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.
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.
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!
Here’s a little peek at what I’m working on at the moment…
Hello everyone! As you know I’ve been doing some zodiac illustrations for FFWD Weekly. I’ve been uploading one zodiac a month for a while, but I just got news a couple of weeks ago that we had to rush the project and have it done by February! So these are fresh out of the oven, I hope you like them!
More projects to come soon! I’m working on some personal work that will hopefully double as children’s book illustration and advertising illustration. We’ll see how that goes, I’d like to round out my portfolio a bit.
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