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Movie fans know that the popular image of the Wicked Witch of the West is so iconic, it's copyrighted by Warner Bros (that is, the very specific character portrayed by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 movie by MGM). However, the very different Wicked Witch from Baum's Oz books, designed by William Wallace Denslow, is in the public domain. So here is the story's first antagonist as the books original intended, with only a tiny bit of artistic licenses added by myself. This witch still rules the West and still melts when water is poured onto her, but she rules over the town of the Winkies, where their country's color is yellow, not black. She isn't charismatic or gleefully evil, but very stubborn, nervous, and paranoid, but can still attack effortlessly when confronted. She lost one eye due to unexplained circumstances. Her remaining eye is actually magical- it can see clearly many, many miles away.

See the previous piece in this Oz design series: www.patreon.com/posts/ozma-of-…

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DaBair's avatar
DaBair|Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to see fanart of the witch based directly on the book!

I always thought the witch was even uglier in the book than she is in the MGM film.
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andrewk's avatar
Oh thanks. This would've been a drastically different movie than what we know the story from!
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Writer-CW2's avatar
Huh... Well, this is definitely different than I (or anyone more familiar with the film for that matter) expected. She definitely doesn't give off the intimidating vibe that her movie counterpart has, but based on your description, it'd still be unwise to underestimate her; since she can still throw down when push comes to shove. I actually kinda feel sorry for her though; the expression you gave her helps a lot in that regard. The same cannot be said for the movie incarnation, who certainly got what she deserved.
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andrewk's avatar
Yeah she would be a much different and interesting villain. imagine how she'd be in an animated movie.
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Writer-CW2's avatar
Or any movie adaptation more faithful to the source material for that matter. Is it even fair to call this version wicked really? The way you depict her makes me think of a sad, lonely old lady who's a bit too stubborn for her own good (though feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). The thought of killing her doesn't have anywhere near the same appeal to it as the 1930s movie adaptation does. In fact, it feels... wrong. The total opposite to the 30s incarnation by far, where it's nothing less than satisfying to see her demise.
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andrewk's avatar
There is a possibility that everyone just misunderstands her. She may just want peace and order so she can just relax alone.
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La-Reine-Rose|Professional Writer
Lovely! As an Oz fan myself, I love seeing non-mainstream depictions of the characters.
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Touch-Not-This-Cat's avatar
I bet she just has a bad cataract.
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Ud-the-Imp's avatar
She looks as if she saw the Winkies managing to trick the Hulk into coming straight for her.  XD
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LindArtz|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work!!

Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
Congrats on DD By Marphilhearts by LindArtz
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Alaxr274|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the book more than the movie
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