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“Sometimes people think drawing and painting is mucking about when actually it is..."

“Sometimes people think drawing and painting is mucking about when actually it is a highly skilled activity.”

- Quentin Blake, British, English, UK, illustrator, drawing, writer, author (illustration by Quentin Blake)


The relationship between illustration and text. Plus guinea pigs!

This semester, I decided to take a class called Writing for Illustrated Text. It wasn’t designed for illustrators, or people with an eye (and hand) for drawing. 429 more words

Get Leakey

It’s not often that I see my dad avidly reading a children’s book. He usually prefers something with a bit more espionage, or physics. But I came home recently to find him leafing through my copy of J.B.S Haldane’s… 671 more words


What A Lot Of Hairy-Faced Men There Are Around Nowadays...

‘A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’ Roald Dahl, The Twits. 244 more words

Children's Books

Bring it on, October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Oh October. That blessed time when we celebrate and give thanks, dress up in costumes, don our woollies, play in the leaves, cradle cups of hot tea to keep hands warm–and curl up with a good book.

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"I loved him very, very much, but he died anyway" - The Human Nature of Rosen and Blake

I had a speedy half day of illustration museums. First, to The Cartoon Museum, an expertly curated small space that struts from Hogarth to Steadman via Heath Robinson and Donald McGill on this occasion, the exhibits change with reasonable frequency. 693 more words

Review - Quentin Blake: Inside Stories at House of Illustration

Confession time: I love Quentin Blake. I wouldn’t dare try imagine my favourite Roald Dahl books without him. One of the joys of parenthood has been sharing the stories I loved as a child with my own daughter. 1,425 more words