Alkonost's exist in Russian folklore, they are birds with the heads of beautiful women. If you hear their magical song when they sing, you forget that you even exist and disappear. I think that Alkonost's are very similar to Harpy's in iconology.
I wanted to make my Alkonost into a traditional Russian Princess with her decorative headdress and jewels.
The used a scratchboard technique to create this piece, by painting an artboard with black ink and using fine scrapers to reveal the white.