Things are crazy and I don't have much time to post right now. So here's a couple of scans of Bill Peet boards that I xeroxed directly from the originals - Vance Gerry owned them and he was nice enough to bring them to work and let me color copy them.
This was a Christmas card that the Peets sent out one year.
Vance had this one framed - I xeroxed it, frame and all.
Bill's simplicity adds to the power of the drawings. Many artists are afraid of simplicity because it can expose all of your weaknesses.
Most board artists concern themselves only with putting over the action and the attitudes - they are content to put over what is happening. Bill could convey all that and suggest the mood as well - a difficult thing to do.
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