Who’s the Meanest of Them All?

meanie2 (copy)

Draft of one of my Mean girls in
Sugar Goes to the Fair

When is it good to be Mean?

Remember the girls at school who enjoyed being mean? We all knew one, no matter where we grew up, I remember the way it was.

Especially if you were different.

The ones that judged you and called you names. The ones who looked down their noses at you and made you feel like you were an outsider. They laughed at you, in front of your face and behind your back, whispering that you would never be good at anything. They did not single you out, they did this to anyone who would listen.

The reason for my negative nostalgia? As you can see by my rough draft I am creating my villain for the picture book.

I’m gathering ideas on what makes an evil villain. Thinking back to school days (way back) trying to remember what attributes those mean girls had.

I scanned many images, looking for the right girl a certain sneer, maybe a turned up lip, or her nose in the air.  Anything  that would suit the part. My villain does not need a grotesque or ugly face. Although having a cute pinky nose is no guarantee the owner will be all sweet and cuddly.

I chose this girl from real photos with her pink nose and a bushy mean stare.

When doing my research on  villains I thought about one of my favourite book  characters, it is Dolores Umbridge from those slightly famous books by

JK Rowling

Dolores makes her first powerful appearance in

The Order Of The Phoenix from the Harry Potter series.

If you do not know her you can read about her here.

http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Dolores_Umbridge

What a piece of work she is. She does her dastardly deeds whilst sipping tea, smiling sweetly, wrapped in a pink fluffy cardigan. Poor old Harry Potter never sees her coming. An excellent unexpected villain just the way I like them. To convey such wickedness looking like she just got back from church is real to me and even scarier than a flesh-eating zombie after dark. Villains are every day normal people just like you or me. I find the ones who don’t look or act evil in the beginning, scare me forever.

My villain is  a tad shallow and frightfully stuck up. She informs Sugar she is far too different to win a prize at the fair. She indeed sets fear into our hero at first, this mean act is the reason Sugar gets angry and determined to prove she can win a ribbon at the fair. Sugar does get even  and rightly so, with the help of some new friends, a bowl of fairy floss and a blustering wind.

I found my mean girl, in the same paddock where I found Sugar (fancy that!)

I can’t say too much about the real story here, and probably should not share my art work  either. I have not decided which way I am going to publish. I will worry about that when I finish. All I can say is my characters both the good and the evil have a place in my heart and one day they will be hopefully loved by many.

at the fair (copy)

Sugar is left to defend herself

When is it good to be mean?

When you are the most evil villain in a story.

Who do you love as a villain please share here.

About Minuscule Moments

Everybody has a DREAM. Today is the first day of the rest of my writing life. Its a lonely world out there when you are learning the craft. This year, as the same as last year, I want to finish my first children's picture book. I have learn't many wonderful lessons on this journey. You are never too old to learn.
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26 Responses to Who’s the Meanest of Them All?

  1. (I can’t wait for this book.) I agree, the best villain is the beautiful one, the one you least expect. Although Charles Dickens did have some very good dastardly types who were weasely little worms like Uriah Heep. It is hard for me to think of a cow as mean, I can’t wait to see how you are going to accomplish that.

    • Kathleen if you ask my husband he can tell you a thing or two about rogue cows, never get in between the cow and the fence or you will be crushed. Cows have personalities when you have the time to watch and observe their every day life like I do. My mean girls are all about exclusion because they are full breed Friesian’s (show Cows) where as Sugar is a cross-breed and not allowed to enter the competition (so they say), but that does not stop her from winning a ribbon.

  2. I agree with Kathleen. Cows have such gorgeous eyes. BUT..that’s where you can see a person’s soul. It has to be somewhere in the eyes. The only villains that come to mind are the ones from Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. One was Napoleon. I forget the other. Both were very self-serving and made a lot of rules for the other animals, but they never kept them. Thanks for sharing your project with us. We love watching your progress!

  3. Hands down, the scariest villain is the one that looks the nicest and most polished on the outside. They are the pretty ones that you smile at only to be eaten in return. It’s the power of a mean girl that can make us have instant flashbacks to a moment in time twenty (or more!) years ago. I think you nailed it with Delores, and with your art! Beautiful. I can’t wait to see your finished work. This snippet is simply amazing. Keep creating!

    • Stephanie nice to see you here and thanks for the encouragement it all takes time and lots of practice but I no longer say if, it is only a matter of time and getting the images just right. I still have a long way to go, I am enjoying the process.

  4. Cruella de Ville in 101 Dalmations. Definitely no-one meaner. In real life, I know a few but won’t name and shame them. Mean people are friendly to your face and can’t wait to stab you in the back…they are everywhere!
    Your drawings are great Kath. You’ve come a long way, you know. Remember that very 1st draft?
    Can’t wait for the book either.
    Pxx

    • Patricia Oh yes what a wonderful villain Cruella De Ville is, memorable with that black and white streaked hair and dreadful taste in clothing. I loved her. I agree I have come a long way friend and still have a ways to go, thank you.

  5. Sheila says:

    You’re giving me flashbacks of junior high. 🙂 I love your drawings and I think that last one really shows that kind of thing because they’re all grouped together and just staring at Sugar with those scornful looks. I’ll have to think about villain characters. The only one I can think of for now is Scarlett O’Hara because she’s so memorable but she might not be a real villain because she’s such a mixture of so many things.

    • Sheila thanks I loved Scarlet because all the way through you wanted to hate her, but I could not, what a brilliant villain wrapped up in green curtains lol. What a fantastic three dimensional character she is. With flaws and at times she was also vulnerable. She made the best out of any bad situation. Like I said I found it hard not to like her.

  6. Lotta Wanner says:

    Professor Umbridge really is a masterful character. I think you caught the gaze in those eyes just perfectly. The opposites attracts. 🙂

  7. Kath, I love your drawings. You’ve brought me straight back to elementary school where I encountered my first female villain midst my peers. In older grades we got along, but I can tell you that she was not at all how Disney would have portrayed her. She was lovely, articulate, and clever. I was the new girl in that school and an easy target. Your book sounds very intriguing.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  8. Ah yes, mean girls. I knew one in school, just like everyone else, who for a period of time made my life hell (I was the new kid).
    In my book I have a mean girl. That’s the thing, in real life they are terrible but in fiction they make the story so much more interesting! Love your art, Kath, and your story sounds intriguing. Keep up the wonderful work. x

  9. So what about that darling cow is ‘mean’? She looks lovable!

  10. Sara says:

    Ah, the villains. I would love to read your book and see the beautiful pictures that portray the good and evil people of our world. What a great way to do it – with cows!

    I’ve always longed to be a villain but I’ve been cursed with a compassionate nature. Perhaps I should work on being a villain to the bad people; I wouldn’t feel so guilty then.

    My favorite “mean girl?” The evil queen in Snow White. She’s so beautiful but so, so wicked.
    I hope I can read your picture book some day. Your cows are divine!

  11. I love this post! And I am a huge Harry Potter fan, and the memory of Dolores Umbridge still makes me tremble. She is a fantastic villain, all those tumbling cuddly kittens in the photographs behind her desk, ooh, gives me the shivers just thinking about it.

    Your mean girl cow looks deceptively innocent, but we all know that doesn’t mean much! Can’t wait to see and hear more about your book, and sweet Sugar.

  12. mrsgillies says:

    Your pictures are amazing! I am really looking forward to seeing the finished product!

    • Thanks it is a journey to be sure and I never realised how much of a perfectionist I am as since writing this post I started re-doing all sketches again…am happy with what is evolving.

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