Classic Mythology II: Helios & Selene

Helios and Selene, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Helios, god of the sun, and Selene, goddess of the moon from the pantheon of Ancient Greece.

Of my 5 artist returns for this set, these are the only 2 finished so far. The others may have to wait until September or after.
Both Helios and Selene are now for sale, if you’re interested in a little sun or moon for your own collection, please see here.

Classic Mythology 2 work in progress, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Classic Mythology 2 cards, work in progress

‘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

'A gift for lips as red as blood'. Snow White, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

Snow White, ‘A gift for lips as red as blood’.

Basecard painting for the trading card set ‘Classic Fairy Tales’ (2014) for PernaStudios.
In inks, acrylics, gloss medium and 22k gold leaf on 9×12″ treated canvas-board.

Of Persephone and Pomegranates

Persephone catches the awful attention of Hades, Lord of the Dead.
Mixed shiny, sparkly media and pomegranates on canvas board, 12 x 8.5″
To be printed as one of the cards in the forthcoming trading card set ‘Classic Mythology 2’ from Perna Studios.

For sale via silent auction (2 days only) on my Facebook art page HERE.

Persephone and Hades, Soni Alcorn-Hender

Hades loved her but Persephone flew from him. Yet he followed and watched her, and devised a way to steal her to be his queen of the dead.

Persephone and Hades (detail), Soni Alcorn-Hender

detail

Bombshells, artist return cards

'Bombshells' Napoleonic Wars inspired sketch cards by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘Bombshells’ Napoleonic Wars inspired sketch cards by Soni Alcorn-Hender

For sale via my Facebook Page HERE. :)

The brief for this project was ‘sexy women at war’, so expanding on the Waterloo/Napoleonic theme of my basecard painting for this set, I imagined what it would be like if the British had some Regency-era ‘Amazons’ in their midst during the Napoleonic Wars. These are the final five (and most elaborate):

Sergeant Sarah Stoker's concealed dagger, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

“Sergeant Sarah Stoker’s concealed dagger…”

“Emma Morgan, Lieutenant of HMS Victory”

The gunners at Trafalgar, by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘It was hot and dirty work for the gunners at Trafalgar who rejoiced when the battle was over.’

“Captain Victoria Hart, Heavy Artillery.”

'Olivia Black and Marianne Dauphin' , by Soni Alcorn-Hender

‘Olivia Black and Marianne Dauphin meet again…’

‘Bombshells, Women of War’ sketch cards

“Has Wellington nothing to offer me but these Amazons?”

I doubt the above quote was ever uttered by Napoleon himself; probably just a good line for a movie (‘Waterloo’, 1970) said while the Emperor was watching the approaching British army. Either way, I liked it.

The brief for this project was ‘sexy women at war’, so expanding on the Waterloo/Napoleonic theme of my basecard painting for this set… (prints available here)

…I imagined what it would be like if the British had some Regency-era ‘Amazons’ in their midst during the Napoleonic Wars.

These are all the sketch cards I did for the ‘Bombshells’ trading cards.

 

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:

‘Andraste of Waterloo’

 

Prints available here.

A painting for the trading card set ‘Bombshells, Women of War’. I went Napoleonic. Or Wellingtonian, rather.
‘Andraste’ is a war goddess of the ancient Britons, said to have been called upon by Boudicca herself before battle. This is how she might look if materialising on the battlefield of Waterloo in 1815.

The inspirations for this include a very famous painting of Napoleon astride his horse (‘Napoleon Crossing the Alps’ by Jacques-Louis David), and a lovely photo of Florence Welch for Vogue.
12 x 10 inches on canvas