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Granny Weatherwax by DionysiaJones Granny Weatherwax by DionysiaJones
So I should actually be working on my next comic page or the next tarot card...but instead I discovered Photoshop's watercolour brushes and a couple of good digital watercolour tutorials, and...too many hours later ended up with Granny Weatherwax from Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series. As first experiments go, I don't think this one turned out too badly.

Inspiration taken from Paul Kidby and Tony Diterlizzi.

I'm not exactly sure why I picked Granny Weatherwax for the subject, other than that she presented herself. It occurred to me while painting her that Granny Weatherwax is what you might get if you fused Minerva McGonagall and Severus Snape into one person. It further occurred to me that I'd pay good money to see Lord Voldemort trying to cope with Mistress Weatherwax, who I'm sure wouldn't be having with none of those Death Eaters.

For that matter, I expect it'd be worth a few Galleons to see ANY of the HP cast trying to deal with Archchancellor Ridcully and the Bursar. And the Librarian. I'm sure there's a tremendous fanfiction in there somewhere.
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014
Great picuture of this character. 
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V-chan10 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
Wow, she looks awesome!!!!

...How did it not occur to me that Granny was the perfect mix of Snape and McG? Because she is. And she's awesome.

I will pay good money for Granny to face off against Voldemort. Or any of the fanfic ideas you thought of.
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice
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lichotka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
You showed perfectly Esme's look - full of pride and lynx at the same time. Their colour really draws attention to them. Absolutely love it. Her neck seems slightly too long, though... Oh, crap, she's a witch. And she's Esme Weatherwax. No one criticizes anything about Esme Weatherwax if he wants to live longer than a minute.

And now comes the idea for an interesting crossover ^^ I've just wrote a short fanfic joining these two worlds but using different characters: lichotka.deviantart.com/art/Th…
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL!! I love your story! And thank you for your kind words about this picture of Mistress Weatherwax. ^_^
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lichotka Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Thanks! This is what happens when Discworld fan reads HP 7...

Actually, I need to get back to writing so I'm seriously considering writing the one about Lord Voldemort and Granny Weatherwax.
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toonbat Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's pretty funny how self-conscious she is of her own good looks. Not so much as a wart, or properly cataract-veiled evil eye.
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FordPrefect4242 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
HP cast would lose!! :D :D :D

The main difference between the DiscWorld and the HP series... is that while reading the HP series, it sure set my imagination on fire. Yet all the characters were just words gathered together. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I had trouble putting faces to any of the HP cast, and resorted to the movies often times...
DiscWorld was different. I had to give everyone a face and a voice... all only heard in my head, of course...
It's hard to describe the subtleness of DiscWorld... but one book is worth far more than the HP series. And that is saying something, if you know how big an HP fan I am ;)

Nonetheless, this is a good Weatherwax picture. And to answer your challenges... considering Granny singlehandedly stopped her evil sister from taking over Genua, evil elves from invading Lancre, and not very well directed vampires from also taking over Lancre...
I'd say that Granny would win hands down.
Also, Granny beat Ridcully on wits alone. :D
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Star-Gamer Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Esme Weatherwax takes no prisoners!
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FruitBat2011 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
...I think I'd feel sorry for Voldemort. Especially if she had the rest of her coven backing her up.
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merryjest Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course.... it would take an artist of your caliber to do justice to my favorite character in the multiverse after Mr. Kidby's depiction. I love your art, always have, and I always will. :sun:
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Little-Bacchus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Love the fact you added hat pins :D
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Ninnik Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Granny would've rid the world of Voldemort before Harry was even out of diapers. By the time Harry had reached Hogwarts age, Voldy would've already spent several years living by a pond, thinking he was a toad or something. :D
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Deblu Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
omg! weatherwax vs voldemort.
*stabs with hatpin* *voldemort screams, dies.*
or
arent you ashamed of yourself? what would your mother think?
*shuffles feet* well, she...hey! my mothers dead! avada kedavra!
and so on

......
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Thejboy88 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I'd live to see her "headology" at work.

Psychology would convine a child that there's no monster in the closet. Headology will simply give the child a stick to fight it off.
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
"Psychology would convine a child that there's no monster in the closet. Headology will simply give the child a stick to fight it off."

Lol! Too true, too true!
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MagalyGuerrero Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   Photographer
This is one of the best depictions of Granny I've ever seen.
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Marliv Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, what a great picture of my favourite book character.
I must admit that Kidby's Granny is THE Granny for me. Hell, even Master Pratchett thinks his version spot on. But your picture is very accurately depicting both the character's physical features and personality.
I particulatly enjoy your shading. Granny was supposed to look old and yet to have great skin and you have captured this perfectly!
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Marliv Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, and I share the setiment abot Granny being much like the mix of MacGonagall and Snape. Oh, and how could she stare down those puny Death Eaters into the ground!
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TzaoTao Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
Granny is awesome
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therealycats Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I stumbled across this on Google a few months ago and I just wanted to say how absolutely AWESOME it is.
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therealycats Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I stumbled across this on Google a few months ago and I just wanted to say how absolutely AWESOME it is.
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TheMarcher Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thisis very good. Especially the eyes aand her look. It ffel like you hit the bullseye =)
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^_^
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tigglewoo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... great interpretation!!old and young at the same time (it looks to me, but maybe im just weird...)
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Katie-is-me Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!!!
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
She looks much like I imagine her... good work; it is a nice portrait.
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As far as cross overs go I'd love to watch Greebo go to town on any of those HP characters
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my well educated opinion...holycrazygood.

