Apr 23, 2011
Sergei Prokofiev's brilliant compositions are numerous and varied, but Peter and the Wolf is definitely the most evocative and delightful. I listened to many adaptations of this famous work, including editions read by Sting, David Bowie, and Basil Rathbone. I also watched the 2006 Oscar-winning stop-motion animated film, which inspired me as well.
I wanted to use a visual treatment that evoked folk art and childrens' books, so I worked in a color separation style with a limited palette. Since Peter and the Wolf has such a clear and direct narrative arc, I decided to collaborate with engineer Kris Hom to create a four-image scrolling doodle that covers the entire story of Peter and the Wolf, from Peter's first foray into the forbidden field outside his house, to the eventual parade through the town when the wolf is captured. The scrolling aspect evokes the seamless transition between the different segments of the musical composition. I hope this doodle is as fun to read as it was to make!
posted by Sophia Foster-Dimino