Black Annis - A3 sketchbook-mixed media.

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Scary … thanks for the story too

Very much an air of menace. Once again well drawn and painted.

Another excellent painting fro the master of pen an ink

Another one to like and enjoy , Lewis , - do you have a ready source for the material you use - books or internet , whichever there is an obvious familiarity with the subject matter and a flair for presenting it.

Thank you Heather, Stephen, Dixie and Mike. I have a few books, Mike. I like fantasy art and mythology because they make interesting characters to draw. The internet is a great source for info, looking for one character often leads to others.

To me she's beautiful and scared and scary, a woman of strength and the courage to stand out in the world doing good.

Like the story behind this Lew, another brilliant drawing, love the amber colour of the eye's.

Not scary but perhaps the type of female you wouldn't take home for tea !! Excellent .

It is strange how women who used herbs and potions were thought of as witches. To a simple soul like me they appeared to do good mostly.

Thanks again to everybody for having a look and commenting. I agree Richard. It seems using herbs to help people was often used to accuse women of witchcraft...sometimes it may have been out of spite by people with their own agendas. Nasty times.

Magnificent illustrating Lew. Great expression of almost fear..but not quite....

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A witch from East Anglian mythology. Like most she's depicted as ugly or attractive depending on the story-teller. She's supposed to have iron claws. 'Experts' say she's based on a real woman, who did good deeds...healing people with herbs. The Mythmakers take her from that to a monster with a taste for human flesh. Most of these witches seem to have originated like that. (Back then it must have been highly suspicious for people to go around doing good deeds.) Pen, Inktense pencils, watercolor.

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Lewis Cooper

Self taught. Love drawing. Like to make pictures up, without using reference pics, often in cartoon style. I do other pictures where I do use reference. I'm knocking on a bit, born in 1940 in Greenwich, London. Retired, and loving it.

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