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


31-Day Art Challenge, day 5

31 Days of drawing, Day 5. The prompt: ‘A movie/TV character drawn in a cartoony way

Even though he’s first and foremost a book character, the movie version makes a good subject: Thranduil.
As a ‘cartoon’ it’s a failure: too many lines by about five-bajillion lines, and peculiarly Byzantine, but I like it anyway. :) But I still (really) need to practise drawing cartoons and other simplified, non OCD things.
Inks and liquid leaf on scatty cardstock. 8×10″

Thranduil, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thranduil, 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

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

31 Day art challenge for illustrators and fan-artists

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Bohemian Weasel's 31 Day Drawing Adventure challenge thing for illustrators and fan-artists

October is becoming the month of art challenges, the idea is each day you’re given a different prompt to inspire you to make new work, even if it’s just a quick sketch. But none of the challenges I saw really spingled my spangles. I don’t want to draw my breakfast, or my shoes, or my phone – I want to draw vampires and talking trees and Hobbits in lederhosen – so I made my own 31-day drawing art adventure instead, woo!

It’s more specific than most, as I find having some rules and limits helps creativity. If someone says ‘draw a man’, my mind goes blank; but if they say ‘draw a man in the rain with a sinister hat’, I get ideas!   It’s slanted towards illustrators with a love for fiction and fantasy, as well as fan-artists who want to find new ways to approach their favourite stories, but there’s a bit of everything for everyone.
If this inspires you to make things let me know! :)