Caterpillar Song - Illustrations for a Dreamy Animation Video

Caterpillar Song Project – Part 1

Why Write a Caterpillar Song?

It’s the end of March, and spring has definitely arrived here in Vancouver, Canada. With each day we break away from our computers and decide to take a quick walk around the block, we see our streets become more and more colourful.

Inspired by all the transformation happening around us, Josh came up with a whimsical, waltzy tune, and we decided it should be a caterpillar song. What better and more beautiful example can you pick to show the wonders of transformation?

The transformation of a caterpillar has long been a favourite motive for many children’s book writers – Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” being one of the most famous ones. It fascinates children and adults alike, maybe because it represents so much more than just a crazy natural phenomenon. It represents our desire for change, freedom, beauty, and miracles! The fact that a chubby, crawling bug turns into a beautiful flying creature can fill us with hope that we, or our life, will turn into something more beautiful as well.

…Well, at least that’s what I was thinking when I wrote these lyrics:

Caterpillar Song

Oh, my friend if you only knew
All the things that we could do
If you and I had wings to fly
High up high

And every day, every night
In my dreams
I turn my eyes to the sky
And I sing

I want to fly
Fly in the sky
I want to fly
High up high

And every day, every night
In my dreams
I turn my eyes to the sky
And I sing

La, la, la…

First Sketches and Story Ideas for the Caterpillar Song

So here are the first sketches for the animation. After trying out different styles, we will probably go with a similar style like the one we used in the Weather Song.

What do you think of these sketches? If you have any ideas or comments, please do not hesitate to write them below in the comments section!

scene 1 draft2

caterpillar scene 1

caterpillar scene 2

circus

caterpillar whimsical2

This caterpillar is cute, too!

 

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