Thursday 30 April 2015

Leeks, sheeps and Stovepipe hats

So this ought to be my final witch of the British Isles, as part of 'Good Witches Bad Witches', since I have made an English witch, an Irish witch, a Scottish witch and now, a Welsh witch. ....However, I am not at all satisfied with the Irish witch so I will sell her and remake her with a very different design. So stay tuned for that!

Now then. When I think of Wales I think of a seriously beautiful language I can't pronounce (Cymraeg), daffodils, leeks, stovepipe hats, wool and sheep. I've told you I don't want any of my witches to be boring stereotypes, plus I want them contemporary albeit a bit stuck in the past, but this Welsh witch has actually ended up riding a sheep, whilst knitting from said sheep, wearing a Welsh stovepipe hat and yep, there's a leek in there too.

Just as with my other witches, you can see the design and making process in the photos below. Email me if you have any questions or are interested in following the project! Don't forget you can follow it all by Facebook or Instagram too.

As a side note, thank you to everyone who offered me feedback about me putting my ram's horns on upside down. I corrected the error! And for those who didn't see it, you can see the incorrect ram's head on the Faecbook and Instagram pages. :)

Next week there will not be a new witch as I have to work on something else, but I'll share it here on this blog and I think you'll enjoy it! Then when I get back to it I will remake the Irish witch and proceed making witches from around the world for 'Good Witches Bad Witches'.

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Flame-haired Enchantress

Today I finished my new witch of the British Isles - my Scottish witch. You may have noticed I haven't posted on this blog for a couple of weeks, and this was because I took a family holiday for a fortnight in Lincoln, England. It was ripping. I did post on my Instagram a few times, so you can always find me there as well as the Facebook page. (I'm sure it must be hell for some of you to go a week without hearing from me).

But back to witches...
I (sort of) modeled this new witch on myself. I'm (sort of) Scottish and have typical Scottish colouring. I gave this witch pale translucent skin and ruddy cheeks (my face looks like that after a brisk walk), freckles, blue eyes and a mass of bright orange hair big enough to hide a badger in. For anyone who has seen me blow-dry my hair without mousse, they'll tell you it looks exactly like this.
I also attempted MacFarlane tartan on her skirt since my great-great-grandfather was a McFarlane. By the way, and since we're on the topic, I have a double-barreled surname but this does not mean I am married to someone named Watts. Everyone in America draws that conclusion as soon as they learn my name and I endeavour to clarify that the name on my birth certificate is Caroline McFarlane-Watts. ;)

I opted to make her a chunky girl because I wanted her to be a mountainous creature, like the mountains of Scotland. Don't worry - there'll be just as many skinny witches, so I am not type-casting my 'bad witches' as large. When I start creating the 'good witches' there will be many large girls there too.

Below you can see my usual process... a sketch, then a head, then a body, details added in stages... and I hope you catch the dead endangered birds joke...

Stay tuned for the next witch... the final British witch will of course be a Welsh witch.

PS I didn't base my Scottish witch on Nicola Sturgeon. Missed opportunity?!
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