Revisiting the Vacationing Bear

Illustrating Books

Upon reflection and useful critiquing, I’ve revisited some projects in my online portfolio.  One was a piece I did as an Illustration Friday submission, for the prompt word “Vacation.”  Bear was just too relaxed for a realistic vacation, I’m afraid.

I consistently have fun creating these stories, and experimenting with both traditional and digital media.  May my learning never stop and my curiosity never satiated.  I hope the same for you, my creative friends!

Pointy Animal Parade

Inspiration, Le Grand Portefeuille
Illustration Friday prompt-pointy-Nancy-Lemon-illustration-2015

If you would like the original, you can find it in Pointy Animal Parade in my Etsy store.

This week’s Illustration Friday topic is “Pointy”.  This is the idea that made me giggle, so this is what I made.  (It is probably ridiculous that this is the way I make many idea decisions.)  I went analog here, using watercolors and colored pencils on watercolor paper.

If you would like a print or kids’ t-shirt, please go to my BoomBoom Prints store.

I want a vacation like this…

Digital, Photoshop
Bear vacation with books

A reading vacation would be nice.

I can’t figure out what this summer reading lover needs.  More trees?  It feels as if I’ve created a scene where there are only two trees in a vast, open space.  I would love any feedback on this.  Should more shadows be added, or is this too overdone?  I can’t help but feel that something is missing.  Comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

I am so beary punny…

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille



Wouldn’t everyone adore a palm-size Baloo??
I know I would.

“Look for the Bare Necessities…”  (yes, I just went and watched that part of The Jungle Book on Youtube.)  It’s a good philosophy.

Hello all, Happy new week.  I often think about paring down my belongings, and wonder where my “bear minimum” should be.  Even though I’m an avid reader, I have pared down books.  This was easy, as I’ve had a long love affair of libraries.  The hardest thing has been art supplies.  As I’ve embraced more digital means, I’ve sworn off buying anything unless I’m hired to do a piece and absolutely need something for that.

This was drawn and used as a personal exercise in understanding Photoshop layer masks…trickier to my head than I thought.

In other news, I’ve had two pieces selected to go up in Society 6’s main print store:

What Can an Ampersand Be Used For? and Treble Clef Cat.

I’m guessing this will give me a bit more exposure and eventually become a little supplemental income!  Fingers crossed, as I currently pay the “bear minimum” on my student loans each month!  har har har

Don’t shoot the messenger.


Try saying "bearer" in a Southern accent.

Haha, jokes at my own expense.  A thank you to Brandon H. for assisting with this idea.  Click to enlarge, and if you feel so inclined, “Like” on Facebook, “Retweet” on Twitter, or just tell your friends.  Thanks!