Quentin Blake: How much money artist made drawing for Roald Dahl
Today, December 25, both Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake fans can enjoy the documentary Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life, on BBC Two at 4:10pm. Britons everywhere are able to recognise the English artist’s drawings thanks to his illustrations in Roald’s popular children’s books.
Here, Quentin said he “got a sense of a greater dimension to the character than I had previously. The human side of him”.
The new set of drawings of the BFG were gentler and grandfatherly, which Roald like.
Quentin collaborated with Roald on 10 more books, including Matilda and Esio Trot, before the author died in 1990.
Since then, Quentin has worked on other projects, including the design of the five British Christmas issue postage stamps in 1993.
The artist has illustrated over 300 books, 18 of them written by Roald.
Others include books penned by Joan Aiken, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bowen, William Steig, and Dr. Seuss.
He illustrated the first book Dr. Seuss did not illustrate himself, entitled Great Day for Up!, published in 1974.
More recently, he has illustrated two of actor and comedian David Walliams’ books.
But although Quentin has enjoyed drawing his whole life, he did not at first study art at university.
Born in Sidcup, Kent, in 1932, and later evacuated to the West Country during the Second World War, Quentin read English Literature at the University of Cambridge.
He then received a postgraduate teaching diploma from the University of London’s Institute of Education, and only later studied part-time at the Chelsea School of Art and the Camberwell College of Art.
Quentin taught at the Royal College of Art for over 20 years and was the head of the illustration department from 1978 until 1986.
Today, the 89-year-old lives in west London in a 19th century square with its own private gardens.
He has never married and has no children.
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