Sunday, March 9, 2008

The Wicked Witch of the West Reversals

This is an exercise from Keys to Drawing from Imagination. First, illustrate a story, myth, nursery rhyme, or fairy tale in a straight forward way. I chose to illustrate the Wicked Witch of the West melting.

Next, choose one element in the illustration and replace it with its opposite. I chose the witch and replaced her with Glinda, The Good Witch of the North. "Opposite" is open to interpretation. For example, Dorothy would be another possibility.

Next, choose a different element from the original drawing and reverse it. I chose melting and replaced it with freezing. Here the Wicked Witch is trapped in ice. When I drew it, I was thinking about the end of one of the Christopher Reeve Superman movies where the villains get trapped inside some type of mirror or glass (only to be released in a subsequent movie). Another "opposite" here could be evaporating.

1 comment:

steve said...

Wow, this is a great exercise and it has yielded great results here! I need to try it sometime too.