King of Swords

A scholarly warrior-King in bright armour; haloed with stars that symbolise his celestial intellect, his distance from earthly matters, and his cold aloofness.
He holds his weapon like a Sword-of-Damocles, as both it, and his judgement, may fall at any second.
The scroll unravelling around him which bears the life and deeds of the person he is judging.

He stands upon books of collected law, and tradition which can guide and elevate, or hinder and bind.
The ground is covered in Purple Irises (for wisdom) and Black Eyed Susans (for justice), though some are crushed under the weight of the books.
The souls of the flowers rise as butterflies around him, and may still bring wisdom and mercy to his ears.

Painted for the ‘Woven Path Tarot’ for the Changeling Artist Collective, where every card is fine by a different (fantastic) artist – the Kickstarter will be out in November.

Acrylics, gouache, and colour pencil on paper, 21×29 cms.

Rath Roiben Rye

“…Say Roiben of the Unseelie Court asks for your aid.”

Rath Roiben Rye by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Rath Roiben Rye by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Some bookish fanart (that was only meant to be a warm-up sketch, but I have no control of these things).

Roiben from ‘Tithe’, ‘Ironiside’, and the ‘Folk of the Air’ series of faerie stories by Holly Black
Acrylics, pastel, & pencil – 21×29 cm

Samuel (characters from a work in progress)

Original character: Samuel by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Original character: Samuel

“When they spoke about Samuel they only said how charming he was, how generous and beautifully-mannered; how he never raised his voice, or denied a request, and was always nice to cats. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how his house is guarded by gargoyles bigger than Stonehenge, how his right-hand-woman is an actual harpy, and how his mother set fire to a desert – and I don’t mean ‘dessert’, I mean ‘an endless horizon of sand haunted by dung beetles and the memory of camels’, actual desert. It burned with a blue flame for nine days straight.
But what I’d like to know now is: what’s he doing in London? Samuel with his harpy, his secrets, and his flames, what’s he after? Because I reckon he’s looking for someone. And I wouldn’t want to be the poor bugger he’s looking for.”

(From my work-in-progress story.)

Pastel, pencils, acrylics, and gold paint on paper, 21×29 cms

Oberon & Puck

Oberon & Puck, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Oberon & Puck

‘Oberon & Puck’
Basecard art for a trading card by Iconic Creations for the set ‘Iconic Literature’.
Acrylics, mica glitter, gold leaf, dubious love potions and fairy-level arrogance, on paper
A3 / 29cms x 42cms

Prints and art items available at Society6

Work in progress and detail images:

Dracula Risen

Dracula risen, Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘Dracula Risen’
Basecard art for a trading card by Iconic Creations; acrylics and gold leaf on paper,
A3 / 29cms x 42cms

Prints and art items available at Society6

Work in progress and detail images:

Love Conquers All

‘Love Conquers All’, dangerous Eros, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Work-in-progress detail of gold leafing behind his head:

Eros / Cupid work in progress detail

~ Guards from Mount Olympus are seeking a dangerous madman who escaped on Valentine’s day: Eros, also known as Cupid. He’s naked, armed, and terrifyingly interested in your love life.
If you see him you’re advised to run to your nearest shrine, make an offering to Zeus, and ask to be turned into a tree. ~

Acrylics, chalk, pencils, and gold leaf on paper.
Prints etc available here.

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

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.

Elemental sketches

A few of the sketched ideas for the ‘Elemental’ series while playing with ideas; including an increasingly long (and increasingly tragic) story between the Merman and his lover.

All are in pencil and acrylic, paper size A4 / 8.5×11 inches. A few of them are available as prints here.