I’ve been working on a new piece and documenting my process with my shiny new camera! I’m learning the camera/editing as I go, so some of these are a bit low-quality, but here’s a good look at how I paint:
Here’s the final image:
I’ve got 3 top-secret assignments to do in the next couple of weeks, but stay tuned for my next personal painting, a cover for my sample comic “Upstream”!
Hello everyone! I have completed my map of a fictional island. I had so much fun creating this, I really wanted to paint a place that I would like to explore. While working on it, I found it helpful to imagine the story of a character from the trading town of Cold Harbour who goes on a journey through these lands. It was a fantastic exercise in design and painting environments, and I would love to do more maps in the future.
First, some process videos:
You can see more process shots on my instagram, @smalyon
And here’s the final! Click for a higher res image:
Thanks for checking out my work! Not sure what my next personal work will be, but I’m hoping to do more information design. Maybe something educational next time, we’ll see!
Little Red Riding Hood
Here is my latest in my new series of fairy tale portraits. This 5″x7″ original painting will be up for sale in the next few weeks, so stay tuned for updates!
I haven’t updated this blog in a little while, but I’ll post a couple more updates with all of the exciting news and progress shots that I’ve accumulated. I’ve been working on a time consuming commission this past month, but I’ve started doing little paintings in my spare time. This is going to be a series of original paintings that illustrate fairy tales and myths, the paintings will be up for sale in a couple of weeks. This guy is “Little Jack Frost” and will act as my holiday card.
This one nearly didn’t make it! I another commission to work on last week, leaving me just 3 days to do this! It was really rushed, and a lot of this was designed on the fly. I jumped straight from the thumbnail to the final drawing; I hadnt planned on painting a goat-like devil, it just sort of happened. Originally it was a ghost, but I suppose a coven of witches summoning Lucifer was more dramatic. I think its kind of funny that I’m quite a cheery, mild-mannered person, but if you look through my portfolio you’ll see all sorts of dark or creepy paintings.
This painting is best observed while listening to Ghost’s “Ritual“.
The lovely Kristina Carroll has invited me to take part in this years Month of Fear, where artists do a painting a week based on a topic. This weeks topic was “Villains”; I chose Grima Wormtongue from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally I was going to do a portrait of the great and powerful Saruman the White (which still may happen one day), but then I remembered Wormtongue.
Over the years I’ve regarded The Lord of the Rings’ Grima Wormtongue as one of the most intriguing characters of the series. Grotesque and unloved, weak and cowardly at his core, he betrays his homeland for the promise of power. Upon seeing the Uruk army at Isenguard, a tear runs down his cheek – Is it awe or regret? When he kills Saruman – Is it revenge for how he’s been treated, or is it his attempt at redemption?
So this is my take on Grima Wormtongue. Pathetic and sniveling while dooming the world of men.
Since returning from IMC 2015, I’ve working on little thank you cards for some of the instructors at the workshop. I painted them for all of the faculty who I got to know, or who heavily influenced me that week. I also painted them for the guests who gave me portfolio reviews, all of which were extremely helpful. I feel terribly guilty for not including everyone in this, so I’m very sorry if you’re not one of the portraits. I certainly appreciated all of the faculty and guests who came in, and I look forward to seeing you all again.
Here’s how it works: for all of the instructors, I merged (bastardized) their styles with my own, which is why many of these won’t look like my usual work. The portfolio review guests got their portraits in my usual style.
*There are one or two of these that I had to copy directly from photographs, apologies to the original photographers. These are (obviously) not for sale and are just meant as personalized thank yous.
Scott Fischer – no starfish, extra starch
Donato Giancola – sorry about this one
Dan Dos Santos
This piece is called “The Brewer”. This little lady is in charge of brewing potions and making sure they come out *just* right. Its a very exact science. Just one more portrait in this series and I’ll be moving on to my next project. Stay tuned!
Three sisters live in the woods. Their plot of land is covered in bushes, flowers and weeds, ingredients for the potions they make. Every morning, crows bring the sisters plants from afar so they can start their day’s work. Companion to The Gatherers.
Progress shots of my new works can be found on my instagram.
I’m working on a small series (3-4 illustrations) about 3 witches who live in the woods making potions. This is the youngest of the three, who has the job of taking care of the crows who gather their ingredients.