Mock-Cover Redesign for The Pearl by John Steinbeck

This mock-cover redesign for The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, utilizes imagery of scorpions, oysters, pearls, shells, and Pesos.  The whimsical style and color-scheme of the cover is meant to represent the way Kino (the main character) first viewed the great pearl – as pure and filled with hope.  Upon closer inspection however, one discovers that many of the ornate details are actually dangerous scorpions, just as the symbolism of the pearl shifts in the novel to represent danger and evil and greed.  The blue color of the scorpions is inspired by the blue appearance scorpions have when ultraviolet light hits them (a technique often utilized to find scorpions in the dark).