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Glinda sketches

Glinda the Good as a teen.

Glinda sketch by Tarl Telford

I have been brainstorming Oz stories for about five years now. This includes visual brainstorms and concept art for the eventual graphic novels of some Hidden History of Oz stories. To give an idea of some of the character development over the last two years, I thought I would start with the hero – Glinda.

Glinda is the teenage daughter of the most powerful sorceress in Oz. Through a series of tantrum-inspired events, Glinda becomes an orphan on the run from the Wicked Witches. (See The Witch Queens novel for full details.)

Glinda the Good in a princess dress

Glinda with princess dress, by Tarl Telford

Glinda face and hair studies

Glinda face and hair concepts, by Tarl Telford

These are the first sketches in the concept art category. There will doubtless be many more. For more of my artwork, you can visit my deviantart gallery. I am beginning to share some of my artwork again.

For reference purposes, here is a public domain illustration of Glinda from one of Baum’s books, Glinda of Oz. This is Glinda approximately 60 years after HH1: The Witch Queens. She learned the secret to aging well. You’ll just have to read the book and find out what it is.

The portrait of Glinda the Good appearing in G...

The portrait of Glinda the Good appearing in Glinda of Oz, by L. Frank Baum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you want to see more concept art for The Hidden History of Oz characters and places? Let me know in the comments below.


5 responses

  1. I like your interpretation of young Glinda, particularly the freckles.


    September 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    • Thank you. As I get further along in my writing, I am going to develop more and more artwork to go along with my vision for the characters. Glinda just happens to be the first to go out into the world. Actually, she would go out first anyway – she refuses to be second to anyone. Thanks for checking in.


      September 25, 2013 at 6:37 PM

  2. Oh Tarl, is there no end to your talent? I suppose you can sing too?


    September 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    • Truthfully, no. I do not have a good singing voice. I have been called monotone a time or two.
      I grew up loving art. I wanted to write and draw comics as a teen. Twenty years later, now that I have achived another dream by publishing more than one book, I am floating ideas of doing a graphic novel. That is still not set in stone, because I have more Oz stories to write, and I need to practice drawing more (you need to draw a mile of paper before you are any good). But I have a fun Oz story that might work well as a graphic novel. Stay tuned.


      September 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

  3. Alex Hickman

    I love your concept of Glinda 😀 Would be happy to see your versions of the other HH characters especially the other Witches of Oz like Kaliyna/Kally and Locasta. Thank you for all the wonderful work you do.


    March 30, 2015 at 10:34 AM

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