This book cover is created using adobe illustrator and adobe photoshop.
This is a book cover I made for the book Life of Pi by Yann Martel. It talks about how a teenager in Pondicherry, India describes life there with his family. Piscine Molitor Patel, or Pi, happened to believe strongly in three religions, each religion completely different from another. Raised as a Hindu, he discovered Christianity at age fourteen and Islam soon after. As a result, Pi chose to practice all three religions at once. During life in Pondicherry, his father taught him the dangers of predators by feeding a tiger with a goat.
With this memory sealed in his mind, Pi found himself trapped on a lifeboat with a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger after the sinking of the Tsimtsum. He felt fear and despair as the tiger killed the other animals one by one, and he knew he was next. He had only two choices: it was to stay on the lifeboat and become food for the tiger, or it was to abandon the lifeboat and eventually drown.
I created this book cover as a symbol. You can see the blue ocean at the bottom half of the cover and the orange stripes representing the tiger (though it’s supposed to be black, I made it orange so people know it’s the stripes of a tiger, not a zebra). The stripes of blue and stripes of orange represent the two threats – the tiger and the ocean, and the lifeboat Pi was on represents him being in between the two threats, because either one would make him die instantly.
Luckily for Pi, he made the right descision in bringing up his courage in the end to face his fears and realized there was another way to survive, and it was to create peace with the tiger and survive together: “It was at that moment that I realized this necessity. It was not a question of him or me, but of him and me… we would live – or we would die – together.” (Martel, 164). With great determination, Pi finally managed to keep the Royal Bengal tiger in his control.
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi: A Novel. New York: Harcourt, 2001. Print.
“Life of Pi – Official Trailer (HD).” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.
“Yann Martel.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia, n.d. Web.