I was sketching in Photoshop CS5 playing with the Rotate View tool (a feature that allows you to rotate the canvas like you would a sketch pad.
The end result was this chubby malformed hellboy-ish looking monster thing.
I am not sure where the recent “water-inspired” themes have come from, but this one might be one of my favorite drawings to date.
Jenny Greenteeth…the first time I saw anything about this fairly obscure folktale was in Alan Lee & Briand Froud’s “faeries.” An amazing book. No shit, I drew every picture in that book over and over it was amazing.
anyway here’s the wikipedia version of Jenny:
Jenny Greenteeth is a figure in English folklore. A river hag, similar to Peg Powler, she would pull children or the elderly into the water and drown them. She was often described as green-skinned, with long hair, and sharp teeth. She is called Jinny Greenteeth in Lancashire, but in Cheshire and Shropshire she is called Ginny Greenteeth, Jeannie Greenteeth, Wicked Jenny, or Peg o’ Nell.
She is likely to have been an invention to frighten children from dangerous waters similar to the Slavic Rusalka, the Kappa in Japanese mythology, or Australia’s Bunyip, but other folklorists have seen her as a memory of sacrificial practices.
This myth stood out to me as particularly haunting because of its obscurity…this was not the Boogey man, Sasquatch or anything else so obvious. It was just…some missing people.
been taken by a water demon.