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Witch of the Waste by Rozefire Witch of the Waste by Rozefire
Another bit of Howl's Moving Castle fanart.

This is obviously the book version of the witch. Miyazaki's version being old, obese and voiced by a man. And Howl was supposed to have jilted her?!

Anyway, I liked book!Witch. She had the right idea about finding Mr. Right (by chopping up bits of Misters Almost Right! :D). She was deliciously evil, had a great sense of style, changed her face more often than she changed her socks and was perhaps the true victim of the story. We'll never know. Nor frankly, shall we ever care. Feel a bit sorry for her though.


FULL VIEW, my little monkeys. Full view.
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GinatheMidget Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
Yes, I was greatly offended when I watched the movie and saw the Witch for the first time. But then, having read the book beforehand, I just didn't like the movie at all.
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bobkitty1123 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Love it! You really gave her character!
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Sun-Chips Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010
I love this- it's beautiful, and a flawless representation of the real Witch.

However, I'd love to throw out that in that shitty excuse for a movie, the Witch of the Waste is voiced by Lauren Bacall.
Who is most definitely a lady.
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Captain-Introvert Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you've drawn her hair and clothes. Very fairytale-ish (is that even a style?).
'Chopping bits off Misters Almost Right' Ha ha! That's perfect! If only I was a witch!
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Ela-chan7 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I still cannot forgive her cursing Sophie. But otherwise you´re right, she had good ideas ;)
And this is a really sweet piece of work :)
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ari-berry Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Student General Artist
Hooray for a good looking Witch of the Waste! ^_^ I finally saw the movie after my friends kept telling me how good it was and I just burst out, "What the heck is that?" They didn't understand why I was so confused.
She looks gorgeous, in an evil sort of way. :3
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Macarina Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
I loved the book! and this character was so much better in the novel than in Miyazaki's version :)
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marora Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009
I am most inclinded to agree with you. And Jones is an absolutely wonderful writer.
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stoppollutionnow Featured By Owner May 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i love your ideas on the witch of the waste :D

yes, the movie was...weird for me :P to say the least that is.

i never really thought of her being victimized by her demon, (too caught up with Howl :heart:) but come to think of it, and her chopped up mr Almost Rights, it does make her more interesting.

haylabu dianna wynne jones :3

and your interpretation of her both in your art and in teh description is absolutely lovely :D

great work :D
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Schweetie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
I loved the books. I thought Miyazaki left out a lot of good parts.
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cnick55 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
love that book to death :D
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mousesandwich Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
I love it!!! that IS what the witch looks like.
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anna-becca7 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008
I watched the movie first, and throughout the book I was picturing said obese, old and voiced-by-a-man Witch of the Waste... It really spoiled it :(
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FangsAndNeedles Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Student General Artist
^_^ I liked the book story more than the film,
although I did love the film too, I wish they'd make
a live version of the original, with the original witch
character

very nicely done ^_^
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BenevolentSlice Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Best book EVER. :)The book is my favorite, but the movie is still awesome even though it is an entirely different plot. I love the witch's hair and she sort of looks Shakespearean. The poor girl just wanted a husband! :( I would have gone for Howl as well. :D
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MaddieSue Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
I ate this book alive.

And the movie was quite pretty in its own respects, but this is goreous. Much more the way I pictured her when reading,
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Larkyamy Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008
OMG I'm a huge fan of Howl's Moving Castle too~!!!
Totally agree with you on the witch. I think she was the one being exploited (especially by Howl and her fire demon), and even though she is the antagonist of the story, there is something about her that is quite sad. I think you brought that out really well in this illustration. Especially loved how you did her hair.
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uchiha-hinata Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
:heart: Yeah. I've already reviewed. Awhile back. I just finished reading the book I got it last month(it's hard to read when you got my job) I have to agree. I can see why Howl was taken by her. I seriously can't see Howl wanting the fat version...She had so many double...No they were quad chins...That you could lose your car keys in there. D= That's not very hawt. The book is way better than the movie. Although the movie is good. I prefer the book. It explains more, and has more characters. ^^; Once again great fuckin' job! You truely captured the essences of The Witch of the Waste's beauty. *nod-nods* :heart:
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flegling Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2008
bet she could have made it up those steps :)

i love her expression... or lack there of
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uchiha-hinata Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
Lmfao. You made my day with that comment. She most likely could of run up those stairs. XD
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flegling Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2008
totally unrelated... my birthdays on february 1st XD

