We met by the local middle-school, where the pink cherry trees were just dropping their pedals. I had this idea that her ‘mutated blood cells‘ would blend with the graduation-springtime cherry blossoms, whirling around Kate as her ‘mutant power‘ manifested. The bright orange chemo-bag serves as the dangerous reality check, suppressing her abilities. The orange contrasting with the blue patient pants and jacket. I scanned actual hospital gowns and scrubs for her clothes. I climbed up on the fence and took some reference shots down through the cherry tree branches. I layered these ideas together, then I had to imagine her ten years younger and without her hair!
It was a powerful, and emotionally rewarding assignment, although I never heard much feedback on it. It proves to me that when an illustrations does it’s job, and serves the greater story, nobody notices it at all.