The Artwork

Elia Fernández

Elia Fernández

For Mythgard’s first ever Science Fiction class, we wanted to try on a brand new style of course art that would suit the switch in genre.  Elia Fernández shared her portfolio with us and we knew that her mix of the fantastic and the real was an exact match for the broad set of works that was covered. We liked it so much, in fact, that we had her back for Part II in Spring 2013 – and then for Summer 2013′s Dystopian Tradition.  And Fall 2013′s Sherlock, Science and Ratiocination.

Here’s how Elia describes herself:

I like everything that comes out of reality, the details that make something normal in something different, and i like to use an illustration to get that.  My most important work tools are a 4B pencil, watercolors and Photoshop.  I studied illustration in Escuela de Arte nº10, Madrid [and] I’m illustrating a juvenile fantasy book to be released in 2012. – Elia Fernández

Learn more about Elia’s work by visiting her portfolio.


Breana Melvin

Breana MelvinBreana Melvin was originally introduced to Mythgard as a fan of the Tolkien Professor podcast series. After seeing a call for artists, Bre approached us about creating course art for Dr. Verlyn Flieger’s Spring 2013 course, ‘Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth.’

While primarily a 3D animator, I still love to draw, and do so whenever I can. For the most part my art consists of visual development pieces for potential animated films and games.

As a kid I was presented with a plethora of fantasy related films and television shows, which eventually led me to the literary side of things. After Harry Potter came out when I was nine, it wasn’t long until I discovered Tolkien and in turn C.S. Lewis. What started out as simple consumption of media, slowly turned into obsession and finally fantastical sub-creation of my own, in which I am  forever trying to recapture the magic that I experienced when I first went beyond the wardrobe. – Breana Melvin

Learn more about Bre’s work by visiting her portfolio.


Cory Godbey

Cory GodbeyCory Godbey reached out to Dr. Olsen as a fan of The Tolkien Professor podcast series and offered up the art that would represent The Story of The Hobbit for Fall 2012 – it was just too perfect for the theme of the new course!  A bit more about Cory:

Cory Godbey has illustrated picture books, book covers, and other projects for clients such as HarperCollins, Random House, Archaia and The Jim Henson Co. In 2012 Cory will be illustrating the Labyrinth prequel graphic novel.

He has worked on animated shorts and commercials with clients including Prudential Insurance, Microsoft Zune, and the upcoming documentary film The Last Flight of Petr Ginz. – via Cory Godbey’s blog

Learn more about Cory’s work by visiting his portfolio.


Drew Blom

With the addition of new courses on C.S. Lewis and Harry Potter, the Mythgard Institute put a call out for new art. Luckily, talented illustrator Drew Blom was there to answer – and has been working with Signum University ever since!  He even designed our logo.

Drew describes his background and interests:

“I am an illustrator and graphic design instructor in the Minneapolis area. I’ve worked on graphic novels, children’s books and character design for animation.

I grew up on the stories of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The worlds they created and invited us into served as a springboard for my imagination. I credit that for much of my interest in visual storytelling in my own work. Further along in life, J.K. Rowling’s stories awakened some of the same feelings I had when I was younger reading Narnia and Lord of the Rings. It was a lot of fun to put some of those images down for this project for Mythgard and I am grateful for the opportunity.” – Drew Blom

Learn more about Drew’s work by visiting his portfolio.


Blake Lowry

After the launch of Signum University, both Mythgard Institute its new partner in learning found themselves in need of suitable mascots. Luckily, Blake Lowry rose to the challenge. Here’s some info about Blake:

“I am the son of two artists and younger brother to a video game collector. Combining the two interests of my family, I became a professional game concept and user interface artist. I’m a science fiction and Jester King beer enthusiast and live in Dripping Springs, Texas.” – Blake Lowry

Learn more about Blake’s work by visiting his portfolio.