Thursday, June 25, 2009

Portrait of The Wizard of Oz

Here is The Wizard of Oz. A man burdened by his own lies and guilt. The ruler of a nation, but a con man at heart. He is a liar, and he hates himself for it.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Another picture of the Lion by Night.

Be sure to click on the pic to see the hi-res version.

The Lion stopped before the edge of the woods and turned back to the little girl.

"There are no words for what you have done for me Dorothy." He looked back at the dark forest behind him, and then to Dorothy again. "Part of me wants to run from here. To never stop running."

"I know," said Dorothy.

"But I can't," he said with a sad smile. "I can't leave you here. Not so close to her. Tell me what you want me to do."

Dorothy looked up at the manor of the Witch of the East. "There is a Witch there. I want to bring her house down on her."

The Lion nodded. "Then I will help you. I will always help you Dorothy. Even if it means the end of this life," said The Cowardly Lion.

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Tin man of the Woods

Playing some more with my new brushes. Don't forget to click the images I post to see a good hi-res version!

The Witch Making a Tornado

This picture makes no sense, as water would kill the Witch. That being said, I like the visual. This is just me messing around in Photoshop, trying out some new brushes.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Music from "Death of a Sister"

Here is the music from the previously posted video.

I discovered this song when I saw Black Hawk Down. I don't know what the song is actually about, but it's a beautiful piece that still creates a lot of emotion in me. It's haunting, sad, and probably shouldn't be listened to if you're incredibly depressed. That being said, it captures a lot of tone and feel for the world of Oz I'm trying to create. Dark, haunting, but with a feeling of magic.

I also felt that tone was appropriate for when the Witch discovers her sister is dead. The Witch remembers love, she remembers happiness, and though her heart has been black a long time, she remembers once when her sister and herself played in the fields of Oz, and they loved one another. And despite the centuries of animosity between all of the Witches, as they grew more enclosed and lonesome in their own kingdoms, there is an old love that still resides there. Enough that even the Wicked Witch of the West still has tears to spare for little sister.

Anyways, hope you love the song as much as I do.

The Wicked Witch of the West Part 2

The Witch was never given a lot of depth in the original story. She's really just one of the many obstacles the Heroes have to overcome, and she's taken out pretty swiftly. I wanted to explore her more though, try and create a reason for why she is "wicked".

I know this has already happened in the Gregory Maguire book "Wicked". So why am I trying to write my own version? Because I can. I didn't really like Wicked a whole lot. It had some pretty interesting parts to it, but overall I felt like it wasn't something I cared for.

To get into the physical traits of the Witch, it's commonly known that water can melt her. So I incorporated that into my design for the Witch. If she can live for such a long time, surely she's cried. And so wouldn't tears actually burn her? I took this little idea and ran with it. In the original story the Witch only has one eye. Why? Well what if because her tears eventually killed that one eye, and the other has heavy black scarring around it.

Here's a video to help illustrate this design concept.