Elric sketch

Drawing practice inspired by a conversation about Michael Moorcock’s doomed and gloomy (gloomedy?) albino hero: Elric of Melniboné

Elric of Melniboné sketch, Soni Alcorn-Hender

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The Raven King

John Uskglass, the Raven King, Soni Alcorn-Hender

John Uskglass, the Raven King

“Even the Raven King – who was not a fairy, but an Englishman –
had a somewhat regrettable habit of abducting
men and women and taking them to live with him
in his castle in the Other Lands.”

The Raven King, with bird and book. Inspired by the character from exquisite Strange & Norrell by Susanna Clarke. (The audiobook is particularly good.)

Acrylics, pencil, liquid gold and silver, sterling silver leaf, and old English magic on paper 21×30 cms. Prints available here.

Magic School!

I drew this Hogwarts-inspired diagram years ago, as an aide for English classes to help students learn the names of rooms in a house. …And of course all houses have turrets and potion cupboards… But I like the drawing, so I gave it a sepia tint and put it on RedBubble for anyone who’d like a copy. Might also be fun for people who like colouring-in. ;)

Prints and other shiny things can be found here.

Hogwarts school Harry Potter Sepia diagram illustration

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