Tressa from Wishful Endings hosts this meme every Friday. I use the meme to highlight some of my favorite illustrators.
Today I’m featuring Quentin Blake!
Quentin Blake’s Work:
Is it even possible to not love Quentin Blake’s illustrations? I don’t think so. They are so much fun! If you are wondering why they look so familiar, it’s because Quentin Blake illustrated all of Roald Dahl’s books. His art works really well with children’s books, especially Roald Dahl’s wacky stories. If you find yourself curious about Quentin Blake and want to see his process or more of his art, check out his website.
About Quentin Blake:
Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember.
He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, followed by National Service. Then he studied
English at Downing College, Cambridge, going on to do a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.
His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children’s books. In 2004 Quentin Blake was awarded the ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Government for services to literature and in 2007 he was made Officier in the same order. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children’s Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children’s literature. His book Laureate’s Progress (2002) recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005, is an RDI and has numerous honorary degrees from universities throughout the UK. He received a knighthood for ‘services to illustration’ in the New Year’s Honours for 2013.