Drawing is Playing

Digital, Le Grand Portefeuille

 

Digital illustration by Nancy Lemon © 2016

I drew the original drawing in my sketchbook, then scanned it to play around with all the Photoshop brushes I’ve acquired from Kyle T. Webster (best Photoshop brushes, bar none). I’m having to downsize my studio soon, so am toying with using the computer more for illustration. This was really fun to do, actually, and it seems the experimentation with this sort of thing is rather limitless. So…party on and stay tuned for more.

Developing Wings

Le Grand Portefeuille, Photoshop

 

It is fun to play around with the Wacom, as well as illustrate quotes by favorite authors. I am rather happy with the way this turned out, and feel it may be the start of something new in my artistic journey.

Three Little Pigs, reboot

Inspiration, Le Grand Portefeuille
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Sample cover

So, I have been playing around on Skillshare (highly recommend) and have been loving the camaraderie of being “in class” again. This was for a class with the great Lisa Congdon.  The project was to respond to an imaginary art director’s email and then illustrate a creative brief she sent.  In a nutshell, it was to reinterpret a well known fairy tale.  I think the houses need a little something, but I am pretty satisfied with this.

 

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. 🙂

I usually don’t believe in Christmas before Thanksgiving…

Le Grand Portefeuille

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…but they got me to make a flyer at work.  Yay, kids’ illustration at the day job–I love it when that happens!

I had to remove some of the information in order to use it on my blog, but the image still looks pretty nice.  Drawn by hand in pencil, scanned and spruced up in Photoshop.  The holidays are looming…hold on to your mistletoe.