Jack and the Beanstalk

A new illustration based on the tale “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Done as a sample of an interior illustration. More black and white work coming soon!

serena malyon illustration black and white art jack and the beanstalk

 Copyright Serena Malyon 2015

Black and white (update)

So for the past month I’ve been working on developing a good black and white style, mainly for use in book interiors. Its been a lot of trial and error (see my last several posts for examples), but I’ve found what I was looking for. Here are some little illustrations I just completed.

serena malyon illustration black and white art childrens book

beneath sand and rock pt.1

serena malyon illustration black and white art childrens book

beneath sand and rock pt.2

serena malyon illustration black and white art medieval cathedral monestary

the rocky cell

More to come in the next few days!

 Copyright Serena Malyon 2015

Frieze

I’ve been putting off scanning this for a few days because it’s so big, but I finally got around to it last night. This is a painting for an upcoming art show called “Vesuvius”. I give you “Frieze”!

serena malyon illustration calgary vesuvius charcoal ink spectrum 21

This painting was a little tricky because I challenged myself not to change anything digitally, so I could sell the original artwork. Making it polished was quite time consuming, especially as black ink tends to get very shiny when its over-saturated. The large areas of black had to be redone in charcoal, a media which helped give the figures a ghostly effect. I also used little accents of metallic watercolour, so certain parts of the painting glow in the sunlight. It’s pretty cool, as long as you try not to make it too gimmicky. I used it pretty lightly, just enough to give the painting some life. Overall, a great learning experience, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.