Over forty years ago, Dr. Seuss presented this metaphorical question in a book he had written about a furry little creature who came to speak on behalf of the trees. Seuss saw a changing world where modern progress and rapid growth presented a formidable risk to the future of our planet. And, in typical fashion, he packaged this explosive concern inside a lovable and surreal character — The Lorax. His chubby body, quick wit, and outright concern for the Oncler’s stubborn ambition to make a Thneed that everyone needs, marked him forever as one of the first standard bearers for the environment.
Dr. Seuss’s ability to embolden readers early in their lives with this image of the Thneed and others in the Lorax, together with the notion that “we can (and must) do better than this,” has helped fuel a generation to make a difference no matter what the endeavor or cause. The Lorax has become a champion for many and a mascot to those who continue to tackle the complex issues of our times.
Much has changed since this image was a mere sketch tacked to the famed corkboard walls of Dr. Seuss’s studio. Based upon the extensive popularity of this book (it is one of the top 10 selling Dr. Seuss titles), the Lorax’s simple yet compelling images have gone on to make a profound impact. Perhaps even more remarkable is that Dr. Seuss’s artistic genius—his ability to convey so much with so little in this image—still resonates with the same impact decades after its creation.
THE CREATIVE PROCESS REVEALED
When viewing the Lorax rough drawing alongside Dr. Seuss’s final line drawing, a few important differences appear:
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