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.

In which the Unicorns are introduced…

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Besides humans, God's favorite creatures were his two unicorns.  ©Nancy Lemon 2015

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…and we see how God plays favorites.  Well…you have to admit, unicorns are pretty special creatures.  I like this book because it reminds me of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.  You know the ones…”How the Elephant Got his Trunk” and “How the Leopard Got his Spots”.  More to come on the unicorns.  Stay tuned…

As always, I welcome your comments or if you feel like sharing, just push the social media button of your choice…

Also, a HUGE “Thank you” to those of you who preordered my sloth tshirt at Cotton Bureau.  The requisite 12 have been ordered so they will now be available.  Now I just need to sell 13 more to make a profit…

Noah’s doubters and God’s plan

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A note on the type: in these dummies, I believe that it’s good to not get fancy or cute with your choice of type.  So I have chosen to use Century Schoolbook.  It’s a personal preference.  Some people tend towards Comic Sans, but that’s against my religion as a Designistrator. 😉  I am thinking I may have to redraw the left hand page, as my Noahs look a little different from the first page to the second.  One of the most important thing about illustrating a book is that the character design remains consistent from page to page.

I realize that I said I would post on Tuesday/Thursday, but life happens–perhaps it’s safer to say I will post twice a week!

As usual, feel free to leave questions, comments or words of insight in the comments section below.  Have a great weekend!

The Unicorn Legend and Noah

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Here is the first spread of the book my friend Jess has written.  (So, to be clear, this is two pages I combined in Photoshop.)

I thought I would try to post a spread every Tuesday and Thursday. (And perhaps more on weeks where I am feeling particularly expansive.) This will be a long way to lay out a book, but I enjoy sharing this process with you, friends.  Any comments or questions are, as usual, appreciated.

 Spoiler alert: there will be unicorns.