The artist and her muse, reading

Illustrating Books


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

Glasses-wearing Giraffe

Business of Art, Digital

I love creating designs for kids’ t-shirts and clothes almost as much as creating book illustrations. Giraffes are a particular favorite, with their crazy anatomy. I hope this fellow makes someone happy today.

Draw This! “Muse”

Inspiration, Le Grand Portefeuille

Muse, Draw This, SCBWI Nancy Lemon Carney ©2015

Every month, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators issues a prompt word for their online illustrator gallery.  The word for September is “Muse”.  My dogs have always been a great inspiration for me, so here we are.  Who (or what) is your muse?

Classic Wolfman

Love letter to October


I have never seen this movie, but I’ve always loved werewolves.  Continuing the love of October, this was quickly done on spare watercolor paper using a variety of materials!  I think I’ll go hunt this DVD down in the library, or see if Turner Classic Movies will be showing it sometime this week for Halloween…

Surfer Witch

Love letter to October


To continue my love letter to October, here is a “surfer witch”.  I used a picture of a girl surfing as a “model” for this little painting.  Originally I was hoping to post a picture a day for October, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way of best laid plans.  Therefore, I will be posting October-themed art this month, as much as I can on a schedule such as mine!  I hope you enjoy my “love letter to October.”  It’s a great feeling time of year!

Happy October 1st!

Le Grand Portefeuille

The Pumpkin Trio (watercolor, pencil, colored pencil on paper)


Oh, how I love October!  So many good things have happened during this month…2 years ago I got married, and 1 year ago our daughter was born!  Plus there is Halloween, which my parents have told me I always seemed to love even more than Christmas, and autumn starts to really come on, even here in the South.  It’s a wonderful feeling time of year.  The gateway to the holiday season.  Have a beautiful first day of October, friends.