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.

Safety Book – Interior Image – Page 5

Here’s an image for page 5 of a safety-themed coloring book commissioned by Positive Promotions.  This shows a scene where a police officer and an EMT have responded to the scene of an accident.  The EMT is checking on a boy who is lying on the ground next to a crashed bike and the officer is interviewing an elderly witness.  An ambulance and police car are parked in the street and there are two apartment towers in the distance.  I imagine the boy lives in one of those towers.

Safety Book - Interior Page 5
In hindsight, I think I may have made the ambulance too narrow.  Hopefully it’s not too apparent.