This was a piece for a book cover assignment. I chose The Old Man and the Sea. He came out a lot more sturdy than I had intended, my teacher felt he was too good looking. I kind of agree. In the story it mentions how his shirt was patched up, much like the mast he used to propel his ship. I decided to let that be the main concept of the illustration.
I went back to watercolor for this piece, and it needs more polish. I just was growing tired of digital work and wanted something a bit more real. The fact that I had to either scan or photograph the image is why it's not quite as crisp as other images. Enjoy.