The Neighborhood’s Night – Page 8

Here’s the 6th illustration for the book project I just finished for Learning A-Z. Page 8 of The Neighborhood’s Night by Juliana Catherine.

Here Leena’s family makes it to the emergency shelter, which is the gymnasium at a school a safe distance from the wildfires. The important points of this illustration are to show the three families standing in line at the front, that they’re in a gym, and that there’s a crowd of people already there. Since I didn’t want the crowd to make the background too busy and distract from the foreground people, I made them fade from minimally colored at the front, to completely gray at the back. The color in the room also fades a bit as it recedes into the distance.

It was important to the client that I show diverse families, because they wanted to show that all sorts of people had been displaced by the wildfire. That’s why, in addition to Leena’s family, one family group consists of two women and a child and the other has a little grandmother and her grandkids, including one in in a wheelchair. The characters are a bit small to really show racial traits, but they do have a range of skin tones and hair color to indicate diversity. They also are diverse in the amount of stuff they managed to bring with them, either by affluence or by luck, it isn’t clear. One family group has several nice, big, rolling suitcases while Leena’s family just has some duffle bags and the third family doesn’t have any bags at all.

An illustration of page 8 of The Neighborhood's Night.  The scene is a school gymnasium set up as an emergency shelter with a crowd of people around cots set up on the floor.  Three displaced families stand in line in the foreground.  A woman at a table seems to be handling sign-ins.

2 thoughts on “The Neighborhood’s Night – Page 8

  1. Dave Wright says:

    Sorry, I don’t love this one as much.

    I like it, and the diversity of the characters and their “Stuff” is well done, but the non-descript floor makes me want some of the border lines common to gyms. And backboards usually have have an orange trim too.

    I really like how you emphasize the foreground (and maybe border lines would interfere with that), but it does make the unusual table angle stand out.

    • Karen B. Jones says:

      Yeah, I debated how much background detail to include in this whole thing. In the end, I decided to keep it minimal. Perhaps I should have included the floor stripes, but the client seemed to be happy with it as it is.

      What’s unusual about the table angle? The whole room is all done in simple one point perspective except for the possessions with the families in line, which I just sort of fudged. The wheelchair might not be as consistent as it could be, though.

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