I’m honoured to have my illustrations featured in and on the most recent publications from the Tolkien Society:
Inside, and on the back cover of, ‘Mallorn’; and the cover of ‘Amon Hen’.
If you’re a Tolkien fan, consider joining too! :)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 7, February, 2017
‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
From The Fellowship of the Ring (chapter ‘Shadow of the Past’) by JRR Tolkien.
The famous words of comfort and wisdom spoken by Gandalf to Frodo (book version).
Pencil and acrylics on painted paper, 21×30 cms.
Gandalf and Frodo, work in progress
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 24, January, 2017
In my Etsy shop now: hand-embellished fine art prints of Snow White and the Poisoned Apple, gilded with gold leaf.
See listing for more details.
And remember kids: an apple a day keeps the prince away. So maybe try pears instead.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 14, January, 2017
For those of you whom I met in Porto last week, I was trying to explain what sketch cards are and give an idea of work I’ve done before. But it’s easier to show you. :)
Here’s a sample of sketches included with the trading card set for Topps & New Line Cinema Lord of the Rings:
There are more HERE and HERE.
‘No visitors, well-wishers, or distant relations!’
‘Farewell, dear Bilbo’
‘Realm of the Lord Celeborn…’
‘This is no mine…’
‘Why do you lay these troubles on an already troubled mind..’
‘City of Kings.’
‘Perhaps you’ve come to tell me why my son is dead..’
‘The dead do not suffer the living to pass.’
‘Do you not know death when you see it, old man?’
The Host rides to the Black Land
The White ship into the West.
‘…he’s known as Strider’
‘…forsaking the immortal life of your people’
..He is burning. Already burning!’
‘Your son is badly wounded, my lord..’
‘There will be no dawn for Men.’
The lighting of the beacon
‘Let him go, you filth!’
‘I summon you to fulfil your oath!’
(Aragorn): ‘Fight for me and I will hold your oaths fulfilled! What say you?!’ ‘…We fight.’
The black-sailed ships
The town of Bree
‘Bring forth the Ring, Frodo’
Light in the dark
The Fellowship mourn
“Govannas vîn gwennen le, Haldir o Lórien.”
‘The Pillars of the Kings!’
The Black Gate is shut.
‘There is nothing for you here, only death.’
‘Leithio i philinn!’
‘Who enters my domain?’
The Dead Army swarm the enemy
‘I do not believe this darkness will endure.’
‘I can’t carry it for you…’
A long-awaited reunion.
And some of the sketches for various Star Wars sets for Topps and Lucasfilm :
There are (many) more here for the Empire Strikes Back, and here for the animated Clone Wars series (which I really enjoyed), and here for all the Star Wars things before the new movies.
Amidala stained glass miniature
Leia stained glass miniature
Han Solo stained glass miniature
And here’s a sample of the tarot cards (major arcana only) I was asked to make for the Penny Dreadful set, based on the themes & symbols of the show, but not using the actors’ likenesses.
You can see more about these particular cards HERE, there are many more which I still need to upload to my site!
And if you still want to know more, go here: https://bohemianweasel.com/about/
And then come and say ‘hi’ on Facebook! :D https://www.facebook.com/BohemianWeasel/
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 16, December, 2016
A tree-herder, or ‘Ent’ inspired by the Big Belly oak of Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, and the excellent walking (and talking) trees from JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
Mixed media on A4 200gsm paper, 21 x 29.7 cm, or 8.3 x 11.7 inches.
Prints and shiny things available here.
Treebeard and Ent sketches,
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 21, November, 2016
“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”
“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”
‘Dreaming Cthulhu’ in a range of Lovecraftian colours: Cyclopean sepia, non-Euclidean green, Decadent indigo, and Daemoniac black. Now there’s a cosmic horror to suit every mood and occasion. Available here.
The original (available on Etsy here)
In acrylics, pastel, and pencils, 21×29 cms
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 14, November, 2016
This monstrous little she-creature is part of a small, on-going series inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and different sea creatures.
This one takes after an astonishing ghostly white octopus found a mile and a half under the sea, in the frozen black and crushing depths at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. There they survive on the vents of volcanically-heated water erupting from under the seabed. That’s about as extreme as it gets. If we tried to visit we’d be simultaneously boiled, frozen, and pulped.
So my Antarctic Octopus mermaid is a force to be reckoned with: pictured here resting sweetly on the skull of a much larger foe that she vanquished before breakfast.
21x29cms, acrylics and gold leaf, digitally-added frame.
Prints and pretty things available here!
Octopus mermaid wip1
Octopus mermaid wip2
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 7, November, 2016
My deep-sea monster ladies are inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and various sea creatures; this one a starfish – specifically the ‘Egyptian sea star’, which then suggested a sunken (or sinking) Egyptian temple for her to haunt.
(The statue is based on a particular pharaoh, extra points if you know which.)
Prints and shiny things available here!
Starfish mermaid WIP 1
Starfish mermaid WIP 2
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 5, November, 2016
Hera and Aphrodite
Aphrodite and Hera work in progress
Sketch cards (artist returns) for the Perna Studio set ‘Classic Mythology II’.
Acrylics, pearl media, crystals, 22k gold and silver leaf. 2.5×3.5 inches
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Saturday 22, October, 2016