Are witches really so bad? Maybe instead of malicious fiends swooping down in the dark of night to steal children to grind into their meals, they’re more like hippies who enjoy living away from the bustle of the cities, plucking herbs from the garden behind their modest huts and cooking savory concoctions in their black kettles to share with friends.
Outsiders may view witches — like all who follow alternative lifestyles — as being odd or perhaps even dangerous to organized society, and turn them into scapegoats for every mishap in life — real or imagined. But somehow I picture them being perfectly content to mind their own business. They probably even enjoy themselves.
Brew was influenced by my childhood experiences growing up in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. During those years, I was around several women who had been hippies in the ‘60s and ‘70s but were settling into more of a suburban life as moms — some more completely than others. In some cases, these women lived off dirt roads in small houses shrouded by overgrown trees. Behind these houses were herb gardens decorated with crystal balls, and inside their homes I encountered artifacts with magic properties, such as dream catchers, small animal bones, and large tapestries with arcane symbols and figures.
This experience has been compounded over time, as many of the female friends I’ve had as an adult embrace the notion of magic, and in some cases, identify as witches. As a result, it’s often difficult for me to imagine fantasy witches as being particularly sinister, and I instead associate them with a kind of outsider lifestyle that is often villainized or disparaged but in reality has no malicious aspects to it. With Brew, I wanted to take a classic portrayal of fantasy witches and put a spin on it, giving it a warmer and more inviting tone.
My everyday drawings are available for sale in my Big Cartel shop each morning at 11 am EST. For the first 100 days, each new drawing increases in price by $1.00, starting at $1.00 on day one. Everyday 014 – Brew is listed at $14.00.