First thing’s first: here’s my latest illustration, Golden Embers.
This woman is very prepared to destroy the world in her search for riches and power. I suppose in the middle ages there wasn’t much of an alternative…
This illustration was brought on by my sudden need to revamp my portfolio. Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, a sci-fi/fantasy art convention. I won Muddy Colors’ Rising Stars contest, so I got to exhibit in a booth with Britt Snyder, Lindsey Look and Rebecca Yanovskaya!
The convention was amazing. My favourite events of the weekend were the lectures by the Drawn and Drafted team (Lauren Panepinto and Marc Scheff), where I learned how to market my artwork and talk to art directors. Drawn and Drafted are putting together art resources for illustrators, and they’re even coming out with a book. Its going to be absolutely invaluable to illustrators starting out, like myself, so please sign up for their website!
I was also lucky enough to receive a few portfolio reviews. I had some impromptu reviews from amazing ADs, and I scheduled one with storytelling masters Donato Giancola and Dave Palumbo. I got a lot of valuable feedback, but Donato and Dave helped the most to push me in a stylistic direction. So I’ve gotten rid of a few projects in my portfolio, and I’m working on creating 5 or more new pieces in the next couple of months.
I want to say thank you to Spectrum and Muddy Colors for supporting us so much, and to the art community there who made us feel so welcome. It was an incredible experience to meet everyone there, and I hope to be back next year.
Copyright Serena Malyon 2015