March 9, 2009 11:35 AM   Subscribe

"Quentin Blake doesn't need a website. But Quentin Blake has a website."

Check him out in Action, and a little collection of valentine's massacres, via Jilian Tamaki (who is also v. good) & previously.
posted by doobiedoo (16 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Oooops, it's Jillian Tamaki.
posted by doobiedoo at 11:38 AM on March 9, 2009

He has a name? I just thought it was the magical words of Roald Dahl generated their own drawings.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:40 AM on March 9, 2009

He's still alive? Wow.
posted by DU at 11:46 AM on March 9, 2009

I'm also surprised and delighted that he's alive - it's as though you posted a link to the website of John Tenniel!
posted by moxiedoll at 11:53 AM on March 9, 2009

The videos are great. He's just as loose and carefree about his drawings as I've always imagined (i.e. way more than I could possibly stand to be for a Serious Work).
posted by DU at 11:54 AM on March 9, 2009

A legend. I've never seen an illustrator get so much expression from such little squiggles. Amazing to see him work.
posted by fire&wings at 11:58 AM on March 9, 2009

Wow, that website is amazing: it's like a conduit back to my childhood reading Roald Dahl.

I can't honestly say that I enjoyed elementary school, but I do fondly remember Grade Two with Mr. Doug Durrance, one of two teachers (the other was Jim O'Connall) who made a genuine difference.

Mr. Durrance read to us each day in Grade Two. He read to us "The Hobbit", plus anything and everything by Roald Dahl, including "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More".

Those Quentin Blake squiggles are a totem of my childhood.
posted by KokuRyu at 12:10 PM on March 9, 2009

Not just Roald Dahl, but also J.P. Martin.
posted by idb at 12:23 PM on March 9, 2009

Another one of my personal favorites from when I was a kid, Hilary Knight, is likewise still alive -- what a charming and delightful man he is in person, as well.
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 12:30 PM on March 9, 2009

I love the Captain Najork books. And I desperately want a jam-powered frog.
posted by hamfisted at 12:38 PM on March 9, 2009

Hoban ftw.


Thanks so much, doobiedo.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:45 PM on March 9, 2009

If you are awed at his persistence in living among us on Earth, please note his plural and affectionate mentions of a diet fortunately ornamented with shellfish.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:24 PM on March 9, 2009

Man, the sound of steel quill on nice paper is magical. The videos of him in action are quite wonderful -- can anyone ID what sort of palette setup he's got?
posted by Ogre Lawless at 2:43 PM on March 9, 2009

yay quentin blake!

-- can anyone ID what sort of palette setup he's got?
are you talking about the watercolors? they look like half-pan professional watercolors (about the consistency of clay, sold in small plastic or metal pans, singly or in sets) that he's glued to a board and cleverly titled so you can tell what they are (all the dark colors look sort of blackish until you get 'em wet and brush em on)
posted by sexyrobot at 3:16 PM on March 9, 2009

(half-pan is just the size...they might be full-pan...quarter-pan is pretty small...)
posted by sexyrobot at 3:17 PM on March 9, 2009

As a kid, I adored The Rain Door. I still think of the scrap dinosaur whenever I'm building robots and whatnot.

hamfisted: I want a jam-powered frog, too!!

I love love love Quentin Blake, and I'm glad he's still around.
posted by Xere at 7:11 PM on March 9, 2009

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