The Old Man and the Sea

I have chosen to design a cover for Ernest Hemingway's novella The Old Man and the Sea. Most of the existing covers take a pretty literal approach, with imagery of the ocean and fishing. I'd like to explore some other approaches to represent the style and themes of the book rather than the plot. The story is so well known at this point that I think showing standard images of some combination of the ocean, a man, and a fish are no longer necessary.

Here is an overview from Wikipedia:

The Old Man and the Sea is a novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway and published in his lifetime. One of his most famous works, it centers upon Santiago, an aging fisherman who struggles with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.[3]The Old Man and the Sea was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953 and was cited by the Nobel Committee as contributing to the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature to Hemingway in 1954.

Here's my progress so far. A couple different versions. I'm partial to the third one myself. I was inspired by all the visceral elements of the book, the shine of fish scales, the rope burn on tired flesh. I desided to focus on textures.

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