Thingol the Elf King

Thingol upon his throne, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol, King of the Grey Elves, from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.

“In Beleriand, King Thingol upon his throne was as the lords of the Maiar whose power is at rest,
whose joy is as an air that they breathe in all their days,
whose thought flows in a tide untroubled from the heights to the deeps.”

Thingol throned in his grand and secret underground kingdom The pillars were said to be sculpted like great beech trees, with golden lamps hung from all their branches.
In the frame, either side of him are symbols based on those for Melian (his wife) and Luthien (his daughter), and above him his doom: the ‘Nauglamir’ necklace with a Silmaril in the middle.

He can also ornament your own underground lair, with pretty printed things from my RedBubble shop here.

Thingol (work in progress) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol (work in progress)

Thingol (detail) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Thingol (detail)

 

Eöl the Dark Elf

Eöl the Dark Elf, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl the Dark Elf from JRR Tolkien’s Silmarillion.:

“But Eöl, though stooped by his smithwork, was no Dwarf, but a tall Elf of a high kin of the Teleri, noble though grim of face; and his eyes could see deep into shadows and dark places.”

If you’d like a print of his glowering suspicion, you can find them in all sizes and finishes here.

This glowering gentleman was painted in a different way (for me): sketched entirely in paint, no line drawing at all until the end for details.
An interesting exercise, though riddled with mistakes and horror and doom. :)

Eöl the Dark Elf (detail), by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Eöl (detail)

Eöl the dark elf, work in progress

An experiment in pencil-less sketching, where instead of drawing lines and then painting, the whole thing is sketched in paint with brushes, no pencils involved until at the end for details. It’s an interesting exercise to create something just using colour, shape, and brush-stroke.

The character is an experiment too, as I’m trying to get a clearer idea of how Tolkien’s (book) elves should look.
This particular gent is/will be ‪‎Eöl‬ the dark elf from the ‪‎Silmarillion.

Eöl the dark elf, work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Painting in the basic figure using a broad brush and big strokes.

Eöl the dark elf, work in progress by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Still just painted at this stage, no drawn lines. Using armour references from both Ancient Greece and early European Medieval (circa 13th c.) And also spikes.

Eöl the dark elf, work in progress by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Now the drawing stage begins to bring out the details, starting with his face.

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

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


John Uskglass, the Raven King & ivy

John Uskglass, the Raven King with a crown of ivy leaves, for ‘ivy binds English magic’. The magician King raised by faeries, from Susanna Clarke’s book ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’.
Pencil and acrylics on old paper, 8×11.5″, finished digitally.

A detail of the whole (click to see full size) :

John Uskglass, the Raven King crowned in Ivy (detail) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

John Uskglass, the Raven King crowned in Ivy (detail)

And the entire thing.
(If only someone would hire me to illustrate her next book. PleaseOhPleaseOhPlease. )

John Uskglass, the Raven King crowned in Ivy, Soni Alcorn-Hender

John Uskglass, the Raven King crowned in Ivy

Thistle-down Hair & the Venetian Mirror

Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair, in the Venetian Mirror.
The dangerous Fairy King from Susanna Clarke’s book: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. (An earlier, uncoloured, work-in-progress version here.)
Pencil, acrylics, and digital.

Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair in the Venetian Mirror, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Gentleman with the Thistle-down Hair in the Venetian Mirror

Proud Titania

Proud Titania, Queen of the Fairies. Among all that is beautiful and poisonous. The flowers and berries around her include Wolfsbane, Hemlock, Angel Trumpets, Foxgloves, Opium poppies, Castor flowers, and Belladonna (Deadly Nightshade).

“Out of this wood do not desire to go:
Thou shalt remain here, whether thou wilt or no.”

For Perna Studios trading card set ‘Spellcasters 2: Enchanted Realms’ (coming Spring of 2016). Acrylics, pearl paint, and crystals on canvas-board 9×11 inches.
This will be a promo card for the set.

Proud Titania, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Proud Titania

The Frog Prince

He’s caught your golden ball. Come into the water to get it back.

The clothing is inspired by young men’s court dress of the German renaissance, with a bit of ballet. Painted for the Perna Studio’s trading card set ‘Classic Fairy Tales’.
Acrylics, inks, metallic paints, acrylic glazes, and 22k gold leaf on treated canvas board, approx. 9 x 12″