About a weasel

I’m Soni (pronounced ‘sunny’), also known as the Bohemian Weasel.

Bəʊˈhiː.mi.ən ˈwiːz(ə)l: (noun) A mythology illustrator, fantasy illuminator, history embellisher, cake fancier, fearless vampire killer, disruptive influence, tea expert, grammar harpy, fluffy weasel.

A ridiculous bohemian weasel

Serious artist.

I was spawned in southern England within close radius of King Arthur’s Table, HMS Victory, and Stonehenge, (and with ‘Lord of the Rings’ being read to me since I was four.) Unavoidably I grew up believing things are better if they’re ancient, magical, possibly non-existent, and have talking trees. And if things don’t exist, you draw them.

To help me draw the non-existent things better, I did a two year art foundation at Portsmouth College (now University), and a BA(Hons) degree in illustration at the Glasgow School of Art.
I should apologise to my tutors for my frequent lateness and fantasy art aspirations, both were a cause of pain for all involved. I’m afraid to say I’m still largely nocturnal and a fulltime fantasy doodler – so clearly I was a lost cause all along, but thank you for trying. :) Though one of you still owes me half a bottle of ginger wine – you know who you are.

After graduating I fled to Portugal (warmth! sunshine! air you can see through!) and set up my studio in an old attic flat by the sea, because artistic clichés must be upheld.

And now I draw geek things. Mostly for trading cards, but also books and exhibitions.
With companies like Topps and Cryptozoic I’ve been an official artist on trading card sets for Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and various Star Wars releases, as well as the TV show Penny Dreadful.

I’ve also worked on several non-movie projects inspired by myth and history, where I get to get to be artist, creator, and storyteller – which may be the most satisfying of all. :)

So thank you for visiting, help yourself to cake and have a look around: here there be shiny things.

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Most recent art shows & appearances:

  • 2018
    – (coming up) Augusta Con, Braga, Portugal
    – Oxford University for Tolkien Society Oxonmoot
  • 2017
    – Comic Con Portugal, Artists’ Alley
    – ‘Far from the Shire Art’, Art in the Mill, Knaresborough
    – Oxford University for Tolkien Society Oxonmoot
  • 2016
    – Comic Con Portugal, Artists’ Alley
    – Newcastle Castle for Tolkien Weekend
    – Newcastle Cathedral – ‘Illuminating Tolkien’
    – Oxford University for Tolkien Society Oxonmoot
  • 2015
    – Sheffield, Bank Street Arts – ‘Evil in the Shining Light’
    – Oxford University for Tolkien Society Oxonmoot

 

Recent works in books and periodicals (and videos):

  • Tolkien Society’s publication Mallorn 2017 – front and back covers.
  • Tolkien Society’s publication ‘Amon Hen’#263 cover.
  • Tolkien Society’s publication Mallorn 2016 – art featured inside (and on the back cover) of the 57th edition.
  • Tolkien Society’s publication ‘Amon Hen’ #260 cover.
  • End credit illustrations (LotR movie style) for the Hillywood parody LotR/Frozen crossover video!
  • Denizens of the North, a Viking-inspired RPG set during Ragnarok – ‘locations’ chapter (plus several vignettes, all frames, and two vast maps as posters).
  • Tolkien Society’s publication Mallorn – art featured inside (and on the back cover) of the 54th edition.
  • Various editions of Non-Sports Update (trading card and sketch card) magazine
  • ‘Portraits of Poe’ book by Rocket Ink Studios
  • Featured in (and on the cover of) the ‘Sketch Card Mania‘ book.

 

Trading-card sets :

  • 2018 Perna Studios, Halloween III – (basecard art ‘Devil’)
  • 2018 Perna Studios, Classic Mythology III – (basecard art ‘Circe, Goddess of Enchantments’)
  • 2017 Perna Studios, Elementals – (basecard art x4: ‘Earth’, ‘Air’, ‘Fire’, ‘Water’, metallic collector editions)
  • 2016 Perna Studios, Spellcasters II – Realms of Fantasy – (basecard art x2: ‘Elves and Orcs’, ‘Proud Titania’)
  • 2015 Perna Studios, Halloween II – (basecard art x2: ‘Wolf man’, ‘Demon’s Ball’)
  • 2015 Cryptozoic Entertainment, Penny Dreadful – (sketch tarot cards)
  • 2014/15 Perna Studios, Fairy Tales – (basecard art x6: ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Pied Piper of Hamlin’, ‘Beauty & the Beast’, ‘Snow White’, ‘the Frog Prince’, ‘the Snow Queen’, and sketch cards)
  • 2013 Perna Studios, Classic Mythology II  – (basecard art ‘Persephone’, and sketch cards)
  • 2013 Cryptozoic Entertainment, The Hobbit, An Unexpected Adventure – (sketch cards)
  • 2012 Perna Studios, Spellcasters  – (basecard art ‘The Poisoned Apple’, and sketch cards)
  • 2012 BadAxe Studios, Bombshells – (basecard art ‘Andraste of Waterloo’, and sketch cards)
  • 2011 Perna Studios, Classic Mythology I – (basecard art promo card ‘Goddess Isis’, and sketch cards)
  • 2011 BadAxe Studios, Dungeon Dolls  – (basecard art ‘Lamia’, and sketch cards)
  • 2011 Topps, Star Wars Galaxy 6 – (sketch cards)
  • 2011 Versicolor, Bettie Page – (basecard art and sketch cards)
  • 2010 Sketchlords, Seven Revelations – (sketch cards)
  • 2010 BadAxe Studios, Treasure Chests  – (basecard art x 2: ‘Steampunk pirates’, and sketch cards).
  • 2010 Sadlittles, Dreamers of Darkness  – (basecard art x 2: ‘Vlad the Impaler’, and ‘La Fée Verte’ and sketch cards).
  • 2010 Topps, Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D – (sketch cards)
  • 2010 Breygent, Golden Age of Comics – (basecard art, and sketch cards)
  • 2010 Breygent, Vintage Movie Posters, Horror & Sci-Fi  – (sketch cards)
  • 2010 Breygent, Woodstock Generation – (sketch cards)
  • 2010 Topps, Star Wars Galaxy 5 – (sketch cards)
  • 2010 Sadlittles, Essence of Fairyland  – (basecard and sketch cards)
  • 2009 Topps, Star Wars Clone Wars widevision – (sketch cards)
  • 2009 Sadlittles, Legends & Lore – (basecard and sketch cards)
  • 2008 Topps, Lord of the Rings Masterpieces II – (sketch cards)
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