Bunnies, bunnies, everywhere…


Good Monday, everyone.  These bunnies have been sitting in a sketchbook as a quickly scribbled idea, so I took them out and brought them to fruition.  One of my teachers once told me, “You should always have a default animal, object, etc. to draw when you can’t think of anything to draw.”  Apparently, my default is silly bunnies.  You’re welcome, Mom.

Painted with gouache, ink, and Photoshop

Painting your Muse

Illustrating Books


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

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?

Published online and some more goats…

Le Grand Portefeuille, November Simplicity


Guess what I did this weekend?  That’s right…I made a painting.  Here are Queen Esmerelda and King Steve of Capricorn.  They are available as a print or stretched canvas in the store.

Also, I am published in Alexandria Quarterly,  (front page!) a new online magazine.  Publish or perish, right?  Also, I have a little secret project going on, and will unveil to all soon…

Be well and happy!

What does the fox say?

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille, Photoshop

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Not much…he’s rather shy.  For some reason, even as a kid I have always had a fascination for foxes.  I used to wear ears and a tail and demand that people call me “Kit.”  I don’t remember why I did this; some say I was a weird kid, but I prefer the term “imaginative.”

This is the third in a series of canidae series.  You can find this handsome fox and others on cards and iPhone cases and such in my Store, if you’re so moved.