It’s just creeping into September and we can just see Halloween and Bonfire night on the horizon. I thought about it because I came across a photo of the rough drawing for the Witches – Hovel, Playrama set. The shame is that in my process the roughs get rubbed out when I ink over them, and are generally lost to time as I usually forget to take a record scan. The Witches are my favourite Playrama set so far, mainly because I love spooky things, not totally hairy-scary, just funny fun. An example of this are some films by Tim Burton, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
Here is the finished Witches Hovel Playrama just waiting to be opened up and played with. Some of the character ideas come form drawings I did as a child, such as Ben the spider. I think it was because it was easy, you just draw a black hairy ball, put some eyes and fangs on it and 8 hairy legs. Ben looks scary, but he isn’t really, in fact I imagine he’s just like a big puppy dog, who gets very excited when Dizzy and Jet are whizzing around the hovel on their broomsticks. I believe that he has been very useful spinning webs between trees so the witches can put their washing up to dry!