Elric sketch

Drawing practice inspired by a conversation about Michael Moorcock’s doomed and gloomy (gloomedy?) albino hero: Elric of Melniboné

Elric of Melniboné sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

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The Raven King

John Uskglass, the Raven King, Soni Alcorn-Hender

John Uskglass, the Raven King

“Even the Raven King – who was not a fairy, but an Englishman –
had a somewhat regrettable habit of abducting
men and women and taking them to live with him
in his castle in the Other Lands.”

The Raven King, with bird and book. Inspired by the character from exquisite Strange & Norrell by Susanna Clarke. (The audiobook is particularly good.)

Acrylics, pencil, liquid gold and silver, sterling silver leaf, and old English magic on paper 21×30 cms. Prints available here.

Elemental sketches

A few of the sketched ideas for the ‘Elemental’ series while playing with ideas; including an increasingly long (and increasingly tragic) story between the Merman and his lover.

All are in pencil and acrylic, paper size A4 / 8.5×11 inches. A few of them are available as prints here.

Elemental of Water & Choice

Water Elemental by Soni Alcorn-Hender

From a series of paintings embodying the four elements as human(ish) characters: the Spirit of Water and choice.
Seen here with his would-be lover, and the choice she has to make.

Acrylics, gesso, and liquid gold on paper; size A3 (30×42 cms or 12×17 inches.)
Created for Perna Studios (to be printed as a basecard) for their trading card set ‘Elementals’.

Prints and shiny things available here.

The work in progress (condensed into a few seconds) :

Elemental of Air & Freedom

Air Elemental by Soni Alcorn-Hender

From a series of paintings embodying the four elements as human(ish) characters: the Spirit of Air and Freedom.
(I’ve been asked repeatedly why the spirit of freedom is chained up. I shall leave that to your consideration.)

Acrylics, gesso, liquid gold, and 22k gold leaf on paper; size A3 (30×42 cms or 12×17 inches.)
Created for Perna Studios (to be printed as a basecard) for their trading card set ‘Elementals’.

Prints and shiny things available here.

Elemental of Earth & Protection

Earth Elemental by Soni Alcorn-Hender

From a series of paintings embodying the four elements as human(ish) characters: the Spirit of Earth and Protection
(with baby foxes, a little deer, and apparently *the* most fascinating plant anyone’s ever seen. :3 )

Acrylics, gesso, and liquid gold on paper; size A3 (30×42 cms or 12×17 inches.)
Created for Perna Studios (to be printed as a basecard) for their trading card set ‘Elementals’.

Prints and shiny things available here.

(Work in progress gallery) :

Elemental of Fire & Revenge

Fire Elemental by Soni Alcorn-Hender

From a series of paintings embodying the four elements as human(ish) characters: Fire, the Spirit of Revenge.
Acrylics, gesso, and liquid gold on paper; size A3 (30×42 cms or 12×17 inches.)
Created for Perna Studios (to be printed as a basecard) for their trading card set ‘Elementals’.

Prints and shiny things available here.

(Gallery of work in progress) :

Penny Dreadful tarot sketch cards

Penny Dreadful tarot sketch cards, Soni Alcorn-Hender

For the Penny Dreadful trading card set, Cryptozoic Entertainment asked me to draw the 22 Major Arcana cards of the Tarot in a way that fitted the feel of the show – but without using actor likenesses.  So I took the traits of the main characters, blended them with the Major Arcana archetypes, mirrored the compositions of the original Rider Waite tarot cards (included below for reference), and lavished them with a heady mix of Penny Dreadful themes and symbols.
Everything I put in the cards has a Penny Dreadful reason, and a Tarot reason, for being there.  Everything. o.O

Inks, acrylics, gold medium, and 22k gold leaf. Everything except the lettering of the card names and numbers is hand-drawn or painted.

Official info about this set release here: http://www.cryptozoic.com/trading-cards/penny-dreadful-trading-cards-season-1

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Rohan sketch

A test drawing for a #Rohan painting idea to get a feel for the landscape. I wanted to do a golden landscape under a cold, blue sky, (got the idea from living in Scotland) because even the grassiest places aren’t green all the time – however, my go-to Tolkien expert siad Rohan must be green; so this is as far as this version will ever get. I still like it though. :)

Rohan landscape sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rohan landscape sketch