“Peter and the Wolf – An Australian interpretation” is a piece created for the USYD Children’s Book Illustration course, run by Donna Rawlins and Wayne Harris. It included a storyboard development of the classic Prokofiev musical story and two “finished” pieces.
I set the story in Depression-era Australian industrial town on the edges where is merges with the countryside. It seemed to me that a setting like that came the closest to a sense of place that may resonate with the traditional Eastern European setting. Not having wolves in this country, however, I had to engineer a reason for a wolf to appear. In character, it is somewhat inspired by Jeffery Smart’s work.
Peter is found by his grandfather. Peter and the wolf (2006) – Acrylic on watercolour paper. I have always wanted to redo this page as I know Peter’s face is not right….not right at all.
This was my first development of a storyboard and while it was a real challenge it was one I enjoyed immensely.
I had big plans for this concept – it seemed a great opportunity to combine a CD recording of the music (performed perhaps by the Sydney Youth Orchestra) and I was 100% sure I wanted David Wenham to do the narration.