Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Now Available: Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within

I felt very accomplished when I published my first book, Seefer Elliot and the World Aside Ours. I had fun writing and promoting that first attempt to become a novelist. Soon after the dust settled, I realized I had to get back to the drawing board (computer) and start the follow-up.

After a year of outlining, editing, re-writing, editing again, marketing and promoting, I am happy to announce that Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within is now available everywhere.

If you haven't seen it, please have a look at the book trailer (which, I must say, is pretty cool):

And if you are anxious to read it, you will be happy to know that for a limited time, both books will be listed for $0.99 on Amazon. Get them while you can:


Thank you to all of those who have supported me along the way!

High fives!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Giveaway for Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within by Pat Mallon

Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within

by Pat Mallon

Giveaway ends May 06, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

There may be 6 more days to go until the release of Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within, but you can enter to win a copy now on Goodreads. All you have to do is follow the link above and put the book on your bookshelf. Good luck!

BTW, here's a shot of the cover, since I haven't shared that yet...

High Fives,


Monday, April 28, 2014

Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within

On May 6th, I will be releasing Seefer Elliot and the Darkness Within. The sequel to The World Aside Ours has been the labor of love over the last year. When I published my first book last January, I felt very satisfied with the effort. I wrote the book with little plans to expand on the small universe I built. As time went by, ideas kept popping into my head for further adventures of the boy that would save the world. Thus, my hunger to pick up the pen continued.

The Darkness Within follows Seefer Elliot during the months following the alien attack on his school. Investigators are suspicious of Seefer as reports of his powers and feats begin to build. Meanwhile, a new threat hunts the boy the Omegans call "Cepheus."

I am very excited to show off the book trailer for this second edition. Please check it out and consider picking up a copy of The Darkness Within on May 6th.



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Cover for Seefer Elliot #1

With the release of Seefer Elliot #2 fastly approaching, it was time to bring the first book’s cover in line with the new cover format. The digital painting illustration is more in line with many middle-grade novels. I liked the old look, but I can see how it would have come off as slightly young for readers who are trying to identify with older material.



What do you think?

Saturday, January 18, 2014


If you have children, you may have heard of the movie, "Frozen." It is wildly popular, and for good reason. It's terrific. My girls are obsessed having seen the movie a bunch of times, listening to the soundtrack and playing with the toys. Frozen is a phenomenon.

Among the Frozen swag we have around the house are a few illustrated picture books. I have admired the technical ability of the artists that Disney employs. Since I am attempting to learn similar techniques, I thought I'd give replicating one of the images a go. What do you think?
Credit: Picture on left is from book, "Anna's Best Friends" by Christy Webster (illustrated by Disney Storyboard Artists).

I'm a far way away from making my own illustrations come to life, but trying to duplicate images from a book has helped me with the technique.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Comics are the testing ground

It's a new year, so I'm trying new things. One of the goals I have as an illustrator is to learn better coloring techniques. Since I've been doing Milk for Dead Hamsters, my coloring has been relatively unchanged. I take the paint bucket in Photoshop, fill areas with color and then add some shadows:

When I started illustrating books in 2012, I picked up some techniques to make for different results. But essentially, this was just a practice of applying some textures over the colored areas. This produced a water-color-like effect. But realistically, it was all the same.For example, the background here is dabbed with some water color PS brushes:

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But I want to take some control over the matter. I want to learn how to digitally paint. I have been using a lot of the tutorials on Ctrl+Paint to help me. So far, I love the development. I am going to periodically use m4dh as my testing ground for my progression before I employ these techniques in books or freelance jobs. While digital painting takes more time, the end result is a warmer, more welcoming image. Here's my first go at it: