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Life of Pi: Cover Art by pallanoph Life of Pi: Cover Art by pallanoph
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.

Not actual 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.)
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Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
This is crazily epic!
LittleClifford Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey :iconjedi-cat: you might like this
dwuff Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
But your painting is really nice (sorry I meant to add that in my previous comment). The book wasn't as traumatic for me.
dwuff Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Personally, the movie was very traumatic for me. All that suffering of people and animals in HD, screaming, in pain, scared, loudly, right in front of me on a huge screen. Plus the open ocean. I am scared of the open ocean.
NewShine Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're getting, really, really good at people. He looks almost elfin in his features - all mystical. And the whole tiger-head-water thing I love. 8D And the texture of the water... It looks almost silky.
Niverdia Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I quite liked the book, however, the movie carries completely different (dumbed-down) messages and has hardly any of the wit- and grittiness of the book. It's very pretty to watch, but that's about it.

Either way, everything about this fanart/cover is awesome. :3
GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
I really love the way the tiger's stripes morph into the waves. :)
K3LL-3 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Clever design. How you related the tiger's stripes to the water... and the little turtles and fish... I think those would have been difficult to integrate peacefully into the composition, but it works so well here. The water is so pretty...

As much as I liked the novel, I haven't seen the movie either. :XD:
QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!! Absolutely magnificent!
ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
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