Sunday 7 November 2010

From the Vaults: 1999 ‘Quest for the Celtic Chalice’

In 1999 I was commissioned by the Daily Post to illustrate the ‘Afanc’ a lake monster from Welsh mythology for their ‘Quest for the Celtic Chalice’ treasure hunt competition. The paper offered readers the chance to win a Rauni Higson jewel encrusted silver chalice worth a thousand pounds by solving the clues provided by the paper each day. Being Welsh, born and bred I was fascinated with Welsh mythology and the Mabinogion (medieval Welsh manuscripts) I knew about the Afanc and loved to draw monsters so I relished the idea of illustrating it. More often described as either a crocodile or a giant beaver it was said that the creature would attack and devour anyone who entered Llyn Ffynnon Las. Granted free-reign in its design I decided to base the creature on a Pike and to my delighted he not only featured in the competition’s centre spread he also made the front page!

© Arfon Jones 2010. All images are copyrighted throughout the world.

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