Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Sea Witch

11x14", pencil
"Every moment the witch threw something else into the vessel, and when it began to boil, the sound was like the weeping of a crocodile. When at last the magic draught was ready, it looked like the clearest water. 'There it is for you,' said the witch."
-"The Little Mermaid" by Hans Christian Andersen

An interior drawing for my thesis.
My first idea for the sea witch was to make her a crusty old woman.

But as I continued to develop my drawings, I saw that my old witch wasn't really helping with the teen romance style I was going for in this story. So instead, I changed her into a sort of gothic teen witch.

The drawing continued to evolve with feedback from my critique class. I redesigned the witch's tail, added the pile of bones, more snakes, some bubbles, and most importantly changed the position of her hands, to keep the focus on the magic vial.


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