1Q84

Digital Artwork

After reading Haruki Murakami’s renowned fantasy, 1Q84 (2009), I was inspired to create a Photoshop cover artwork reflecting the novel's key underlying Parallel Worlds theme. Highlights came from the chapter, Aomame - Whether We Are Happy or Unhappy, where I selected two pivotal moments that best evoke the novel's dystopian world. These are the two moons, a scene that continuously haunts the chapter's protagonist, and a hand pinching a sewing needle in the eye iris eliciting a dark nature about the subject herself.


A combination of Photoshop soft-edge pencil tools was used to illustrate each component, while inked brush strokes on paper achieved the Tategaki-inspired title letters.

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