As part of the Tinderbox Collective Storytelling exhibition we were putting together a collection of work based around stories. I looked into myth and legends for inspiration, especially from the area in North Yorkshire which I come from.
Peg is a myth about a female creature with reeds for hair; she lies in wait on the banks of ponds and rivers. The story was told to warn children to stay away from the water. The idea of using a monster to scare kids reminded me of the TV adverts of the 80s doing a similar thing.
I sketched out the basic idea, then using black Indian ink and a straw I produced lots of spindly lines which had a natural 'weedy' feel. I scanned the elements in and started to construct the face and hair; once I was happy I added the eyes and teeth and the sickly green colour.
The final illustration was a great mix of creepy, natural forms in a glossy, polished execution. It made a colourful and striking image for the exhibition.