In brief, Dorne started life at the bottom, further burdened by ill health. Nevertheless, he was driven to succeed, a task made easier by his ability to draw.
Dorne had the capability to be versatile, and was so at times when that was called for. Still, it seems to me that what he really liked to illustrate were scenes featuring crowds of people or, failing that, a detailed setting. To accomplish this, he made many preliminary studies, the final one being as detailed as the finished illustration but usually lacking color. He was hugely productive in terms of completed assignments, yet found the time and energy to do all this preparatory work. I find it astonishing that he could manage that while being involved with other projects such as the Famous Artists School.
Another characteristic of Dorne's illustration is his tendency to exaggerate body poses and gestures, something in the spirit of Thomas Hart Benton. I will deal with another of his stylistic traits below in the Gallery section.
For a reason I can't define, I'm not generally fond of Dorne's illustrations even though I greatly respect his talent and productivity.
Big crowd here. Note the V composition motif that helps holds the image together.
Now for some exaggerated poses in the form of craning necks.
The crowd lurks around the edges here.
Lots of detail plus a crowd of kids in the dining room.
Observe that the gentlemen at the left and right have very short legs. Ideally, a person's crotch is about one half of a person's height, though of course people deviate from this measure. For some reason, Dorne's casts of characters have legs that almost always range from normal (as just defined) to shorter than that. Sometimes, a lot shorter, as seen here.
The shorter corporals (why so many corporals? was that in the book?) have short legs, which is how things tend to be in reality.
Perhaps for reasons of composition, Dorne drew a number of people here with noticeably short legs. Examples include the woman in the red skirt, the policeman, and the soldier towards the left side of the image.