Like Norman Rockwell, Theodor Seuss Geisel created every rough sketch, preliminary drawing, and final line drawing for each page of every project he illustrated. Dr. Seuss’s rough drawings provide a deeper glimpse into the creative process and often reveal that elusive middle ground between conception and final execution.
For example, the concept drawing for These Things Are Good Things (The Cat in the Hat 1957), with its multiple coffee ring stains, magically puts you right there in Ted’s studio, watching over his shoulder, as the master works out his landmark story.
Because the Dr. Seuss Archives, housed in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego, are not open to the public, these diptychs offer a unique opportunity to examine early visual designs presented together against the finished book illustration.
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