Quentin Blake Pens, Ink and Places (softcover)
Following the success of ‘Words and Pictures’ and ‘Beyond the Page’, this third volume of Quentin Blake’s artistic memoir continues a narrative of visual adventures of unusual diversity. It ranges from a touching series of vignettes for Great Ormond Street Hospital to gigantic drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings; from the sombre apocalyptic landscapes of ‘Riddley Walker’ to the energetic fantasy of ‘Billy and the Minpins’, and includes interpretations of work by John Ruskin, La Fontaine, Lucius Apuleius and Beatrix Potter.
The accompanying commentary – straight, as it were, from the drawing board – explains the challenges and opportunities in the creation of drawings known around the world, as well as others seen here for the first time. It is clear from every page of this informative and richly illustrated volume that there has been no slackening of brio in the scratchy pen nib of an artist who has been called the ‘Godfather of Illustration’.