H. A. Rey’s artwork makes me feel as if I was still a six year old girl reading at my grandmother’s house.
This 1942 illustration for Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys by H. A. Rey is wonderfully drawn. The expressions and context seems so simple, yet it pops off the page as if it were animated. Rey’s artwork truthfully is an expression of the mind of a children’s author.
I find this picture, among others, beautifully made. I love the simple style of Rey’s characters. They’re smiling faces seem to welcome me into their world. I thoroughly enjoyed searching through the digital archives on the USM library website. Seeing the many sketches and full illustrations put a smile on my face.
I’ve always been a fan of art, especially concept art. I enjoy seeing the creative process of an artist. So, pictures such as this are a great way of seeing where an artist starts off. We all know the end result, but it’s enthralling to see the beginning.
I am excited to look into and discuss the early art of H. A. Rey, and I look forward to discovering more about his style and growth in the creative world of children’s books illustrations.