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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Cthulhu dreaming

“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”
“In his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”
HP Lovecraft

‘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.

Cthulhu dreaming in different colours, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The original (available on Etsy here)
In acrylics, pastel, and pencils, 21×29 cms

Cthulu dreaming, Soni Alcorn-Hender

 

Horror Valentines!

Sometimes hearts and flowers will only do if the heart’s cursed and the flowers are omnivorous. If you wish to tell someone you love them horribly then let one of these dear little monsters be your messenger.

Greeting cards, as well as diverse ephemera for your haunted house, available here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/bohemianweasel/collections/486329-valentine-horror


31-Day Art Challenge, day 3

31 Days of drawing, day 3. The prompt: ‘Fruit, leaves or flowers with a gothic twist’

So this is Poison Apple, gettit? ;)
Acrylics on pastel paper. 8.5×11″

Poison Apple, gothic still-life by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Poison Apple, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

31-Day Art Challenge, day 2

31 Days of drawing, day 2. The prompt: ‘Mythological being in the modern world’

So this is Hades at Halloween. The Lord of the Underworld is amused.
Pencil and white acrylic on card. 9×11″

Hades at Halloween, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Hades at Halloween, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Demon’s Ball

Illustration (10×12″ acrylics on canvas-board) for Perna Studio’s trading card set: Halloween 2015. Detail images below (click the images see their stories.)

The Demon's Ball

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Now available on REDBUBBLE here.

Demon Ball goodies on RedBubble, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Some of the Demon Ball goodies on RedBubble

Collected Horrors

A waltz for sketching Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (& friends) ~ 21×29 cms, mixed inks on watercolour paper.

Edgar Allan Poe (with cat, raven, and Death's head bug) By Soni Alcorn-Hender

Edgar Allan Poe (with cat, raven, and Death’s head bug) By Soni Alcorn-Hender

Edgar Allan Poe (with cat, raven, and Death's head bug) By Soni Alcorn-Hender

Poe detail: cat & raven (by Soni Alcorn-Hender)

Poe detail: face (by Soni Alcorn-Hender)

Poe detail: face (by Soni Alcorn-Hender)

Poe detail: Death's head bug (by Soni Alcorn-Hender)

Poe detail: Death’s head bug (by Soni Alcorn-Hender)

And how it was made ~

Dreamers of Darkness

‘Dreamers of Darkness’ sketch card set for sadlittles.com. I took classic literary horror as my inspiration