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
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Thursday 29, October, 2015
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)
And the entire thing.
(If only someone would hire me to illustrate her next book. PleaseOhPleaseOhPlease. )
John Uskglass, the Raven King crowned in Ivy
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 7, July, 2015
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, work-in-progress 2
Raven King work-in-progress 1
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Wednesday 1, July, 2015
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.
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Sunday 17, May, 2015
‘Dreamers of Darkness’ sketch card set for sadlittles.com. I took classic literary horror as my inspiration
Phantom of the Opera
Dracula – Lucy
Dracula – the Count
Dracula – Mina
Bride of Frankenstein(‘s monster)
Fall of the House of Usher
Jack the Ripper
War of the Worlds
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Sunday 31, October, 2010
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.
Alice in the little house
Alice in the little house, detail
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 20, October, 2009
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!
Dracula (with applied brass crucifix)
Phantom of the Opera with brass mask
Dorian Gray, and his portrait. (The miniature painting is actually sewn onto the art with wire).
Dorian detail of the face
Dr Jekyll (and Mr Hyde); with test tubes made from plastic straws and a potion bottle made from beads and wire.
Frankenstein’s Creature (with a ‘clockwork’ heart of brass and silver filigree, with steel wheels and wire.)
Frankenstein’s Creature, face
Frankenstein’s Creature, heart
Sweeney Todd, with itty bitty handmade cutthroat razor.
Cthulhu! The name only geeks can spell and only the mandibly-unhinged can pronounce.
Cthulhu, ship detail
Posted by Soni Alcorn-Hender on Tuesday 21, October, 2008