Out of Oxford  -  Serena Malyon

I did this piece out of my love and respect for the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. This piece is for “The Subtle Knife”, and depicts Will, Lyra, the tabby cat and Pantalaimon as they escape from Oxford to  Cittàgazze.

See the work in progress here!

Serena Malyon
Approx. 5″x6″, watercolour and digital

For the “Villains” challenge for Month of Fear 2015

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.


Valar Morghulis, 2014


This illustration follows the path of Arya in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I wanted to chronicle all of the death that she has encountered on her journey. I’ve included every target on her list and every person that she has killed. For every mark who is dead, I’ve included how they died in some small way (The Tickler’s many stab wounds, the bite marks on Weese, etc). 

The burning holdfast in the bottom half of the illustration represents the attack on the nights watch by Ser Amory’s men in A Clash of Kings. The towers burning in the centre represent the Red Wedding at the twins. While these events were pivotal in Arya’s journey, I felt that by the fifth book, she no longer allows herself to dwell on the events that have transpired, she is simply overcome by bloodlust for the men who did it. 

The decaying face and the skull both represent the House of Black in White in Braavos. They hint at the masks that Arya now wears. 

This illustration was created as a companion piece to The Things I do for Love.

Prints available.