Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween: Number Two of Two

As promised, above is the book cover for the anthology "Witch Way to the Mall" edited by Esther Friesner. I like painting silly and grotesque stuff. The editor wanted a sexy soccer mom type witch though (a WMILF?). Can you find the Wizard of Oz allusion? I did it entirely subconsciously. (Hint: a means of propulsion, although not usually a desired one.)

Below is one of my initial thumbnail ideas and three bonus, more traditional, witches I painted for "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett many years ago.

Now to go and eat the candy I bought for the Trick-or-Treaters. They're going to be egg-throwing angry with me.


Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Happy Halloween!:o)

5:52 AM  
Blogger C.B. Canga said...

your work is sooooo awesome! never stubled upon it before. i love it.

i will surly add a link from my blog to yours. keep it up. i'll be back to see more.

happy halloween!

12:02 PM  
Blogger tlchang said...

The Wizard of Oz allusion beyond the tornado? the green skinned witch? or what at first glance of this smallish version of illustration looks to have a flying monkey in the sky and Toto helping out the GPS?

6:36 PM  
Blogger Leslie Sealey said...

OMG that's fantastic!

8:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Really beautiful!
Hope the day was good!

11:27 AM  
Blogger C. Margery Kempe said...


9:43 AM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks, I'm still barely keeping up on things but I wanted to say that Tara is right. Only I forgot that the most famous green-skinned witch is from The Wizard of Oz, even inspiring a separate book and musical of her own (Wicked). The truth is I thought the tornado helped the composition and I wanted to paint someone green, just tired of the same 'ol, same 'ol orangey/pinkish types.

6:58 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome! My wife and I have referred to "Home Despot" for years, so the logo on the shopping bag (a Hansel and Gretel allusion?) had me on the floor.

Are you doing the cover for "Strip Mauled"?

4:17 PM  
Blogger Tom Kidd said...

Thanks Ed, it looks like that other cover sneaked past me. I looked it up but I can't make out who did it.

6:41 PM  
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The green skinned witch? or what at first glance of this smallish version of illustration looks to have a flying monkey in the sky and Toto helping out the GPS?

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Blogger Candace said...

I discovered Terry Pratchett, thanks to your cover for Wyrd Sisters. I owe you.

11:37 PM  

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