Funeral tree over Moss Oak

The (supposed) funeral of Arabella Strange, attended by her grieving husband, and (unseen) gloating fairy with Thistle-down hair.
The King’s raven watches, the trees spell out the truth, and the magic came from a single tear from a lady’s handkerchief.

From Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.
Graphite and acrylics on pastel paper 21×28 cms.

The Funeral of Arabella Strange, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Funeral of Arabella Strange

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

The Raven King & Ivy, work in progress

The medieval magician and monarch, the ‘Raven King’ from Susanna Clarke’s ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’.
Pencil and acrylics on very old crunchy paper, 8×11.5″

Raven King (Strange & Norrell) work-in-progress 2, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Raven King, work-in-progress 2

Raven King (Strange & Norrell) work-in-progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Raven King work-in-progress 1

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, if you’d like to get one click here.

Titania by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Proud Titania

Dreamers of Darkness

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

Big little Alice

A commission for the ‘Legends & Lore’ stock, though quite different from all the Ancient Greekery: a much more recent character from a familiar time of talking rabbits, invisible cats and outrageously medicated caterpillars. That’s right, it’s a self portrait Alice in Wonderland.

Little-known fact: my second name is Alice. When I was four I’d wander round my dad’s shop telling potential (not for much longer) customers I was ‘Soni Alice in Wonderland’. At which point they’d look sympathetically at my parents who would just shrug helplessly. Poor bastards.
Enjoy!

Alice in Wonderland by Soni Alcorn Hender

Alice in the little house

Alice in Wonderland by Soni Alcorn Hender

Alice in the little house, detail

The Dark Nights are here

Halloween is a splendid time of year: the perfect excuse to eat your bodyweight in chocolate and wear your superhero costume in public. But any truly sinister creature knows that Halloween isn’t the best time to venture forth, precisely because the streets are full of chocolate-buzzed nutjobs dressed as superheroes. No, these chaps prefer a time that’s quieter and darker than Halloween: the night when the clocks go backward; the 13-hour night that ushers in Winter and heralds the dying of the light. Things are about to get very dark, and (as it’s me) that also means Victorian! (Apparently modern culture has monsters as well, but really, phoo, who cares?) These precious little monsters are all sketch-card sized paintings (2.5 x 3.5 inches) adorned with gory little treasures for a 3-dimensional touch.  The sale of each of these contributed a little something to an array of apt charities; for example Dracula helped an organisation in Africa get clean blood, Sweeney Todd’s donation went to Locks of Love; you get the idea. So swoon gracefully into the nearest velvet chaise, and enjoy!