‘Classic Mythology II’

Basecard painting for the Perna Studio’s trading card set ‘Classic Mythology II’: Persephone & Hades

And the sketch cards that were done for the set, all based on Ancient Greek mythology:

Snow White, the Queen, & the Apple

Basecard paintings for the trading card set ‘Spellcasters’ (2013) and ‘Classic Fairy Tales’ (2014) both for PernaStudios.

‘Poisoned Apple’ (The Witch Queen from Snow White): acrylics, gloss mediums, glitter, varnish, iridescent flakes, rubber stamping, rhinestones, and silver filigree on 9×12″ treated canvas.
‘Snow White’ inks, acrylics, gloss medium and 22k gold leaf on 9×12″ treated canvas-board.

Fairy Tale ‘Spellcasters’

I was asked to draw original versions of characters using magic. Most of us have our first encounter with magic in the stories we hear as children, so I looked to fairy tales for my inspiration.

Here are the 10 insert cards I did for this set (Spellcasters by PernaStudios).
There’ll also be 3 return cards coming – one of which will feature Snow White’s stepmother again…!

Spellcasters ‘Poisoned Apple’

The painting for the basecard (printed card) for ‘Spellcasters’ by PernaStudios.
24×30 cms; acrylics, gloss mediums, glitter, varnish, iridescent flakes, rhinestones, and silver filigree on specially treated canvas.

I do like revisiting the fairy tales of my childhood and merrily reinstating the gore, horror and ghastliness so commonly castrated by Disney and modern versions; and sometimes just adding some of my own for fun. :)  This Witch Queen is Snow White’s Stepmother, preparing a very special apple for the wayward child, and ensuring it’s a very juicy red.
Shown behind her is her mirror servant; and judging by the frame, certain sacrifices were necessary to acquire such supernatural aid. He has the pupils of a goat, or is it an octopus? Either way, it’s not human.
The dress was a lot of fun, though hard to capture in a scan (hence the inclusion of dodgy photo below), it’s an almost 3D mix of glossy varnishes and oozy oil-like effects, with iridescent flakes on the shoulders for a green beetle-wing effect; and a myriad of shiny, sparkly adornments on dress and crown.

'Poisoned Apple' (Snow White) by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘Poisoned Apple’ (Snow White)

Details of the painting:

PernaStudios – Classic Mythology I

Original artwork inspired by some of the world’s oldest beliefs that have since passed into myth. For the trading card set ‘Classic Mythology’ by Perna Studios.

‘Isis’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.

‘Loki’ painting for base-card, approx. 8.5 x 12″ mixed media on canvas.

Sketch cards (2.5 x 3.5″)

Classic Mythology I – Isis

Mixed media on canvas, approx 24×29 cms – painted as a basecard for the PernaStudios ‘Classic Mythology’ trading card set.

Isis by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Isis, Mother of Egypt

The work in progress:

Classic Mythology I – Loki

Mixed media on canvas, approx 24×29 cms – painted as a basecard for the PernaStudios ‘Classic Mythology’ trading card set.

‘The Punishment of Loki’:
Far beneath the living world they bound him to the sharpest rocks with the ‘cold intestines of his dead son’.  A monstrous serpent was set guard above him, its mouth perpetually dripping a terrible venom.  Throughout his incarceration Loki’s wife bore a bowl above him to catch the venom, hoping to spare her husband the agony its touch would cause, but after a time the bowl would fill up.  Then she was forced to turn away to empty its dreadful contents, and in those moments the venom would reach Loki’s skin. His pain was so great that his writhing moved the bones of the world and caused earthquakes throughout the lands above.

The Punishment of Loki by Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Punishment of Loki

The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper painting, 10×13″ on canvas-board, for the trading card set ‘Classic Fairy Tales’ from Perna Studios.
The rats are all long dead and still they follow after him. And now the merry fellow is returning for your children.

The Pied Piper, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Pied Piper

The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince painting, 10×13″ on canvas-board, for the trading card set ‘Classic Fairy Tales’ from Perna Studios.

He might drown you with a kiss, but if you want your little golden ball back…

Frog Prince painting, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Frog Prince