Original artwork inspired by some of the world’s oldest beliefs that have since passed into myth. For the trading card set ‘Classic Mythology’ by Perna Studios.
‘Isis’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.
Isis, Egyptian goddess
‘Loki’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.
The Punishment of Loki, Norse mythology
serpent scales closeup
Sketch cards (2.5 x 3.5″)
Hel, child of Loki (Norse)
Fenrir, child of Loki (Norse)
Jormungandr, child of Loki (Norse)
Nuada Silver-hand (Celtic)
Yggdrasil, the World Tree (Norse)
Odin, All-father (Norse)
Huginn and Muninn (Norse)
Persephone in the Underworld
Charon in the Underworld
Hades in the Underworld
Orpheus and Eurydice
The Hero Jason
The Hero Theseus
The Hero Perseus
Metamorphosis of Daphne
Metamorphosis of Medusa
Metamorphosis of Arachne
The Morrigan (Celtic)
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 13, March, 2012
Mixed media on canvas, approx 24×29 cms – painted as a basecard for the PernaStudios ‘Classic Mythology’ trading card set.
Isis, Mother of Egypt
The work in progress:
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Friday 13, January, 2012
For the Legends & Lore set I decided to go a little retro, i.e. Ancient Greece & Egypt. So for your delectation I present a honey-wrapped sliver of Ancient Egyptian-ness when statement jewellery was BIG, and a plethora of Greek stars from a time when humans were muscly and Gods were nutjobs.
So get some wine, peel some grapes, and command your minstrel to strum his lyre while you daydream across the wine-dark sea.
Phoebus Apollo, god of the Sun, and music, and poetry, and chat-up lines, and all-over tans.
Dionysus/Bacchus, God of wine (and crazy women). Still relevant today, I think.
Icarus, flying just that little bit too close to the sun. Lovely tan though.
Eros (Cupid), scary, scary god of love. He shoots people for a living.
Persephone, Hades’ supposedly reluctant wife. (A kingdom AND a lifetime supply of pomegranates sounds good to me.)
Hades himself, Lord of the dead, and Cerberus his doggy.
Orpheus, the doomed minstrel playing at the gates of Hades realm. Ancient Greece did emo too.
Hecate, goddess of witchcraft. And possibly pot pourri.
Narcissus, vain little thing, fell in love with his reflection, with Echo in the distance. It’s the age-old story: boy meets girl, girl loves boy, boy loves himself, girl pines away to just a voice, boy shrivels by a river.
Odysseus, tied to the mast of his ship whilst the Sirens tempted him. Sirens with wings btw, not fish tails, WINGS.
Pandora with her jar (not box, apparently) of evils. Yet again a woman is blamed for all the bad in the world, quelle surprise.
Harpy (Aello) literally ‘one who snatches’. They weren’t originally described as ugly but of having ‘lovely hair’. And wings. And claws. And scales. And really bloody bad tempers.
Medusa – although later interpretations depict her as a reptile-headed hag-beast, she was originally beautiful.
Minotaur – the bull-headed, territorial, ponderously rampaging monster of Crete. Typical Taurean. Probably also liked cakes and fluffy sweaters, it’s a Taurus thing.
Bast – originally a lioness and solar deity, later became associated with the moon and little kitties. I gave her a little kitty anyway. A blue one.
Isis – mother of Egypt who pieced her dismembered husband back together and brought him back to life.
Cleopatra, in her famous final scene with the asp.
Ramses, mighty pharaoh. Ruled with an iron fist. And a lot of eyeliner. And really fabulous accessories. It was a good look. World leaders, take note.
Triton – a ‘sea-hued’ merman with barnacled shoulders. It’s an Old Greek Old Gregg.
The ‘Apotheosis’, when Zeus finally said ‘Oh ALRIGHT Heracles, you can come in as well.’
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Monday 20, July, 2009