The completed map!

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:

Building up the towns in my map, listening to "Open" by Rhye.

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Had a chance to work on this today, here's me painting the coastline on my map #wip #maps #watercolor

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A birds eye view of my latest work in progress. The song i was listening to is "To Let Myself Go" by Ane Brun

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You can see more process shots on my instagram, @smalyon

And here’s the final! Click for a higher res image:

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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!

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Little Jack Frost

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.

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Month of Fear week 1: Wormtongue

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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.

 

The final zodiac illustrations

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!

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serena malyon illustration ffwd fast forward calgary horoscope zodiac

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serena malyon illustration ffwd fast forward calgary horoscope zodiac

serena malyon illustration ffwd fast forward calgary horoscope zodiac

serena malyon illustration ffwd fast forward calgary horoscope zodiac

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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