Because taking prompts literally is incredibly boring 😀
Some of these prompts are obviously steering you towards such uninteresting results Why draw a normal pointy-hatted cackling witch when you can draw a kick-ass rollar-derby witch instead?
This lovely lady is definitely going to see some Photoshop love later, but for now, here she is 🙂
Her derby name is Wicked Witch, and yes, her real name is Glenda. Because I’m a dork 😀
As background: While I’m passingly familiar with lolita fasion, I had to do a lot of research to get the look down, and while I was looking I noticed a pattern. Most of the poses I found were bland ‘kick up one foot and try to look adorable’ poses (aka: cheesecake). Frankly, I didn’t want to do anything that boring and just draw someone in a fluffy dress posing and trying to be cute.(Honestly, what would be the point? You can find about 100000000 photos and at least as many deviant-art posts of that exact thing all over the internet.)
SO, instead this pose is based off an American Ninja Warrior contestant scaling a wall… because I can. 😀
This is Tiffany. Tiffany REALLY likes to stay in shape and push her body to its limits – and she really really likes getting dressed up in floofy, lacy, cutesy outfits. She really gets a kick out of doing things like this while in full lolita dress, just to blow tourists’ minds. Tiffany has an entire Pintrist board that is nothing but photos of her doing insane stunts in her outfits, posted by people who happened to be nearby at the time.
She also dresses up her raven familiar, Mimi, because if there’s anything Tiffany’s more passionate about than absurd feats of human fitness, it’s fashion and proper accessorizing.
And, since I promised my FB followers that I’d put up some in-progress images from this one, here you go!
Here’s the original sketch of the pose, just getting the walls and the braced position right:
This is the more refined version with the raven added in, a basic poster layout, and roughed in clothes:
The finished linework, before shading/touch-ups were added:
And then the finished piece:
Tiffany here will definitely be getting full-color photoshop treatment later, as will most of my ladies.
(The prompt just said ‘blood witch’. It didn’t specify what she was -doing- with the blood.)
Yasmine donates regularly, and since she’s a blood-witch, (here meaning she has blood-based magical abilities) she can change her blood-type to pretty much whatever she wants, so she can always give what hospitals need the most. All the nurses in her city now know her on sight and send her handwritten cards for every holiday.
This is Ethel. She sells her wares at the Witch Farmers Market every Saturday morning.
The prompt for this one was ‘ragamuffin’ or ‘merchant’ witch, so I went a little of both. I picture this as being a witch Farmer’s Market where witches set up booths with spell ingredients, home-made cheeses and soaps, and cute, pointless jewelry.
When I thought of an ‘urban’ witch, I pictured a hip young lady on a laptop, sipping chai while she researches spells. The iguana familiar was just for fun 😀
This young lady is sitting in her favorite coffee-shop, Witch’s Brew Espresso, with her familiar, Iggy, looking up medicinal teas at the moment. It’s early summer in California in my mind, so she’s dressed for the warm weather.
Below is the original drawing that I scanned when this was first drawn back in November. I liked it ok, but was never 100% satisfied with the image as it was.
I think adding the tone on my chic witch helped tremendously, and getting the window decal in place to help establish what that big empty space on the right is helped too. I’m finally happy with the finished ink version, above, though she will almost certainly be getting the full-color Photoshop treatment later on (like most of my inktobers).
“No, Miss Jingles, you may not have a cookie. These are for our friends. You can have some gushy food when we get home.”
This is my first Inktober Witch, who I decided to make Holiday Seasonal 😀
She’s delivering fresh-baked cookies to her friends down the street, with her familiar, Miss Jingles, in tow. (Miss Jingles has a thing for gingerbread.)
If anyone was wondering, I’m using a list of prompts called ’31 Witches’ created by ochibrochi.(The list is here). Thanks for the fun prompts, ochibrochi!
This is the very last of my official Inktober 2016 images 🙂 I’ve always been a sucker for snuggling animals, so I knew pretty quickly what I wanted to do with this one.
Inktober Tues/Thursday updates will continue for now. I’m moving on to a new list of Inktober Witches that I found online, and I’ll be participating in Illustration Fridays going forward (though I’m a little behind since I started my first illustration on Wednesday of my first week). Stay tuned!
This one was a little tougher to scan than some of the others, since I did it in a new sketchbook that has a pretty tight, stiff binding, and it’s tough to fold the other pages out of the way for scans. I still intend to retouch it and prettify it in Photoshop at some point in the future (which, honestly, I want to do with a -lot- of my Inktobers 🙂 )