John Berkey’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea cover is one of the best renditions of Verne’s world, capturing the feel of the book’s undersea atmosphere. His rendition of the Nautilus is quite different from so many iterations of the famous submarine. It’s quite huge in comparison and actually feels like the right amount of space that Verne writes about in the story.
So many nice parts to this piece, like the many divers involved on a diving run, the bright sea life, and the sunken wooden ship in the landscape. But the use of light is what grabs the viewer and directs the focus.
But the loose quality of the paint he uses to indicate the streak of burning damage coming off the fuselage is a perfect mixture of bright oranges and cadmium yellows to show intermittent flames without over-rendering, and all on a nice beeline straight-away that captures the speed.