The conte crayon sketch of the fish bone island is an
alternative book cover design for Diary by Chuck Palahniuk.
The sketch personifies the artistic talent and dreams of
the main character, Misty.
For Misty, the fish bone island symbolizes the hope for a better life—in the form of a happy marriage. However, she later discovers the dark, twisted truth behind her marriage and
The smeared effect on the sketch conveys the cynicism and disillusion that now paints Misty’s perspective of the reality. Attaining a perfect, happy life has always been only
a pipe dream.