Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Wicked Witch of the West : It's not easy being green.


So I took a break from Dorothy (or technically a break from Dorothy's basket... since who wants to draw a basket?? Baskets are so... basket-y...) and instead I drew The Wicked Witch of the West. Yes, she's going to be green. Oh the lovely green she's going to be! Bile green. Putrid green. Or maybe grass-stain green.

Her dress took a horrifically long time to draw. I watched the entire movie, "The Shining" just to do the ribbons around her torso. It was relaxing, and a good way to spend the night snowed in. We have received some sort of blizzard here - many, many inches of snow.

This sketch is a bit misleading since she's going to have puffy sleeves and a long, full, multi-layered skirt, plus awesome boots, lots of long hair, a broom, lots of flowing ribbons, and a hat... I'm going to really make her pose-able as just standing/walking/looking-formidable as well as flying on her broom. "SURRENDER DOROTHY", indeed. The only thing I can't decide is after all that complexity is whether I want to add some stylized orange smoke bombs.

I love the Wicked Witch. I was afraid of her when I was little but now I must admit she's got the best accessories... I mean... she's got flying MONKEYS. That's cooler than a pink bubble.

Wicked Witch of the West - graphite sketch.


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