20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - student project

NOV 24

Hello everyone!

I chose "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", which is an awesome classic science fiction book, written by Jules Verne. So the letter I'm been focused on is the "V" for Verne.

After I read the book, here is my brainstorming:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 1 - student project

I focused on three diferent concepts to draw my sketches:

1. Natural undersea elements.

The main character and narrator of the story is an expert marine biologist, so the book is full of detailed descriptions about the underwater flora and fauna. I made some sketches based on seaweed and coral, since in the book there are some importants chapters in underwater forests.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 2 - student project 

2. Kraken.

One of the most famous part of the novel is the battle against a group of krakens or giant squids. In my opinion, it's not the most important part of the story, but squids and octopus' shape is very attractive to illustrate and very symbolic to represent the sea.

Here some sketches with the kraken idea:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 3 - student project

3. Navigation.

A lot of instruments for navigation are described on the book. The sextant is used by Captain Nemo to determinate the latitude. It has a clear "V" shape and reminds that it's a nineteenth-century novel.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 4 - student project

I can't decide which concept I prefer to keep working on, so any feedback would be really appreciated. Thank you!

UPDATE NOV 26

Thanks for your feedback!

You helped me a lot, but I'm still indecisive and I'm going to try three sketches with illustrator. Let's see how they work:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 5 - student project

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 6 - student project

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 7 - student project

UPDATE DEC 4

I finally decided to choose the kraken sketch.

In the book the octopuses are much smaller, but I like the idea that in my sketch the octopus represents the undersea wilderness, huge and dangerous, compared to the submarine, which represents the mankind and technology. The tentacles look like the ocean waves and on the bottom appears the monter's head, which represents the mysterys of the bottom of the ocean.

I'm still an illustrator beginner, so I tried my best to vectorize the drawing:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 8 - student project

I'm not too happy with the colors, I'm still testing.

I think it's still too simple and it would get better with more details. I like to know your opinion, you helped me a lot before!

UPDATE DEC 7

Still Trying. I'm happier with these colors, but not with the gradients.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 9 - student project

UPDATE DEC 7 (again)

I decided to make some changes because it didn't look like a drop cap letter. I know it doesn't look like an octopus now, and the way the tentacles go out from the V is quite weird, but I like better the general apparence of this (like a drop cap letter with ornamental elements, more o less). What do you think?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 10 - student project 

UPDATE DEC 22

Hello!

I think I finally found the definitve shape. Now I'm trying to decide about the colors: darker or lighter tentacles?

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 11 - student project

UPDATE JAN 10

Happy New Year!

I finally chose the dark version and made some little changes on the waves. I'm quite happy with this final version.

Thanks everyone for your feedback! This class was really helpful and inspiring :)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 12 - student project20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 13 - student project20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne - image 14 - student project

Laura Pacheco
Cartoonist and Illustrator