The Pit – from start to finish

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:

The dragon gets his big shiny teeth and little beady eyes... #dragon #artist #timelapse #wip #watercolor

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Heres a walkthrough of my digital process, layer by layer. #dragon #stepbystep #artist #photoshop

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Here’s the final image:
dragon-small

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”!

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!

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The Approaching Storm

Here’s the finished product from this work-in-progress post!

serena malyon illustration art calgary alberta fantasy woman watercolour

I’ll be writing a small life update post soon, but I also have a couple more black and white illustrations to upload in the next few days. I’ll talk to you soon!

Oh, and my store has a promotion on right now! Get free worldwide shipping on a bunch of my products until march 8th! Just click here!

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Out of Oxford

serena malyon illustration art the subtle knife by philip pullman

This is my tribute to the book “The Subtle Knife” by Philip Pullman. Its one of my favourite book series’ and I wanted to try my hand at painting the characters and scenes that I saw in my head. Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will and the tabby cat run between worlds, trying to find safety and answers to their many questions.

Here is the in-progress post: https://smalyon.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/the-subtle-knife-progress/

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Button Hill!

Hello lovely people! I can *finally* talk about a project I worked on during the summer/fall! Orca Book Publishers is releasing Button Hill by Michael Bradford, and they asked me to do the cover for it! This is my second ever book cover commission and I had an amazing time working on it!

serena malyon illustration button hill by michael bradford orca book publishers

The book: Button Hill is a pretty awesome work of juvenile fiction. Its about a young boy and his sister who find a strange clock that sends them into another world, called Nightside. I had a great time reading the book, I found it very well paced and original.

serena malyon jacket illustration button hill michael bradford orca book publishers

The illustration: I loved working on this project, as it’s my first commission to really use the style that I use in most of my personal/self promotional work. I felt privileged that I was the first to visually design this world, and I loved squeezing little details from the book into the illustrations. Thank you Orca Books, art director Chantal Gabriell and Michael Bradford!

Button Hill comes out April 2015!

serena malyon illustration button hill michael bradford orca book publishers

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