Magic School!

I drew this Hogwarts-inspired diagram years ago, as an aide for English classes to help students learn the names of rooms in a house. …And of course all houses have turrets and potion cupboards… But I like the drawing, so I gave it a sepia tint and put it on RedBubble for anyone who’d like a copy. Might also be fun for people who like colouring-in. ;)

Prints and other shiny things can be found here.

Hogwarts school Harry Potter Sepia diagram illustration

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Elves at the border

I wanted a border for my Elf portraits, and I couldn’t find what I wanted so I drew it.
But designing it was a long-winded affair, and with so many changes that the best way to show it was with an animation (scroll down).
Above it is a photo of the work in progress, impasto gold paint on black drawing paper.

 

Designing a leafy border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

 

The design process for an Elf border, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Summer in the Park sketch

The studio can be too stuffy in summer, so I sneaked off to the park and set up a hasty studio under a tree, and drew things with leaves for the day.

Pencils and acrylic, approx 8×11″
Prints and shiny things here

Summer in the park sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

My outdoor studio has a nice view. But also ants.

Summer in the park sketch, outdoor studio, Soni Alcorn-Hender

25 Essential Expressions Challenge

The idea is to draw an imagined face in a variety of emotions to check he/she can run the gamut of expressions in a plausible way. This was very useful, though it took longer than it ought.

(Though admittedly the only imaginary face I’ve drawn more than once is my version of an early Sauron. …º-º It got odd around ‘flirty’ and then just went full Nic Cage by ‘silly’.)

25 Essential Expressions challenge, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Quick sketch ‘Gabriel’

Warm up sketch for a bit of exercise, and a sudden craving for magenta.

Warm-up sketch 'Gabriel' by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘Gabriel’

Dream & Death

Sandman commission:

Two of the Dreaming (with Matthew the Raven). The frame includes white lilies for Death and her ankh below; and the poppies of Morpheus for Dream as well as his helm above. This was destined for a long-time Queen fan, so Death rests upon a gravestone in honour of Freddie Mercury (with his true name). Dream stands over the statue of a fallen angel…

9×11 inches, mixed media on treated canvasboard.
All praise, honour, and little cakes to Neil Gaiman for the creation of such interesting characters.

Dream and Death, The Sandman, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Dream and Death

Dream and Death detail, The Sandman, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Dream and Death detail

Jareth auction for Cancer Research UK

I drew this, and it’s for sale. All proceeds to Cancer Research UK. If you’d like to know more, please see my Facebook page post here.

David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, Soni Alcorn-Hender

David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King

 

Avatar Last Airbender & Korra contest

My entry for the fan-art contest, the brief was: draw yourself as a bender of one of the elements, (like in the show), but I thought a group portrait would be more fun, so I begged bribed convinced artist friends who were also Avatar fans to get involved too or else.

While they drew their own Avatar-ish self-portraits, I was doing one of all of us together; and in the picture I’m drawing my friends while they are drawing themselves. It’s a picture within a picture within a picture. o_0

In clockwise order, starting with the one in green on the left (and their names are linked to their art pages):

‘Kat Lau’, earthbender (Kat Laurange); ‘Red Kaitzin’, airbender (Kate Bradley); ‘Hunni Mok’, waterbender (and paint-bender, and apparently accidental tea-bender) (Nur Hanie Mohd); Sah-ni Weazuli, firebender (look a the name, it’s me ;p); And finally my favourite on the bottom left: Lin NO(!), firebender-combustion, with combustion goat and Vaatu the rat. (Lynne Anderson).

'The Last Art-benders', by Soni Alcorn-Hender

31-Day Art Challenge, day 4

31 Days of drawing, Day 4. The prompt: ‘A cartoon character drawn in a realistic way’

Hello, Zuko here. From ‘Avatar the Last Airbender’.
Pencil and acrylics on paper. 8.5×11″

Zuko, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Zuko, by Soni Alcorn-Hender