"Without respect....yer nothing!"
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Fnardity Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Those eyes... Quite hexcellent (posh accent, not pun).
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RokaShotar Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
This is a fantastic piece with a strong composition and great lighting. Awesome job!
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for such specific c&c!
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Catherine187 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Wow! It looks so amazing! your Esme is perfect - skin, expression ... just - wow, you're so good ... ;)

I'm a great Pratchett-fan and it's so nice to see artwork that is so awesome!
I love it^^
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for such kind words! ^_^ Pratchett really rocks, ne?
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Catherine187 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Yes, Pratchett is my favourite author and I love his work, and your Granny really is lovely, too ;)

By the way, Granny and Nanny and Ridcully are the best characters, as I think, ain't them? To see any other work beside Kidby's (love this man and his art!) is really nice :)
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's really hard for me to pick favourite characters in Discworld, to tell you the truth. I like most of them, and there aren't any I really hate. I do like Granny and Nanny nd Ridcully quite a lot - but then, I also really enjoy Ponder Stibbons and Sam Vimes and Carrot and Death and Susan and the Librarian, and the Vampire Temperance League, and Lord Vetinari (I'd totally vote for him as president), and Moist von Lipvig, and the Luggage...well, I mean, there you are. It's a whole world full of eminently drawable people! And Kidby's work is absolutely marvelous, and it makes me wish I had more time to draw Discworldish things. There's this picture of Greebo I've wanted to do for quite a while...
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Catherine187 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
Your totally right, and to tell the truth, often it seems that my favourits characters are those in the book I'm reading at the moment :)

I think I like every character (and I'm in love with Vetinari ;)), but for me it's even more fun to read something 'bout the wizards (the dean and the bursar are amazing^^) and the witches than 'bout the others (besides, is my grammar right? I'm not the best in writing english ...), but of course the others are fun, too. Rincewind and his luggage is one I really heart, for example.

Have you read "Unseen Academics" by now? I'm waiting eagerly for this book to be published in German!

By the way, I hope you'll do Greebo by time, I really like this sweet kitty ;) I think Paul Kidby has done him perfectly, didn't he? I would love to get a poster with his "something wicked comes this way" ;) do you know this pic?
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tigglewoo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry to butt in in this convo but I love Vetinari too!! And The 'something wicked this way comes' pic is awesome too! i have it on a bag!
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah,you like the magical folk, then? :) Me, too. The Bursar and the Dean really crack me up, and you just can't top the Librarian. I have read "Unseen Academicals" and enjoyed it, although I don't think it was Pratchett's best book. (On my list, that honour goes to "Thud!" at the moment. It's the only book by ANYBODY, EVER, that made me laugh and cry at exactly the same moment.)Bu now it almost feels like Sir Pterry is starting to feel more pressure to get his point across to people now that he's racing the clock against Alzheimer's disease, and so he's being less subtle. Still, it's a pretty decent book. :)

There may be Greebo soon-ish! Our conversation inspired me to do some Discworld doodles to clear out some artistic cobwebs, and I *finally* managed to get some sketches of him looking the way I want them to. So thanks for the inspiration!

Oh, and your English is really quite good, so no worries. :) There are a couple of glitches here and there (for example, "you are" contracts to "you're" rather than "your", which is a word that shows that you own something. But that's a mistake a lot of native English speakers make too. ;) ) It's very easy to understand you. Your English is certainly much, much better than my very rusty German! Er...Herr Pratchett ist wunderbar, ja? ^^;
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Catherine187 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Hi!
You speak German? The sentence at the end of your comment was right :) And yes, he is "wunderbar" :D

I love the wizards and witches, and the librarian always makes me laugh.
I've read Thud some months ago, and it was the first I read about the nightwatch. In my opinion it's better than the the beginning of the watch "guards, guards". But that is applicable (?)to most of his books, right? The newer books are written better and discworld is more developed, so reading is more fun :)

But, hey, reading his stuff is always fun ;) ;)

I'm very very curious how your Greebo looks like :) Nice, that I could inspirate you to do some more discworld-work! That makes me happy ;)

And of course it's nice to have a litte conversation about discworld - most of my friends don't like it (to much fantasy: "four elephants? a turtle? catherine, you're nuts") :)

So, now I have to do some work for university, that's why I say: Bye bye :)
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canadiankazz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Awesome work. XD
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ChristianistheLawr Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010   Writer
Perfect. Yeah, a bit like McGonagall, but she's even more badass. Borrowing is better than being an animagus.
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miss-Lyra Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
It's probably the best illustration of Esme!
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DionysiaJones Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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suzannebookworm Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
great portrait of granny weatherwax! I love how you included the hat pins- after all, where would she be without them! Her personality really shines through, and I was immediately drawn to her eyes- they look wise, cynical, and completely granny.
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Jthegymnast Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
This is one of the best renditions of her I've seen, great job!
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zerry Featured By Owner May 12, 2009
A perfect rendition to one of the most memorable characters in literature :clap:
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Lysarose Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
The colours are beautiful and her expression is awesome! Lovely work!
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Arlome Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahaha! I'm sure Granny would kick Voldy into oblivion:) I think this is the best fan-made Esme I've seen so far. Great job:D
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BrunaBrito Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
your texts are as good as your art! brilliant piece!
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