good time with this site.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Rene

D... said...

Wow! That's cool!

Jenny said...

I do like the Illustration. It reminds me of a children's book. Very neat site!

reprehriestless warillever said...

I would get an illustration of our first "family" photo done.

KO said...

I LOVE this! I would get an illustrated one so fast! Plus I need to restoration one as well. Thank you for featuring this company!

-Julie said...

Those are cool! The characatures were my fave...thats a hard word to spell! ;-)

Nancy said...

This is awesome! Thanks for posting about Phokki!

barbara said...

I liked the Vector pop art style. I am the mother in law and would not like pink hair thank you.


barbaraeford@yahoo.com

Beth said...

I like the Vector Pop Art and Photo Restore. Thanks!
bethfouche at hotmail dot com

Kim said...

I would choose a fine art reproduction of a photo of the Boxer Babes for Mama Mia's birthday!

Lisa said...

I'd choose an illustration of our family. What a cool site...

carrie mitchell said...

I love this. Where did you find out about this it is great!! Can't wait to get one of my own.
Carrie

Jennifer A. said...

I don't think giving my MIL pink hair would upset her. Making her a dragon would. Gives me ideas what to do with the Christmas pics.

crystal said...

I think that this is such a great idea and would make an awesome gift too!!
I like the Illustration a lot. It would be cool to get one of my boyfriends band photo:)

cyclona66@aol.com

busymama said...

I like the mix and blend, cool stuff!!

Ashley said...

Caricature of my niece looks good, or even that doggy caricature was cute.
ashlomb at yahoo dot com

Linda Miller said...

Love the illustration. Those would look great in my daughters room and something so different.

Thanks!!

Kimberly Kovach said...

Very cool! I would do in "illustration" my favorite picture of my husband and I and give it to him at the end of the 30 day Kiss challenge:) What a great present to do a pic of each child for their rooms.

Bubba's Sis said...

Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! I want an illustration one!!

Alexia said...

I would love to have an art print from one of my photos! I think I'd choose Caricature! (Did you know that you're photo is up in the Illustration gallery now?!?!)

Andreah said...

I like both the caricature and the illustration. It will be hard to choose just one photo though!

Rosie and Derek said...

I love this idea!!! I think I'd get an illustration of one of our favorite family photos. Thanks for the chance to win, crossing my fingers!
borsky_dre at yahoo dot com

Brooke said...

This would be so fun the kids would love it! I would pick the Illustration!

Thanks!

LilyBiscuit said...

Probably Illustration.....What a great site! I love it! I could spend a lot of $$$$$ there! Thanks very much!
vac924@gmail.com

Jenn said...

I'd be all over the illustration! I did ONE vector illustration from a photo...ONCE...and I'll never do it again! SO time consuming! Love the pic of your family...so very cool! :)