Serge Spotlight: Quentin Blake – Inside Stories

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Blake has chosen a selection of his projects to dissect in storyboard form, using original drawings, handwritten captions explaining how he created the characters, how he worked with the authors and how the process runs from studio to printing. It’s an age-inclusive, engaging look into the mind of a matchless illustrator.

Beyond method and nostalgia, the final room of the exhibition was a first viewing, for me, of Michael Rosen’s heartbreaking ‘Sad Book’. It underlines the real genius of a man who, with a wash of colour or an apparently spontaneous pen stoke, can capture emotional complexity that speaks to all ages.

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