Something I had always wanted was for someone to illustrate a storybook that was inspired by Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic. For my 2D design final I was prompted to produce a book, but I actually was given the opportunity to create a piece that fulfills something in my own heart. As a child I would watch Jacques Cousteau's The Undersea World with my brother, and I was fascinated with the underwater world he presented on TV. Cousteau was the oceanographer that inspired The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. When I grew up I watched the film, and felt a connection with the character, not only because of his familiar red cap and adventurous spirit, but also because the character becomes content with the idea that life is nothing but an adventure. His character perseveres through other peoples doubt as well as his own doubt. The film is inspiring to me because it is about defying those who doubt you , and I aspire to do the same in my life, and in my work. While I envisioned illustrating a storybook so many images and colors ran through my head, and it was just a thrill to recreate them on pages. I'm a photographer at heart and I love to compose images in front of a camera, but creating this was a whole new way of storytelling.
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Zanetti, Sandra, "The Life Aquatic" (2016). 2016 UCF Student Book Arts Competition Exhibit. Image 5.