Mermaids of the Deep: Antarctic Volcanic Octopus

This monstrous little she-creature is part of a small, on-going series inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and different sea creatures.
This one takes after an astonishing ghostly white octopus found a mile and a half under the sea, in the frozen black and crushing depths at the bottom of the Antarctic Ocean. There they survive on the vents of volcanically-heated water erupting from under the seabed. That’s about as extreme as it gets. If we tried to visit we’d be simultaneously boiled, frozen, and pulped.
So my Antarctic Octopus mermaid is a force to be reckoned with: pictured here resting sweetly on the skull of a much larger foe that she vanquished before breakfast.

21x29cms, acrylics and gold leaf, digitally-added frame.
Prints and pretty things available here!

Antarctic volcanic Octopus mermaid, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Mermaids of the Deep: Egyptian Starfish

My deep-sea monster ladies are inspired by the works of HP Lovecraft and various sea creatures; this one a starfish – specifically the ‘Egyptian sea star’, which then suggested a sunken (or sinking) Egyptian temple for her to haunt.
(The statue is based on a particular pharaoh, extra points if you know which.)

Prints and shiny things available here!

Egyptian sea star Starfish mermaid Soni Alcorn-Hender

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


31-Day Art Challenge, day 3

31 Days of drawing, day 3. The prompt: ‘Fruit, leaves or flowers with a gothic twist’

So this is Poison Apple, gettit? ;)
Acrylics on pastel paper. 8.5×11″

Poison Apple, gothic still-life by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Poison Apple, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

31-Day Art Challenge, day 2

31 Days of drawing, day 2. The prompt: ‘Mythological being in the modern world’

So this is Hades at Halloween. The Lord of the Underworld is amused.
Pencil and white acrylic on card. 9×11″

Hades at Halloween, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Hades at Halloween, Soni Alcorn-Hender

The Demon’s Ball

Illustration (10×12″ acrylics on canvas-board) for Perna Studio’s trading card set: Halloween 2015. Detail images below (click the images see their stories.)

The Demon's Ball

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Now available on REDBUBBLE here.

Demon Ball goodies on RedBubble, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Some of the Demon Ball goodies on RedBubble

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