I really enjoy these theater poster commissions. It gives me a chance to delve into a great book and try to boil the essence down to a single image. It is similar to designing a cover, but without the various input and compromises that sometimes go with that territory.
I was asked to try a few sketches with the hobo and Edward:
This seemed like the direction to take it. I pulled back to give more of a sense of the net and the lonely sea.
To avoid being too bleak, a bit of sunlight filters in from the top left.
The final was drawn in pencil and then digitally colored which was both faster (I was in the middle of painting Snow White and didn't have a ton of time) and also well-suited for the murky depths of the ocean.
The show goes up next season in lovely Portland, Oregon. Check it out if you can!