Little Greek goddesses

Hera and Aphrodite

Hera, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite and Hera work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Aphrodite and Hera work in progress

Sketch cards (artist returns) for the Perna Studio set ‘Classic Mythology II’.
Acrylics, pearl media, crystals, 22k gold and silver leaf. 2.5×3.5 inches

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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

Classic Fairy Tales

With just a slightly sinister touch.
A Frog Prince who might drown you with a kiss. The Snow Queen who wants you to let her in. The Pied Piper still followed by the ghosts of rats, and now he’s returned for your children. beauty and her dying Beast. And Sleeping beauty, surrounded by her dead princes.

The Frog Prince, Snow Queen, Pied Piper, Beauty & the Beast, and Sleeping Beauty – all acrylics, metallic paints, acrylic glazes, 22k gold and pure silver leaf on 9×12″ treated canvas-board.
‘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.
All painted for Perna Studios.

Beauty and the Beast

Belle returns to the castle too late, and finds the Beast dying among the withered roses.

A painting 10×13″ on canvas-board for the forthcoming trading card set ‘Classic Fairy Tales’ from Perna Studios.

‘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″)