Macbeth and the Witches

This week we shall screw our courage to the sticking place and present three drawings of Macbeth and the witches from Shakespeare’s Scottish play. A battleweary Macbeth is greeted by “three weird sisters ” who prophesy his future in mysterious terms.

The first drawing was done with compressed charcoal on paper. I like the deep blacks and the way the figures are lit in silhouette by the moon.

Macbeth and the Witches by Barry Trower (1980)
Macbeth and the Witches (1980).

 

The second drawing was done with willow stick charcoal on paper. Here Macbeth has dismounted and the witches appear in death masks.

Macbeth and the Witches by Barry Trower (1983).
Macbeth and the Witches (1983).

The last version was done in black and white gouache over charcoal on paper. Here the witches glow and seem suspended in space, or as Shakespeare described it “hover through the fog and filthy air”. I like the atmosphere in this one and am particularly proud of the witches’ faces, which can look at the viewer and Macbeth at the same time.

Macbeth and the Witches by Barry Trower (1985).
Macbeth and the Witches (1985).

Macbeth is one of my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays, with witches, ghosts, murders, twists of fate and a surprise ending!

I hope you have enjoyed my depictions of the scene. Break a leg,

Barry

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