Intellectual Dog

editorial, Le Grand Portefeuille

Intellectual Dog, illustration by Nancy Lemon ©2016

Happy Friday, everyone. The illustration above is a case of finding a half-drawn sketch in a sketchbook. I liked the start, so saw it to finish. This one I actually remember starting at a coffee house…there was an engaged reader enjoying a coffee and a book. Or maybe he was studying. He was human, I remember that; however, I do so love anthropomorphization. BIG WORD for your Friday. 😀

I hope you find time for reading or whatever relaxing pursuit you desire this weekend!


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

More “winging it”


Here is a second experiment into ink, gouache and watercolor media.  I often talk about simplification in all things, even in my art.  When I look at this, it seems so detailed, but the approach is quite simple.  At least that is what it seems to me.

redWingI really need to get our scanner working at home.  These iPhone pics aren’t nearly as crisp.  However, they will do for now, with the experimental phase of work.

Bandito with Stogie


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Here is a portrait of one of my own.  He actually posed like this after I handed him a biscuit one day…it was such a great picture that I decided to paint him.  As usual, I tried to stay simple and get the “essence of Bandito” rather than dwelling too much on details. This is a mixed media piece on wood.

A friend told me all Bandito needed was a fedora to complete his 1920s gangster style.  “M’yeh, see?”  (I bet dog gangsters make toilet bowl gin rather than the bathtub variety…)

Fun with Macy

Inspiration, Le Grand Portefeuille
She flies through the air on the wings of an owl...

She flies through the air on the wings of an owl…

Hello all, happy Friday to you.

This is a weird Photoshop practice piece I’ve come up with while completing tutorials on  Now that it is complete, the feeling of the piece seems more suited to Halloween than the looming Christmas season.

The dog is my friend Blake’s…I think she’s a pit/boxer mix, although there could be some American Bulldog there.  While she seems quite stoic in nature, her tail is always wagging, as you can see.

From what I have gathered, it is really easy to get too heavy-handed with Photoshop.  The people who do it best use it in a very refined, subtle manner.  Like people who are good at applying makeup…they look really great, but don’t look as if they have makeup on.

Rosco bought the Farm

Le Grand Portefeuille, Sketchbook

This one’s for Smuniewk.

Lately I have been really inspired by two awesome illustrator artists: Sandra Dieckman and Gabriella Barouch.  They have inspired me to take more of a plunge and journey into digital art.  The above is my first attempt at creating a digital mixed media piece; I have decided that it is best to begin with a solid drawing.  To start, my scans were something I really had to research and let me tell you, plain old pencil (we’re talkin’ #2 grade school-style) doesn’t really cut it.  If you want my opinion, sketch lightly in pencil, then go over with darker Prismacolor.  I have yet to plumb my local art store for better alternatives, but will keep you fine folks posted if anything pops up.

Once the sketch is in, I suggest tossing the white background (Magic Wand tool, anyone?) in order to darken your lines.  Then have at it!  It seems that Photoshop is almost like running around in an art store and playing with all the supplies; it is a virtual bottomless pit of art paraphernalia.  At times, it can be a bit daunting, but with the help of some online tutorials ( has been my new school) and a little fearlessness, not to mention the aforementioned inspirational digital artists, there is a whole new world of art possibilities.  I know this is rough compared to the best, but I am trying to break the habit of comparing myself to others these days.  (It’s a hard habit to break.)

Rosco was my friend Smu’s dear Weimaraner who unfortunately passed away this year.  He was a 100 pound, gorgeous dog; I only met him once, but what a magnificent canine.  Smu took him on the boat while he fished; there is a great shot of Rosco on the prow of his boat.  It looks like he hollering, “Land, ho!” or, “Hey, there’s a fish!”