Meet the Artist: Beth Waters

Rex may look fearsome, but his baa is definitely worse than his bite – look closely and you’ll see that his scales are in fact fancy dress, allowing him to hide from predators! In this week’s Meet the Artist we speak to his creator Beth Waters about her inspiration, including what makes a good monster.

Find Rex outside the Royal West of England Academy until 31st August, sponsored by Children of the 90s.

(Psst! If you love Beth's roar-some design, ewe can buy our Rex figurine, right here!)

Hi Beth! How old are you?

I’m 25.


What inspires you?

I’m inspired by stories, fairy tales, children’s books, people, animals, nature, landscapes, places like Scotland and Yorkshire, and now, of course, Bristol!


What inspired your Shaun design?

I suppose I have always had a teensy obsession with dragons, dinosaurs and monsters. When we were children my brothers and I used to have competitions to see who could draw the best monster, and they always had to be as fierce as possible, with lots of triangular teeth and spines. So when I was designing my Shaun I thought ‘who doesn’t love a good monster?’, and based him on my memories of these childhood drawings.


What’s your favourite part of Bristol?

Gloucester Road where I live for all the wonderful shops, and the Harbourside for all the colour and life (and the 80p ferry!)


Tell us a little about your family.

There are a lot of creative people in my family – my Mum can make anything in knitted or cake form, my Grandma has done some amazing paintings, my brothers are both in engineering and build their own speakers, and one of my cousins built a very scary full scale Dalek in his bedroom which he now uses to store his bedding in.


What kind of music do you enjoy listening to?

I like Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, and almost anything on BBC 6 music. I also play cello in the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra.


What’s your best piece of advice?

If you come face to face with my Shaun, don’t panic – he may look scary, but he’s a gentle giant at heart!