Spectrum 21!

I’m thrilled to announce that two of my illustrations have been chosen for Spectrum 21! The Plundering of Airlie and Frieze were both chosen this year, and I couldn’t be more excited. There are so many fantastic artists in the book and its such an honour to have my work included.

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Thank you to the jury, Spectrum and to Flesk Publications. I’m so thrilled to have been chosen, it’s a really amazing honour. Thank you.

Also, I’m celebrating with Haagen-Dazs. Its been a great night.


It’s finished! I’ve been getting some new work together to display at SFAL, and I really wanted to have something sci-fi to show. As with all of my personal projects, I really wanted to challenge myself. This painting was all about light and colour for me, and I think I managed to create the mood that I was going for.

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 Copyright Serena Malyon 2015

“Welcome to Camp Wait-List”

Here’s a little illustration I did for a Swerve article on camp registration and how stressful it can be for parents. They wanted something light and quirky, and I hope this piece accomplished that.

This little illustration was a bit of a challenge for me at times. Finding a balance between the left and right side of the image was tough. For a long time the left side was far too light and distracted from the main figure. Ultimately I gave the blue light a neon effect, the colour is super saturated but the value isn’t actually too light. See my blog post here about how much I’m into neon lights right now.

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I also had issues with colour, primarily due to the fact that I thought doing a digital colour comp for a watercolour painting would work out okay. I’m way more intuitive with colour when I work traditionally, so my digital comp was a bit lifeless. Still, when it came time to actually paint it, the colours worked much more naturally together and everything kind of worked out.

As for other news, I’m working on that bright sci-fi painting, which will hopefully be done next week. I’m also in the midst of planning a trip to Kansas for SFAL. When I signed up for Muddy Colors’ Rising Stars competition, I had no idea that I would actually have 1/4 of a large booth to display my work with the other winners! I’m still trying to get over how surreal this opportunity is…

Anyways, life is crazy right now, but in an awesome way. More work to be posted soon!