Hey, house it going?
“Hey, house it going?” is my interpretation of the quirky, lively and artistic environment of the North End. After living in the North End for several years, I have come to know the neighbourhood intimately. In contrast to other parts of the city, I found it carries a very distinct flavour that I can only represent through illustration. To emphasize quirkiness, humanoid-house people populate the piece engaged in various activities. That ranges from eating a delicious donut to playing a saxophone solo. Aside from this, the house people serve another purpose. That is to allow the viewers to identify with them based on the personality they are expressing rather than a physical likeness. To capture the liveliness of the neighbourhood, I implemented a bright saturated colour palette.
The setting of the piece takes place during the daytime, outdoors, next to a mural. At the top, a pink house and a green house are painting the mural featured in the background. The green house is attached to a harness for support, whereas the pink house is flying with their yellow rocket-powered boots. Both houses are wearing white shirts and jeans. The art in the mural features an outer space background decorated with multicoloured stars and a giant red hand located at the top right corner holding a string. On the bottom, there are three houses next to one another. The very left house is red, wearing a white button-up shirt consuming a vanilla doughnut with green frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The eyes are heart-shaped windows, and the mouth is a blank and dark blue. It is prepared to consume the doughnut. The one in the middle, and a little off to the distance, is a dark blue house wearing a tangerine-coloured long sleeve, army green pants, carrying a purple backpack stuffed with bread. It has an orange door for a mouth, its eyes are asymmetrical windows, and it has heart-shaped clouds exiting its chimney. At the very right is a light blue house, wearing a fluffy bubblegum pink sweater and playing the saxophone.