I was commissioned by Sial publishing house in June 2017 to illustrate a book for a mature audience. The story was an allegory of dealing with symptoms rather than with the actual problems we face in life. The task was to present a surreal feel in a mature way that will draw the readers into the book.
I started by presenting 2 different ideas that represent dealing with symptoms rather than the problem. The water theme was present in both options, since fishing and water were a big part of the story.
The author and the publishing house chose the first option, so we proceeded with that illustration:
Character design and inner pages:
The character was described as friendly, outdoorsy, and the author pictured him as a wobbly, bald, sweet man.