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Life of Pi: Cover Art

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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SpectralClandestine1's avatar
Such a good movie! I accidentally found this art, but loving it!
CloudedHeu's avatar
this is the version of the story I like the most Meow :3 
This is the guy who trained the tiger in Life of Pi…
iammarit's avatar
Amazing! I really love how the stripes of the tiger turn into the waves around the boy.
Alecat's avatar
Oh wow, amazing interpretation. I LOVE the way you handled the waves around Richard Parker!

I adored the book. I caught the movie adaptation on TV and it... met my expectations. I think some of my favourite parts of the book were things that couldn't translate to the screen so I didn't expect to see them, and was thus not overly disappointed by their omission.
Ripplingwaves's avatar
This is crazily epic!
LittleClifford's avatar
hey :iconjedi-cat: you might like this
dwuff's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
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's avatar
I really love the way the tiger's stripes morph into the waves. :)
doodleplaid's avatar
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's avatar
Lovely!! Absolutely magnificent!
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Tuty-Chan's avatar
I saw this great movie, and this awesome! :clap: I simply love how do yo used the watercolors and how do you captured the essence of Pi and Richard Parker :D
toniigh-t's avatar
you should see the movie, it's very, very exciting and well done, and it can also be dramatic and depressing.
tad-aster's avatar
hope you get a dd for tthis
pallanoph's avatar
It's unlikely, but I'm flattered you think so. :)
GummyBirbs's avatar
-erases his head and puts a 3.14 instead- I am such a dick
GioMetric99's avatar
The Movie Is Life Changing!
You Will Not Regret It
Watch The Movie ^^!
Risa-McDohl's avatar
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!
pallanoph's avatar
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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