or she could have inticed one of the gaurds to carry her up :/
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Always-Plotting Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
i was sure it was sophie who was the red head
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xPhoenix0Returnx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Uwah~ that's pretty much how I imagine the Witch! Except I imagine her a bit...plumper? xDDD I love it~ :] The skull is an awesome touch too~
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hatti369 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
Yeah I can imagine the witch in some really awesome outfits. Why wouldn't he jilt her in the movie? She is hideous. Anyway, good work!
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slumpythedwarf Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
I should DEFINATELY check that moving castle thing out o.O!
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Adelaida Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
I haven't read the book. But as this vork is so interesting I may look up for it somewhere :)
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Lizkit50 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
Awesome! I need to reread the book (cuz I loved it so much!) and get the continuation...
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Neonova Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
i love it
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MissJaney-Designs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional General Artist
Hmm...I saw the movie and have yet to read the book, I wondered why she was so much older than Howl...so very, very much older. I don't think I am going to find out, any who I like this drawing of her and makes me want to read the story more.
This along with a friend being upset about Sophie behaving so timidly. I didn't get that either...but it's so pretty! *wah*
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uchiha-hinata Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
You have inspired me to get the book.
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Iria-Lonely Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
great artwork, somewhy she looks tragic (am I thinking on hamlet again?) but I think I liked the artist comment more, you have quite rightly analized her motivations
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soaringwings Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2006
oh I absolutely loved that book! such a lovely peice of artwork.
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krshna-rose Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2006
Great artwork! I'm glad someone finally decided to pay attention to the book version not just the movie.
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LilithNightwalker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
BOOK ALL THE WAY!!

Although the movie is quite good for squishy-fun Howl-ness... :D But the book is WAAAAY better overall.

But even in the book I kind of had this idea of the Witch being a bit older... maybe in her mid-thirties-ish. This is still amazing, though. :+fav:
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mishihime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah looks way better than the obese version
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poorolivia Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2006
i came across this....i don't remember how, but i've never commented on a piece before and i had to on this because i LOVE that book. i was a little disappointed with miyazaki's movie but i think it's okay on its own. (oh the witch in the movie is voiced by lauren bacall, though she does sound a little rough and gruff, and mannish).
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ShadowsAndLight Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006  Student General Artist
Very pretty indeed. You give the Witch of the Waste a good name. Keep it up.
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song-lee Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2006
OMR! thats so awsome!
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Sasky Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes... she reminded me a bit of one of the Ozian witches... I do not recall which book it was in (one of the more obscure ones I am sure) but there was an evil witch with a thousand different faces. I recall that the protagonist wondered into her evil fortress/hidey hole and found them all lined up on satin lined shelves... I believe that they may have been able to talk and open their eyes. It was quite a frightening and chilling scene, as I recall.
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Rozefire Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Student Digital Artist
I remember seeing that film. Scared the spit out of me that scene. XD
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Sasky Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it was pretty creepy but creepy in a very unique way. I mean, when one thinks "scary" it's generally ghosts and hairy/slimy things with long arms etc. that come to mind, not... a bunch of faces lying around. But god, can a bunch of disembodied faces be terrifying.
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Kazita Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha best desription I've read in a while X3
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is-teh-lurvz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2006
I was JUST wondering about what she looked like in 'pretty' form today during Japanese when we were watching it...
That is so weird...
And this is so amazing!!!
*favs!
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de-greenify Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2006   Writer
That's great! I love the details (especially the skull and the umbrella)! I don't quite remember how I imagined her before, but it doesn't matter now. She's my new Witch of the Waste. Wonderful job :+fav:
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Haley1991 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2005
-Claps and jumps up and down- Omg! Omg! Omg! Omg! Omg! -Head explodes- I AM YOUR BIGGEST FAN! :worship: -Cleans up bloody mess- Heh, sorry about that...^^;
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animerika Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2005
ooh awesome, it really gives me an idea on how she looks like better now.
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anarie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005
I saw it and I was like:

"Ooh, pretty woman... wait... afuoihgsguohwitchofthewaste *click* witchwitchwitch *clickclick*"

xDDD Now THAT'S what she should look like. Damn Miyazaki. >>;; And I do agree, she had a good idea... in theory... Hm... xD

Anywho. Awesome work. I love the tones you chose. Really cool feeling. Her nose bothers me a bit, but I realize that that's probably style, blah blah blah. xD So awesome work anyway. :+fav:
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Emania Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I still haven't seen this movie! They didn't play it anywhere close to me unfortunately. But the book intreagues me...is this a manga book or a regular book?

This peice was incredible by the way. I love the way you make her seem whispy and very attractive.
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Jezunya Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2005
Nice ^_^ I love the way her hands look...

She kinda reminds me of Baba Yaga, the villain in Enchantment by Orson Scott Card (really great book - kind of a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, in ancient Russia! Very, very cool story ;))
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moo-moo-chan Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2005
;D long time fan of your fics x3 Now since you're less fics, more art, >w< I get to follow your beautiful art instead. I love this pic. It's so elegant and soft with a cool doomish feeling xD!
I remember some of your inuyasha fanart way back :3 And I have to say you've improved alot~ ^^ I wish I could CG like that *sucks with programs* I hope you're doing well and I'll try to keep a close watch on your DA if other internet activities (--> Gaia >_<;) don't keep me busy.

;3 love your artness <3 tahtah
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