Quentin Blake: Inside Stories

National Museum Cardiff

16 July – 20 November 2016

A unique insight into the origins of some of Blake’s most popular creations, including Roald Dahl's The Twits and The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams.

© Quentin Blake/House of Illustration

Quentin Blake is one of the nation's best loved illustrators, having produced artwork for more than 300 books during his extraordinary career. This exhibition brings together first roughs and storyboards – many never shown before – with finished art work, demonstrating how the illustrator's ideas evolve during the creative process.

Blake's designs encompass a wide range of different media including inks, watercolours and pastels; each is particular to the mood of a book and the nature of its characters.

Don't miss

While he may be best known for bringing the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl to life, Blake's illustrations for Michael Rosen's Sad Book are a poignant highlight. Chronicling Rosen's grief following the loss of his son Eddie who died of meningitis aged 18, it is handled with quiet sensitivity by Blake's deft hand.

Venue information

Opening times

Tues – Sun & most Bank Holiday Mondays
10am – 5pm (Galleries close 4.45pm)

Closed 24 – 26 Dec, 1 Jan

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