Quentin Blake Art Show Will Remind You of the Good Ol’ Days

Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

Do these illustrations remind you of your favorite childhood books and stories, or what? If they look a little familiar but you can’t quite put your finger on it, we will help you jog your memory. It all began in 1975 when Quentin Blake‘s unique illustrations joined forces with late British author, Roald Dahl – the mastermind who brought up unforgettable stories such as James and the Giant PeachCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaand more. Ever since, thousands and even millions of people have been enjoying the books and even movie renditions of these classic novels

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If you think about it, while Dahl was the one who created these iconic characters and tales, Blake was the one who brought them to life. With his pen’s squiggly lines and blotchy bursts of watercolor, it is safe to say that Dahl’s darker humor was perfectly balanced with Blake’s more lighthearted drawings – and it was much needed. There is no doubt that, in this scenario, both illustrator and author will go down in publishing history and stay etched into the minds of their readers of all ages – from the (sometimes) disturbing, the profound, to simply gleeful moments.

Quentin Blake Art Show

The Twits © Quentin Blake, 2010

Because of Blake’s large role in making an impact – and not simply being a “behind-the-scenes” illustrator – a new exhibition at London’s House of Illustration is paying homage to him. With an art show of his very own, Quentin Blake will be featuring both sketches he produced for Roald Dahl as well as those for his own books. The art show, “Quentin Blake: Inside Stories” will even showcase rough drafts and storyboards – all being crucial to his process and life as an illustrator.

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Of his style and significance in the illustration world, the Huffington Post says:

“Gazing upon Blake’s works now, it’s not difficult to see how his faint, chaotic lines drew in the public’s eyes. The characters, scribbled as if the drawr was overjoyed to bring life to them, communicate the complex emotions between delight and sorrow with characteristics as simple as a set of googly eyes and a pair of too-big hands.”

Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Boy in The Dress, © Quentin Blake, 2008

Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Boy in The Dress, © Quentin Blake, 2008 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Boy in The Dress, ©Quentin Blake, 2008 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Twits © Quentin Blake, 2010 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Twits © Quentin Blake, 2010 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Twits © Quentin Blake, 2010 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

Clown © Quentin Blake 1995 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

Characters from Inside Stories, © Quentin Blake, 2014 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

Sad Book, © Quentin Blake, 2004

Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen, © Quentin Blake, 1974 Quentin Blake Art Show Roal Dahl

The Wild Washerwomen, © Quentin Blake, 1979

All images via Huffington Post

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