Thursday, 17 July 2014

Quentin Blake: House of Illustration

If you are in London and you happen to be near Kings Cross in the next few days of weeks, get yourself over to the House of Illustration

Quentin Blake is one of the most famous literary illustrators and I love his work in the Roald Dahl books the most. I hadn't appreciated how much else he had done. 

He has chosen seven books that he has illustrated and takes you on a whistle stop guided tour of how he goes about drawing the different characters. He obviously really has to get to know the plot / characters well before he can start to visualise how he thinks they might look. This is The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams:

I was particularly moved by Michael Rossen's "Sad Book"...

It was a relatively small exhibition but there was lots to look at and take in. I think I only paid £7 so it was worth it. 

A hidden gem that is, in fact, not too hard to find..!

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