The Neighborhood’s Night – Page 3

Here’s the first illustration for the book project I just finished for Learning A-Z. Page 3 of The Neighborhood’s Night by Juliana Catherine. Like with all the interior illustrations in this project, this one’s a spot illustration that will be the width of one page without any bleed. The image has a half inch on either side that will likely be cut off, but allows the publisher some room to shift the image left or right or to adjust the size a bit if they like. Like the cover image, the lighting was quite important on this one too. I rather like the swirling smoke.

An illustration for page 3 of The Neighborhood's Night by Juliana Catherine.  The image shows an interior shot of a girl's bedroom.  A worried girl in bed has the covers pulled up to her chin and is looking out the window.  Outside, it is nighttime, but the sky is red and there is smoke swirling around a streetlight;

Project Complete! The Neighborhood’s Night

I just finished illustrating a graded reader from Learning A-Z. The Neighborhood’s Night by Juliana Catherine. It’s about a family who has to evacuate their home due to forest fires near their neighborhood. Here’s a mock-up of the cover. It was work-for-hire, so it’s copyright Learning A-Z.

A mock-up of the cover of the book The Neighborhood's Night by Juliana Catherine Illustrated by Karen B. Jones.  The image includes text over an illustration of people and vehicles on a street during an evacuation due to a nighttime forest fire.

I sure got practice drawing vehicles on this one and the changing perspective along the curve was challenging, but the most important part of this illustration was the lighting. I wanted it bright enough to show what was going on and all the people and such, but still look like it’s actually nighttime. An argument could be made that maybe it should have been more smoky, but the haze would have obscured more of the background details, so I went light on the smoke. This image took longer than all the rest of the images in the book.

The full cover image actually wraps around the back. I’ll share that later.

I’m going to dole out the interior illustrations over the next few days here, so keep an eye out if that interests you.

My Treehouse – Page 9

Here’s page 9 from My Treehouse, a short graded reader I recently illustrated for Learning A-Z.  The girl really has a remarkable view from the deck of her treehouse.  If you look close, you’ll see a road with two bridges.  One over a river and another over railway tracks.  There’s traffic on the road.  The distant fields have trees along the fencelines and there are cows in a field closer in.

Girl looks out at the view from her treehouse balcony

My Treehouse – Cover Spread

Well, I’ve been super busy lately.  When that happens, nothing gets posted on the website at all.  But today I’ve got a bit of a breather while I wait on feedback from a client, so I’m setting up some posts.

I illustrated a short graded reader for Learning A-Z titled My Treehouse.  Here’s the spread for the wrapped cover on that one.  The first page is the same image, but a cropped version showing just the right-hand side of this scene.
Girl walks towards treehouse.