The Shadow of the Wind


Production design/concept art for a scene in 1940s Barcelona

This project was completed as part of a professional development course at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The Shadow of the Wind is a bestselling novel by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafón. The story is set in Barcelona, 1945. I chose to design the look of the bookshop where the protagonist and his father live and work. After researching late 19th- and early 20th-century Spanish architecture and bookstores from the time period, I set about making rough sketches and an open, two-story layout with a very high bookshelf behind the counter. I drafted a floor plan and elevation in AutoCAD as I began perspective drawings. In the novel, this bookstore has been passed down through the protagonist’s family and the setting is postwar. I imagined the it as a space that has been repurposed and reorganised multiple times over the years, resulting in imperfections such as the counter running awkwardly parallel to a window.

I put together a palette of dark, dusty brownish-red and dark blues and greens for the bookstore, complimented by golden tones to match the sky. Because of the novel’s dark tones and style, I pictured a fictional Barcelona where it was never really morning or afternoon; only nighttime or a golden-red sunset.

My final drawings by the end of the course were a view of the southeast corner, shown in both daytime and night.