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The Wicked Witch by airofdespair The Wicked Witch by airofdespair
Whew~~~ So close to not making it -_- I've been really busy this week and last, so by time I found out about this contest...

I don't want to say much, but the witch trials have always been kind of close to my heart. Not for any particular reason other than I find it really interesting/intriguing/sad/w/e. I was trying to think of what I was going to do for this theme, and a few days before I had been going through an art book and saw some b&w pastel-y, watercolor-y sketches of burning witches... but they looked really beautiful in spite of the flames licking around them. I really loved that image and it kind of inspired this (although the originals had realistic facial expressions :) ).
I do kind of feel like I could've done more with this had I had the time, but I'm still very happy with how it turned out. Abstract flames aside. :)
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russellcattle Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
I think the title must be intended to be ironic, since her look and demeanor are one of innocence.  What is her crime?  Or, what is her sin? 

Perhaps it was a sin in thought.  She was tempted by desire into entertaining impure thoughts.  And to sin in thought is the same as to sin in deed, according to some experts in these matters.

It makes me wonder whether this scene is really happening, or whether it too is a phantasm of her mind.
Theik2 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Its a tragedy yet she smiles?
udevilyou Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
i like this color very nice. Shes very cute.
grassa48 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I enjoy ths picture! The wild, unpredictable nature of flame is well shown. The beautiful face seems to be looking at someone, perhaps hoping for salvation. This is the touch that makes this pic special to me.
MeisterJay Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think the ones in Salem had a more merciful death (they were hung) while the others in Europe were burned. I would rather be hung considering 1. fire is painful and 2. I'm kinda scared of fire (just a little though)
CobrettiCallahan Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I think it's still very cool. And kinda sad.
no1armybrat Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
Its very good. A very sad subject, but very good. I also have been interested by the witch trials and have some facts for you that you may not know. The Inquisition would have shaved all the hair off her body and she would have been dressed in a very thin white gown, because it was beleived that the girl could have hidden spells in her hair and clothes. Also, the way they would have arranged the wood around the center of the bonfire, most of the men and women would likely have sufficated on smoke before the flames even touched them. In Salem however, it was custom to hang the women rather than burn them. Its all very horrible but thoughs are the facts.
Kaptin-Kudzu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Very nearly made me cry.
hpace Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
I really love this, I'm currently in the process of writing a book about a girl who's a witch, corny and over done... maybe but i feel the same way you do. I don't know this just gave me a lot of inspiration
Love2FlyLikeMaxRide Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Witch trials were horrible. Who said witches were bad? And awesome pic!
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