I created this children’s story for a uni assignment. It’s based in a small town in Italy called Manarola, part of Cinque Terre which is a string of small villages on the coast.
Manarola is incredibly beautiful, with houses the colour of sugar almonds and terra cotta that look like they’re about to tumble down the steep hill to the sea. Water rushes from the top of the hill out into the bay, and I thought “wouldn’t it be cool to go and explore down there? But what if you couldn’t find your way out again?!”
The story’s mostly in black and white as it’s a mock up, but we needed to make a few pages in full colour and this is one of them. It’s acrylic on canvas board with some permanent marker for highlights. The people are colourless on purpose.