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Witches for The Waking Prince


I would like to show you how I designed witches for an elven fairy tale called The Waking Prince.

The story calls for a kingdom that has a significant witch problem—an infestation, if you will.  Therefore, I need to be able to show witches of various sorts doing witchy things.  I need to create a handful of variations on what a witch looks like, to keep the story interesting!

Without a doubt, there are many types of witches, as you can see above.

My first step in designing these three different witches is to arm myself with information.  I know roughly what I want my witches to look like and I could start by simply drawing what I imagine.  But, if I do my research first, and I encounter a detail or feature that I am not confident in, I can then look to my gathered research to figure it out.

So, before I start drawing, I will hunt for pictures.  This fairy tale has human characters, so I searched for older human ladies.  I want to see how they wear their head wraps, how their skin wrinkles around their eyes, and how their brows furrow.  My reference material needs to be good and detailed!


Note:  there is no real reference material for the Classic Halloween witch. This is because she is rather pretty.  This witch is almost a normal woman with a few exaggerated features.

Looking at these pictures, you might think that my work is almost all done.  However, it is important for me refer to my reference, not copy it.  I want to create something original, so I play with the drawings to make them interesting to me.  I gave the Crone a threadbare hood with a plaid patch.  The Baba Yaga witch has a bulging, milky eye.  Oh, and she is also balding.

Now that I have the facial appearances down, I need to know what they look like standing up in their witchy clothes…  Come again…

—By Scoble

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