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The Wicked Witch of the West by Weatherduck The Wicked Witch of the West by Weatherduck
This is my interpretation of the Wicked Witch of the West as she is described in Gregory Maguire's novel, WICKED. And believe me, the original painting is much bigger and looks much better than this. My scanner's an IDIOT!

For those of you who've read the book, you may recognise the Grimmerie and the Miracle Elixir she's carrying. Also, the pattern on her scarf features a row of purple goat heads -- a reference to Dr. Dillamond, her teacher at Shiz University.

To those of you who love Elphaba and don't think I've done this character justice, I apologise. Please note that it's the first painting I've ever finished and I promise to improve a lot over the next few months. Maybe I'll please you next time!
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Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ! Amazing job !! All the details in it ! You really have great painting abilities ! Do you use gouache ? Anyway I really love it ! I especially love all the tiny details on her outfit, her googles, her scarf, . I really love it =)
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PurpurNena Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Student General Artist
i am dissapointed in NO WAY! its so fabulous, she really is more like the novel version, darker than the Broadway one. Beautiful.
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RLKarnes Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
This is brilliant! Great job, especially the colors! :D
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Drakenborg Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey this has been featured in my journal [link]
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Heeey, thanks! =D
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Drakenborg Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome :)
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HappyLeech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I'm in awe. =D
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
Thankyou!
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HappyLeech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
=D
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charkycoalie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
Ah, now I can't decide if I like your Elphaba or Erik best xD. I do love this interpretation, though; it's not what I imagined Elphaba to look like at all, and yet it's almost like you've captured another facet of her unique personality. The detail you put into all your art is extraordinary, too.
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008
Thankyou.=)

Yeah, I don't know about you, but I think a lot of people imagine Elphaba as blacker than this (in terms of the costume, I mean).
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charkycoalie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Hmm- I know what you mean. I never really imagined Elphaba as an all-black persona, either; there always seemed to be some color to her. Wasn't she described as wearing a red dress when she first met Glinda?
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Yes, and she's always wearing colourful scarves too. It's only really in the last ten years of her life that she starts wearing dark clothes all the time... and even then, Maguire doesn't actually say they're black (from memory anyway :hmm:).
I think Elphaba's much too fiery a character to wear black, so I tried to cram as much colour as possible into this painting without making her unrecognisable...
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charkycoalie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008
Ah, I can now firmly attest to the fact that she wore a black cloak! Lol, I just finished Son of a Witch (wonderful book, by the way)
But as for the rest, I'm still sure she had some color. What about the scarves Fiyero kept buying her? Although I guess it would be awkward, wearing those in Kiamo Ko...
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008
Not sure about the scarves, but I doubt they were black. I mean, would you buy your paramour a load of black scarves? Probably not.:XD:
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sonopants Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
I'm in love with all the detail you put into this, like the goggles, the patterns on the scarf, the books and plants... it must've taken hours upon hours, and the result is beautiful :) It's one of the best pictures of Elphie I've ever seen.
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Magzdilla Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
The details are exsquisite--the goggles, the scarf, the tatters and patches on her cloak... I think a big part of Elphie's charm is her unavoidable charisma. Even the book touches on that, that her charisma "Puts Glinda in the shade". To me that says that her force of personality makes her magnetically attractive, no matter what her face looked like. Lovely stuff!
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
I agree. Personality is 99% of anyone's attractiveness. Glinda-ish people, whom the mainstream idolises, have no personality and are the opposite of attractive in my opinion. As for looks, I've never really pictured Elphie as ugly anyway!
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008  Hobbyist
No need to apologize for this version of her. A lot of what keeps ME fascinated with this character is that in Maguire's novel, all the illustrations of her leave the face deliberately obscured. Maguire doesn't describe her as beautiful or ugly, just distinct in her features. In the musical, since the role has been played by different actresses, there IS no one appearance of the Wicked Witch of the West that's ever going to be canon. (Somebody during the filming of the MGM movie of the 1930s probably griped, "Hey, in L. Frank Baum's books, the witch had an eyepatch! And she was shorter!" or something.) Plus, I think a major reason the novel and musical still hold everyone's attention is because while we're all watching Elphaba grow up, we've still got the image of Margaret Hamilton as the WWW from the movie.
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Thanks for such constructive criticism. It's a rarity! The thing I love about Maguire's Witch is that, when I picture her (based on his writing), she's the exact opposite of Margaret Hamilton's portrayal. Firstly, in Maguire's novel, she's only just turned 40 when she dies, so she's clearly not old enough to look anything like her 1930s film counterpart. And secondly, I don't know if I have weird tastes, but I found her personality in Maguire's novel to be incredibly sexy! That's what I tried to convey here. I would marry my version of Elphaba based on looks alone. =)
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Hobbyist
When I read Wicked and watched the musical, the iconic image of Margaret Hamilton stayed in my mind as the appearance and demeanor that Elphaba would inevitably turn into. Naturally, in her childhood and college years, Elphaba didn't look or dress like the warty Halloween spinster yet, but we all knew how her tale would end. Throughout the book, I noticed that my mental image of her had a distinctly different physical appearance during the different periods of her life. (Whoa... Full circle. I had completely forgotten that's where I got the faces from in my own Stages of Elphaba's Life drawing from a couple years back.)

I suppose everybody who reads a novel has slightly different pictures in his/her head regarding the characters, just as everybody has different voices in his/her head regarding each character, too. Then again, that's half the fun of fanart: seeing what mental image other readers have of a favorite character.
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
I always imagined Elphaba looking like a young Shelley Duvall, except green! I didn't really convey that in this particular painting though, coz I didn't have that revelation until after I'd finished it. I think I'll paint her again soon, at an earlier stage in her life, and make that resemblance stronger...
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008  Hobbyist
Now that you mention it, yeah, the Shelley Duvall resemblance IS there in your drawings.
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Ha ha! Yeah, I was just thinking that too. =)
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silentsketcher Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008   Traditional Artist
Very nice! :clap: I've seen a number of portrayals of the Witch of the West during my search on dA, but I have to say this is one of the best I've seen. The other paintings are great as well. I'll be keeping an eye on you. ;)
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Weatherduck Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Thankyou so much for commenting on her! =D Most people just comment on the Phantom...
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silentsketcher Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008   Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome. :)
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untangomas Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Wow, ich muss mich wiederholen: die Details sind einfach umwerfend!!!! Wirklich wicked :D
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Ellocobruja Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008
Great job.
You did her justice and then some.
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Yellow-Picture Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
Oha, ich weiß nur ein bisschen über das Musikal, wir beginnen gerade Lieder daraus im Chor zu singen, macht aufj edebfall sehr Spaß ;)
Das Bildi st einmalige Spitze, ich liebe die ganzen details und die Feinheit der Farben, man könnte glatt denken, du wärst Kinderbuchillustratorin :aww:
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GreenEleka Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2007
utter awesomeness! love how you took the character and made her your own yet kept to her 'elphieness' love her clothes to death!
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Tolkin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
u really are good artist... :( i cant look ... because i wont to be like that too :( good job keep it up m8..
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