Design Portfolio

How I Create Designs & Illustrations For Musical Instruments

After a two year training course as a Graphic Designer at Akademie für Kommunikation I started to study at Freie Kunstakademie in Mannheim, Germany and received my Diploma in Fine Arts in 2013. Since then I've been working as a Freelance Designer. 


When designing I always tune into the energetic background of each element - every piece contributes to the expression and flow of energy. I find it thrilling how you can consciously communicate through colors, shapes, image, words and the relationship between different design elements. 


One of my favorite aspects of design and illustration work is decorative designs for musical instruments. It is wonderful to combine these two passions of mine that are music and art! I have so far painted celtic harps, ukuleles, frame drums and I am excites to see what else wants to be birthed! I love to combine both traditional and digital techniques, so it is possible for me to start drawing or painting by hand and then scanning the artwork and getting it ready to be printed, like I did for CAMAC harps. Alternatively, instruments can be hand-painted the traditional way.


Here are a few of my creative projects that I have done for clients. I hope you enjoy them and get an idea of what is possible! If you have an idea you'd like me help bring to life, get in touch! I am open for commission works!


Soundboard Decoration for Camac Harps

"Les Harpes Camac are inspired by the centuries of savoir-faire of the fine, Gutenberg printing tradition.

Our master craftsmen have collaborated with the German artist, Caroline Nobles, to realize her magnificent soundboard decorations with modern technical prowess. Using inks applied entirely by the processes of coating, photo initialization and reticulation drying, our decorations will enchant musicians searching for personalization and originality. Four designs - Finn, Sylphe, Shamrock and Fleurie - are available to ennoble your Camac lever harp.

The special decorated soundboard option is available on all our lever harps, except the Hermine, Telenn and Bardic."

 -Camac Harps France


Handpainted Small Harp from Klangwerkstatt

Handpainted Golden Koi Fluke Tenor Ukulele

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