Magic artist Serena Malyon talks about her favorite art pieces

Artist Serena Malyon is a newer Magic: The Gathering artist, having produced pieces for the game since 2022's Street of New Capenna.

To date, that's 16 pieces of artwork for the game up through the Commander decks for Murders at Karlov Manor.

Of those, a few stand out amongst the rest as the ones that mean the most to her.  And that includes the first she ever did for the game: Disciplined Duelist.

"I was just so thrilled to be a part of Magic," she confesses.  "Someone was taking a chance on hiring me and it was for a special set that utilized some of my skills of composition and lighting."

She continues, "I love drama and that set was all about art deco drama."


Another of her Magic illustrations that stands out to her is the work she did for the card Soul of Emancipation, also from Streets of New Capenna.

"[It's] another one that really tested my skillset and it made me grow as an artist," she says.  "And I've been growing with Magic ever since then."

But the piece she says is her favorite amongst all those she's done so far for the CCG is her art for the Wilds of Eldraine version of Rhystic Study.

"Just the amount of time I put into all of the details and creating something that a person can get lost in, I had a lot of fun making it and I love seeing people's reactions when they see the full art up close," says Malyon.

You can find more of Malyon's artwork (both Magic and otherwise) on her website.

Barry White

Barry White is a longtime Magic: The Gathering player, having started in 1994 shortly before the release of 'Fallen Empires.' After graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, he went on to a 15-year journalism career as a writer, reporter, and videographer for three different ABC affiliate newsrooms.