Traditional Wicked Witch of the West on Broomstick

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

John Beckwith

medium: colored pencils on blue construction paper (I was also using a jpg photograph of actress Stephanie J. Block to get the pose, placement of features, and dress details.)Everything except the dress, which is seen throughout Act 2 of the Wicked musical, is of the classic MGM 1939 movie version of the Wicked Witch of the West.  I also changed the nose and chin to restore the character's hatchet/hawk-shaped facial features that are mentioned in Maguire's novel.  I figured a major point of the books and musical is that Elphaba isn't supposed to be attractive by conventional standards of physical beauty.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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