I’ve always had a picture in my mind of what “Mad Matilda” Crowley looks like However, it’s always been tough getting her image on paper.
Usually I see Matilda from Spinsterella as a Gothed up Tia Mowry or Persia White in my imagination. And I see the 16-year old Matilda from Spellbound as a Gothed up Zendaya Coleman or Lisa Bonet during her time on The Cosby Show with Lydia Deetz’ hair from Beetlejuice.
However, it’s tough getting any image of Matilda to paper. While I’ve done sketches of the character, they really haven’t captured her spirit. It wasn’t until one of my readers on Facebook told me he imagined Paula Patton as Matilda in Spinsterella that I was actually able to get inspired solidify an image of Mad Matilda, the Queen of the Industrial Goth Raves. I’m not the worlds biggest Paula Patton fan, but when I took a look at images of her on Google, I started getting ideas for her visual image.
Mad Matilda is the 21-year old Matilda from The Legend of Mad Matilda. This is Matilda in her Goth Prime, in the period between her baby bat years in Spellbound and her Elder Goth years in Spinsterella. Since the story is set in 1995, and industrial is a major part of the subculture at the time, I’ve changed her look to reflect that era.
“Mad Matilda’s” look is meant to be less elegant and a bit more aggressive. The character is the life of the party and is supposed to get crowds excited for the event. Inspirations for Mad Matilda include MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown and real life Goth YouTuber Rose Nocturnalia. In several videos Rose Nocturnalia wore a set of pigtails in a wig that looked JUST like the way I imagined Mad Matilda’s. Due to the paper size I didn’t make them as big as Rose’s but they are supposed to be puffed out teased out pigtails.
Mad Matilda’s outfit is a lot less elegant than the Black Widow of Spellbound. Mad Matilda’s clothes are designed to fit more in the industrial scene and allow her to work raves and clubs. The skirt is shorter so she can dance and jump off stages, and because raves and clubs are HOT she wears T-shirts. She also wears edgier Goth jewelry such as spiked collars and bracelets, darker makeup and the Nose ring she mentioned in Spinsterella. And of course the DemoniaStack platform boots. Because Demonia Stacks are AWESOME.
These sketches aren’t perfect, but they’re just a way to get an image from my imagination to paper. Mad Matilda is one of the TOUGHEST characters to draw and I’m finally happy to have an image of her put to paper. Another thanks to my Facebook friends for jump starting my imagination!