EDIT: Background touched up with some scanned texture and a slightly more subtle color. Hopefully this looks better than the flat salmon-ish color from earlier.
cover art, but a project I'd been meaning to take on for nearly a year now. (Finally?) I actually still
have not gone to see the movie adaptation. Maybe someday.
I wanted to take a more surreal/metaphorical approach to the cover illustration, where the tiger, water, the boat, and Pi are their own self contained universe, inseparable, in a manner of speaking. The tiger's presence overpowers Pi, and at the same time he appears only half formed, as though a hallucination. I hoped it would lend to the overall otherworldly quality of the novel.
Anyway. I am terrible at explaining things, it seems. My writing is in poor shape. I can tell you, however, that this is entirely watercolor with some touches of white gel pen (handy in a pinch) and with flat digital color forming the background. (I reasoned that a fairly nondescript background with good color and no texture/noise would do best in supporting title text. Right?) Things got a bit blotchy during the end. Such is the way with coldpress papers, which I otherwise like quite a bit. It really is probably my fault these things happen.
(Now let us see if there is still a submission glitch going on... or it's simply that I'm really not worth paying attention to. Either is fine, I suppose, but I'm a bit curious to learn which it is.)
Comments and critiques are more than welcome.
Art © April Schumacher, "Life of Pi" © Yann Martel. All rights reserved. PLEASE do not use this in ways one would consider plagiarism, etc. (You are free to download for use as a desktop, of course.)