Painting your Muse

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Paint the Muse, illustration by Nancy Lemon Carney ©2015 watercolor, ink on paperHere we are with more artistic expression via Muse the dog.  He cuts a dashing figure, reminiscent of Napoleon, or Javert from Les Miserables.  I ask you, if your dog stood still clad in old-timey maritime costume, wouldn’t you also feel inspired to paint?

Watercolor, cool new Derwent Inktense pencils, all on paper

The artist and her muse, reading

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Since creating two cute characters for the prompt “Muse”, I’ve decided to put them together in more scenes.  Maybe a story will come from pictures…as an illustrator, that is how my mind really puts things together.

Watercolor, colored pencil

The unicorns are inadvertently found…

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God's hand causes a commotion in the water. Illustration by Nancy Lemon

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We are coming to the end of the unicorn book…can you tell what will happen next?  I bet you can, you brilliant readers.

Ahoy hoy. Sorry I’ve been away…UNICORN update!

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God asks where his unicorns are.

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Hello all, it’s been a while, and for that I do apologize.  I got a bit caught up in some other projects, and let the unicorns idle for a bit.  Well, here is the newest installment, and I’m hard at work on finishing up the rest so I can just schedule them for posts.  The next step is to pick the strongest and fully illustrate in color, as publishers like to get a taste of what the illustrations will look like in their final garb.

Noah proceeds with the plan from God

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The saga continues…

A note on character design: designing God was a challenge.  I didn’t want to create a bearded man in the sky.  There is a part of the Old Testament where God is described as a column of fire at night and a pillar of cloud by day.  I like the clouds idea, and the giant arms in the sky make me smile.

I usually don’t believe in Christmas before Thanksgiving…

Le Grand Portefeuille

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…but they got me to make a flyer at work.  Yay, kids’ illustration at the day job–I love it when that happens!

I had to remove some of the information in order to use it on my blog, but the image still looks pretty nice.  Drawn by hand in pencil, scanned and spruced up in Photoshop.  The holidays are looming…hold on to your mistletoe.