Finding a story (Part II): The tale of Peter Rabbit

DA2000 – Final Project.

As stated in the post that precedes this, I did not choose to tell the story of The Paper Menagerie as part of my final project. Rather, I decided on a classic tale that is short and simple: The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

This American literature classic tells the tale of a naughty and greedy rabbit, Peter, who went against the warnings of his mother and enter Mr. McGregor’s garden to have a feast of radishes, lettuce and french beans. Spotted by Mr. McGregor who was out to nab him, Peter ran and hid away in fear. The story had a happy ending in that Peter managed to make a successful escape back home.

The tale of Peter Rabbit personifies animals as its main characters, and is staged in nature – Mr. McGregor’s farm, produce from the farm, a big fir tree as Peter’s home et cetera.

The following are images I took throughout the course of working on this project which could help examine/ visualise the scenes in the tale:

Possible reference for the Fir tree in the story.
Reference for a vast field.
Reference for root of the tree.
Possible reference for the tool shed.
Reference for colour choice.
Possible reference for the doors to Peter’s house.
Possible reference for illustrating the personified rabbits.

Aside from using the photos I took as reference, I searched online for other photo references that would help with the creation of compositions. Some examples include:

Screenshot of Google search: Fir Tree
Screenshot of Google search: Rabbit eating
Screenshot of Google search: Rabbit illustrations
Screenshot of Google search: Peter Rabbit illustrations
Screenshot of Google search: Tool shed

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