Tiny

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille

For this Illustration Friday, I decided to keep playing with the Wacom and Photoshop, so I drew and inked a sketch, then played with color and brushes in the computer. I really like the way this process has been going, and the palette is very unlike my usual earthy tones.  It’s definitely good to get out of the comfort zone.

"Tiny" Illustration Submission by Nancy Lemon © 2016

I put a bird on it!

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille

Hello Friends.  As you know, I am constantly experimenting with different art mediums as well as on a constant quest for simplification. Now that I have a Wacom tablet, I am challenging myself to create art straight into the computer, but trying to keep it as “hand made” looking as I can. I LOVE painting, drawing with different tools, and generally making a creative mess, but sometimes it is nice to maximize the space I have by using the laptop and the Wacom.  No mess up, no clean up, and editing is SO EASY. As simplification goes…all it is is thte laptop and the Wacom.

I have long been reticent to technology as an art tool (stubborn as a mule, Dad would say) and have just embraced this idea in the past four years or so.  I’ve been drawing on paper, scanning and then “painting” with Photoshop, but for this I thought I’d try straight up computer.  I still love my watercolors, and bring my traveling “studio” with me for lunch breaks, but it is always good to stretch one’s self, I think.

Like the link above states, you are able to get this design on a myriad of items in the Society 6 shop.  I am currently trying to revamp the stores, and fill them with better designs, as the holidays are right around the corner.  Stay tuned, and please share this post, if you feel so inclined.

Grow a Sasquatch

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille

Grow a Sasquatch, ©2015 Nancy Lemon, illustrator

Last week’s prompt word on Illustration Friday was “Grow”, so naturally, I grew a Sasquatch.  Kind of a no-brainer, really.  As anyone who grew up in the 1980s knows, Sasquatches are gentle vegetarians.  (Thank you, Harry and the Hendersons.)

I got to use my illustration talents at regular work.

Business of Art, Le Grand Portefeuille

Will wonders never cease…

…I got to create a sort of children’s illustration project at the old day job! The Lions Club here has donated money to the Eye Institute of the Medical University (where I work) for a reading/fun waiting room for kids. They put in a request for a fun poster featuring a kid-friendly lion, so the job was passed to me. (Thanks again, Tom!)  I came up with several ideas, these two were presented, and they ended up using the three lion illustration for a poster, and the lion in the chair for book plates for their books in the waiting room.  I’m stoked that kids will see my lions.

Just a silly idea.

Business of Art, Digital, Photoshop

Digital illustration by Nancy Lemon ©2015

I initially had an idea for more coffee mugs, and I thought about small people and critters who tend to show up at the edge of the bed to ask this very question.  SO, it is now on a coffee mug in my Society6 store. (As well as being available as a print.)

I’ve been really having fun with these new digital brushes; they almost lend a screen printed look.  It is really fun to experiment with drawing and then manipulating with the endless possibilities of the digital realm.  This is the way an illustration style is pushed and stretched…it’s really fun.  I love doing what I do. 🙂

The Unicorns are in too deep

Illustrating Books
Unicorns of God miss Noah's ark - art by Nancy Lemon ©2015

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Uh oh, unicorns, what did you do?  Will you miss curfew?  We are continuing on with the story of Noah and God’s lost unicorns.  It is getting stormy for Driggs and Bridger.  What will happen?  Stay tuned for more…