Schwarzwald / by Kate England


Here are my final illustrations for my cuckoo clock project. I named the illustrations Schwarzwald, because my first sketch was inspired by the original clocks that were made in that part of Germany. 

I had tremendous problems choosing which of my sketches I would take to the next stage, and ended up selecting the one that's most true to the traditional clocks, leaving my other variations as possible candidates for further explorations. 

My sketches had a whimsical, imaginative, and folksy feeling to them, and I wanted to create a bit of an edge by setting that mood off a little with the style I created for them. What I came up with is this style that gives you the feeling of a slightly offset print. I've used pastels to create the grainy colour strokes and for the background I made a hand painted texture to bring more life into the artwork.