Witch: The Young Woman

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Witch, by Marianna Orlova – mariannainsomnia on DeviantArt

In my last blog, I have been looking at representations of Witches, which are depicted as old women: and I have remarked on the fact that I’ve been hard put to find sufficient images to even fill half a blog post!

This week, I will look at young witches – a much bigger pool to fish from. After filtering out the teenage wet dreams and the outright porn, I am left with a spectrum ranging from the self-assured seductress, the young woman obsessed with her looks, and (presumably) their effect on the target male, to the rebellious girl child.

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The Wood Witch, by Krista Holewinske – Adiene on DeviantArt
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Witch, by solitarysmagick on DeviantArt

These two come-hither witches are more modestly dressed than much of what can be found under that keyword search. They are, one might point out, both works by female artists: digital 3D models such as one might use as an avatar on Second Life, perhaps they represent how the artists in question would like to look and act: self-assured, and perhaps just a tad aggressive in their sexuality.

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Umbrella Witch, by Daria Widermanska-Spala – anako-art on DeviantArt

Take the same attitude, and put on a 19th century outfit, and you get “coquettish”, rather than “punk rock queen”. There is more of a hint of mischievous playfulness here, too. One wonders what she is up to, with that umbrella!

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Black Orchid, by Daniela Giubellini – Rivan145th on DeviantArt
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White Witch, by Riikka Auvinen – tir-ri on DeviantArt

These two young girls, even though they have fewer clothes on, seem more introverted: comfortable in their bodies, rather than aggressively seductive.

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Witch’s dance, by Ana Lesac – Ana-Lesac on DeviantArt

They are also – just like the older witches – self-sufficient. This witch seems perfectly happy to dance the night away all on her own.

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Witch. Looking for you, by Blad Moran – BladMoran on DeviantArt

Never forget that witches are dangerous: When she comes looking for you, you better be on your guard! The image above is one of the few illustrations I have found, which really makes a point of putting the fear of the witch in the beholder. Whereas the witch below seems rather sad about that pile of skulls she has assembled. It is a lonely life, to be a witch!

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Witch, by Beatriz Martin Vidal – BeatrizMartinVidal on DeviantArt

Then there is also the “cute witch”: the witch below may have human skulls lining her skirt, but honestly: who could be scared of such an adorable manga witch?

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Candle Witch, by ririkuto on DeviantArt
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Halloween Witch, by Magdalena Babinska – masebi2 on DeviantArt

This one looks like a sulking teenager, rather than someone who has the potential to slit throats and collect human skulls. And in the image below, the witch has gone cyborg: but she still manages to look rather like something you might cuddle, even with that eyeface head.

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Witch, by Andrey Bobir – AndreyBobir on DeviantArt

Lastly, there is the rebellious young girl: the one who is going to be a witch when she is grown up. Signs of this: girls who refuse to smile, wear pink, and play along with the expectation that girls should be cute and sweet-tempered.

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Wanna be a witch 9, by asahinoboru on DeviantArt
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Young Witch, by Caroline Hirbec – Grimhel on DeviantArt

Even when confronted with boring household tasks – such as stirring a kettle – this young witch is far more absorbed with her book of spells, than with what is cooking!

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Witch, by burari on DeviantArt

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