The End of the Line cover

This is a book cover I just completed for the upcoming children’s book The End of the Line by Sharon E. McKay. The End of the Line, published by the Annick Press, is coming Fall 2014, so check it out once it hits shelves!

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 Copyright Serena Malyon 2015

Muddy Colors Rising Stars 2014

So there’s this amazing illustration blog called Muddy Colors that is run by some of the top illustrators in the biz. Every year, Muddy Colors has a competition to have your work exhibited in a booth at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. This year I submitted a few of my illustrations and I just found out that I’m one of the winners! I feel so amazingly lucky to be recognized among such other awesome illustrators, and I can’t even properly express how thankful I am to the lovely panel of artists who chose me. Here’s the painting that got in:

serena malyon illustration art kate rusby bonnie house of airlie

Thank you for such an amazing opportunity, Muddy Colors, this means the world to me.

In Progress – 80s inspiration

Here’s a new personal piece I’m working on. Lately, my boyfriend and I have been watching lots and lots of horror and sci fi b-movies from the 70s and 80s. Terrorvision, Night of the Comet, Night of the Creeps, Creepshow, Return of the Living Dead II, Basket Case… the list goes on and on. One thing I’ve come to really appreciate is the ability of lighting to completely alter a once-boring urban landscape.

One common feature of these films is the significance of the neon light. Usually if there’s more than one neon light shining on a character, something exciting’s about to happen. Now here are some awesome examples of neon in film from the 70s and 80s:

Creepshow: every bad event can be predicted by the amount of neon in the shot.

Terrorvision: my favourite intentionally-cheesy horror movie. Please watch it.

Susperia: starring Jessica Harper (I love her) and neon lights.

Night of the Comet: a great example of how light changes a landscape.

How could I not be inspired?