Das Boot


Graphic emblem for the production design of Sky’s recent award-winning reboot of the classic WW2 drama Das Boot.

I was asked by the producers to create the emblem for the conning tower of the titular submarine. In theory, this might seem like a simple task but the brief had the complication that the drawing needed to look period correct and as if it had been drawn by an artistically amateur but enthusiastic submariner.

To accomplish this I hit the history books and immersed myself in order to try and distill down what kind of techniques were used by the submarine artists of the day.

After trying many different emblems, from devils to sharks to octopuses holding torpedos, the production settled on the red scorpion motif. The final design was then hand painted onto the sets and the life-size submarine built for the external shots.