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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 Dec 15, 2014
This is crazily epic!
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LittleClifford Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey :iconjedi-cat: you might like this
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
I really love the way the tiger's stripes morph into the waves. :)
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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:
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QuirkyBrainiac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!! Absolutely magnificent!
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ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
gorgeous
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ChiiLovey Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I LOVE LIFE OF PI!!
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Tuty-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw this great movie, and this work...is awesome! :clap: I simply love how do yo used the watercolors and how do you captured the essence of Pi and Richard Parker :D
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toniigh-t Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
you should see the movie, it's very, very exciting and well done, and it can also be dramatic and depressing.
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tad-aster Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
hope you get a dd for tthis
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It's unlikely, but I'm flattered you think so. :)
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caramonbates Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
-erases his head and puts a 3.14 instead- I am such a dick
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GioMetric99 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The Movie Is Life Changing!
You Will Not Regret It
Watch The Movie ^^!
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Risa-McDohl Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work, April. I love the tiger striped ocean that surrounds Pi. The dolphins and sea turtles are a great touch, too. The complementary colors blue and orange make this a very engaging piece, although I do agree that the peach background is a bit out of place. I do appreciate the image otherwise. Gorgeous skin tones on Pi, awesome tiger. Overall, I love it!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The peach/salmon color seemed like a good idea at the time (2:00 AM) :lol: I've since updated it to a softer parchment color, which meshes a little better now. Thanks very much! :)
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Roy02 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome :)
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LotusThePirate Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*gasp* Amazing I love Life of Pi!!! :glomp:
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madugongmaria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOVE how you did the water, and how it blends with the tiger. it looks a bit like a japanese painting. <3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :aww: I love finding ways to incorporate subtle east Asian influences in my paintings. (Though for a while, I was worried the waves and water would read more as that faux "tribal" aesthetic... Egh. :rofl: )
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madugongmaria Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh, it didn't hit me as tribal at all! :lol: xD
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ThrivingIvori Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very original as compared to the other fan arts I've seen lately. The color blending is magnificently done & I love how the turtles & fish mold out of the water splashes around Pi!

Beautiful job!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very kindly! :)
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Fallen-KZ Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Student
Very cool. Beautiful painting, thumbs up! :)
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le-chat-fou Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it a lot, the way the tiger's colours becomes waves is beautiful. I would have painted the background with a watercolour wash (I don't know the exact word for "lavis" in French) though. :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I think I'll import a scan of a watercolor wash so I don't potentially ruin the original. My skills aren't that great when it comes to lovely flat colors. :B Thanks for your feedback!
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KimukoCat Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Fantastic job!
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elikdawson Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it! But you have too much open space on the top. I don't know if that would be for the book title but I think I would be a nice place for a sun or some clouds or something.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It would be for the title. A lot of cover art leaves room open in crucial areas so that the text is easily readable without compromising the cover art. (Thus, cover art can potentially look awkward without the text present, depending on the type of composition used.) I may throw in a simple soft texture, but nothing too distracting, or the piece may feel even more "busy" than it already is. I may even change the color to the same yellow that surrounds Pi. :)

Thanks for the input. :)
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Traditional Artist
Love it, especially the integration of the stripes of hte tiger and the waves/water
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! It was difficult to keep the patterns from getting too repetitive... :)
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013   Artist
Awesome water :D
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cooledwine Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great art!

But I have to be honest, that the peach-coloured background doesn't do any good to your hard work.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a temporary solution, so I'll probably go back into it. I didn't want to ruin the original with a permanent wash of color, so to speak, so I'll try something different. :)
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ManiacalCupcakeXD Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sooo.. A crappy picture taken with a phone of a pair of boobs squeezed together gets about 200 favs OR MORE and this amazing piece of art gets only 20 favs!!??

WTF Deviantart?! :wtf:
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GoldeenHerself Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013   Traditional Artist
(2 days later…) This piece has over 400 faves.

Oh ye of little faith!

(But I know what you mean.)
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ManiacalCupcakeXD Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww I'm glad to hear it has more favs now when it really deserves it! ^^
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Some subjects will often (but not always) get attention regardless of how well they are done. People really love tits. :XD:

Deviantart submission glitches probably don't help my exposure much either, but no use fretting over something I can't fix.
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ManiacalCupcakeXD Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes I just don't think people notice the "art" in Deviantart :p

But You really have talent BTW! ;)
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AwesomenessOfNorway Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! _
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