A Novel View: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Added a new title to my project, "A Novel View", where I create new covers for classics from the public domain.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!

I really wanted to capture the beauty and treachery of the ocean for this cover. I've always had a slight fear of large sea creatures, there's something so mysterious and 'other' to these beasts. But in order to capture this feeling, I thought it would be best to keep the giant squid mostly unseen. Let the hiddenness evoke these scary feelings.

If you look at my sketches you will almost always notice that I change things in the final piece quite a bit.

In some ways, I see myself as a bit of a collage artist. I love for the execution of the piece to be organic and lively, and I don't like the sketch to be too prescriptive.

I take shapes, and textures and lay them over the image, trying to find those happy accidents which help take the piece into territory that I might not on my own, and I feel like this is how I can break out of the contrived or predictable.

Love to hear about an artist's process. What does your's look like?

View the rest of the "A Novel View" project here.