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!

Revisiting the Vacationing Bear

Illustrating Books

Upon reflection and useful critiquing, I’ve revisited some projects in my online portfolio.  One was a piece I did as an Illustration Friday submission, for the prompt word “Vacation.”  Bear was just too relaxed for a realistic vacation, I’m afraid.

I consistently have fun creating these stories, and experimenting with both traditional and digital media.  May my learning never stop and my curiosity never satiated.  I hope the same for you, my creative friends!

The artist and her muse, reading

Illustrating Books

muse-read-nancy-lemon

Since creating two cute characters for the prompt “Muse”, I’ve decided to put them together in more scenes.  Maybe a story will come from pictures…as an illustrator, that is how my mind really puts things together.

Watercolor, colored pencil

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.

I want a vacation like this…

Digital, Photoshop
Bear vacation with books

A reading vacation would be nice.

I can’t figure out what this summer reading lover needs.  More trees?  It feels as if I’ve created a scene where there are only two trees in a vast, open space.  I would love any feedback on this.  Should more shadows be added, or is this too overdone?  I can’t help but feel that something is missing.  Comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Literary Soccer Cats by Nancy Lemon

Pet Portraits

 

literary cats, orange cat, tuxedo cat, siamese, gray, fluffy

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A friend and colleague commissioned me to create a painting of their four cats for his wife’s birthday, which I thought was a very nice gift.  (Although I may be a bit biased…)  Their names are Faulkner, Whitman, Beckford (aka Baby Monkey), and Titus Bramble.  Two literary, two soccer (or football) players.  His and hers, if you will.  If you like this, feel free to check out my Etsy shop for more animal watercolor paintings and you can also request custom pieces there. Or check out the INPRNT store I have set up for prints.  As always, thank you for following along on my illustrated journey!  Have a marvelous weekend.