As an avid reader fascinated with the concept of identity, Haruki Murakami's ever-shifting writing style quickly became an obsession. From the enigmatic figure at the center of "1Q84" to the quiet librarian described in "Kafka on the Shore", Murakami's characters seemed to never be fully realized on the book covers I had seen. With a box of oil pastel, I created a cover to try to encapsulate one of Murakami's most vibrant and mysterious characters, Aomame.



Based on the core inspiration of enigmatic characters, I worked with layers of oil pastel to build a veil that only gradually revealed our main character's identity. The work was done on sketch paper with oil pastel.