rocking horse winner

We're doing an illustration project in college at the moment for the story 'The Rocking Horse Winner' by DH Lawrence. It's a creepy, set in the 1920's and there's a rocking horse in pretty much cool all round.

We have to do 5 illustrations for the text of the story and 1 for the cover. This is my cover design progress so far... gradually getting darker and darker. (my tutor keeps looking at me and going 'A child DIES.' in this creepy intense way, it's kind of hilarious.) If you haven't read the story, do!

After re-reading the story I realised that the rocking horse is meant to on springs... so annoying. So I kind of had to start again, but I'm much happier with how my new design is going. Here's a sneaky preview: