The Neighborhood’s Night – Page 7

Here’s the 5th illustration for the book project I just finished for Learning A-Z. Page 7 of The Neighborhood’s Night by Juliana Catherine.

This is the last one in the project that has fancy lighting. From here on out the characters will be indoors under regular lights, which is a lot easier, but not as pretty.

Anyway, Leena and Amir are in the backseat of the car as their mom drives them away from their house towards the evacuation shelter. Leena is sad and worried. Amir is too young to understand, so is sleeping. He spends most of the book asleep, actually.

In the sketch phase for this one, I originally drew it at a different angle because I didn’t realize two-year olds, the age Amir is supposed to be, still have to be in rear-facing carseats. I thought they could front-face when they turned one. Nope. It either changed since my kids were that age, or I was remembering it wrong. Anyway, at first I drew them both facing forward. I had to completely redraw it at this angle so that both the kids’ faces are visible. Glad I caught it before I sent it to the client.

An illustration for page 7 of The Neighborhood's Night by Juliana Catherine.  It's the interior of a car showing two children in the backseat.  There's a toddler sleeping in his carseat and his sister looks sad and worried beside him.  Outside the window, the trees are silhouetted against a red sky.

Safety Book – Interior Image – Page 3, Image 4

Here’s 4 of 4 images for page three of a safety-themed coloring book commissioned by Positive Promotions.  This page is showing four situations where you should call 911.  This one shows a boy who has apparently drank poison.  A bottle of cleaner is spilled on the floor and he’s doubled-over as if his stomach hurts.

Safety Book - Interior Page 3 - Bottom Right

Safety Book – Interior Image – Page 3, Image 2

Here’s 2 of 4 images for page three of a safety-themed coloring book commissioned by Positive Promotions.  This page is showing four situations where you should call 911.  This one shows a crime happening.  Someone’s just snatched that backpack from the woman on the trail.

This illustration was originally supposed to be a purse rather than a backpack, but they switched it to a backpack in the first round of revisions.  For some reason I rather enjoy drawing backpacks.  I always draw them as this leather-bottom Jansport kind like I had when I was in high school.  🙂

Safety Book - Interior Page 3 - Top Right

Safety Book – Cover Image 1

I recently completed another coloring book for Positive Promotions.  This one is about teaching safety to kids.  I think it’s supposed to be handed out by the police and firefighters and such.  It’s about when to call 911, anti-bullying, crossing the street safely, anti-drug… things like that.

The cover has three color images showing different safety situations.  This first one shows a boy calling 911 for a house fire.

Safety Book - Cover Image 1

Final Image – Giant Robot Invasion!

And here is the final version of the piece I’ve been working on!  So much excitement going on here.   You’ve got the rockets blasting off behind, probably an emergency evacuation.  Are the searchlights searching for her, specifically?  You have the abandoned motorcycle, maybe it was hers and it ran out of gas or something?  That would explain the goggles.  Looks like she must have met with an accident on her right side at some point in the past because she’s got a prosthetic arm and leg.  They must be good tech, though, since they don’t seem to be slowing her down any.  Notice the blue light on her arm?  That’s a power indicator.  She still has a full charge.  It’ll turn orange, then red as it runs dead.  At which point she becomes a lefty.  I’m not sure what the earpiece is.  Maybe just communications equipment, maybe a hearing aid of some sort?  It is on her injured side.  What’s in her bag do you think?  Tools for maintaining her prosthetics?  Or the plans to the enemy’s base that she has to deliver into rebel hands?  It doesn’t look like she has any offensive weapons.  Just that energy shield, but I think it’s underpowered to stop that robot hand.  Maybe it will buy her a crucial second to slip out of its grip, though!

Giant Hand
Here’s an Easter egg.  You can’t tell at the resolution above, but this is in the background.  The search light washes it out, but you can see that she’s not the only one running.
Easter Egg

And here’s a behind-the-scenes from way back when I first started this piece.  This little mannequin helped me work out her pose.
model

This piece was a personal project, not one meant for any particular client.  I wanted to add a detailed sci-fi piece in my portfolio, one with a lot of action.  So, that’s the reason for it.  I’ll get it up on the portfolio in a couple of days here. [Edit: It’s up now.]

I had not really intended it to be as involved as it ended up, but the concept demanded certain elements and complex lighting.  Luckily, since I had no real deadline, I was free to take as long as I liked.  It was fun and I really like how it turned out.  :)