Quentin Blake 'From the studio' exhibition at The House of Illustration

The House of Illustration

The House of Illustration

I was fortunate enough to visit the wonderful new Quentin Blake exhibition at the House of Illustration last week. The exhibition is called ‘From the studio’ and is the first dedicated space to the UK’s most fabulous illustrator. It’s going to be a space that will showcase a variety of his work and one that will be updated with time. I’ve been a huge fan of Quentin’s illustrations through the books I’ve read to my daughter over the years. It was so brilliant to be up close to his originals and look at the details, brush strokes, ink and the types of paper he works on. I hadn’t quite imagined the scale of how his originals would be - I’d imagined them to be much smaller in real life so was surprised. I was also touched to see little bits of tippex being used - (I also use tippex on my originals as I always work on paper too). These human raw touches were such a privilege to see. The exhibition includes some of his recent spreads for forthcoming books, larger scale personal works and drawings.

From The King of the Golden River 1 © Quentin Blake.jpg

If you haven’t yet been to the House of Illustration, (it was my first time) it’s well worth a visit. It’s a wonderful building just around the corner from Kings Cross Station.The building is beautiful, there’s a fabulous gift shop there and the venue always has other great exhibitions on all the time. There are also lots of fabulous cafes and eateries in the location. You can purchase tickets online here.