During the month of May I paid a visit to my local Museum and Art Gallery. I like to go at least once a year however there was a reason for this visit. There was a mini exhibition of Quentin Blake illustrations for Roald Dahl’s story The BFG.
There was a notice on the wall asking visitors not to take any photo’s of the illustrations so I just took a photo of the notice for the exhibition.
As much as I enjoy gazing at the illustrations in the books, nothing can really compare to actually viewing the original illustrations. I love actually seeing the marks on the paper made by the artist.
The exhibition showed the evolution of Quentin Blake’s drawings of The BFG and I was thrilled to see that included in the show was the illustration from Danny the Champion of the World. In Danny the Champion of the world is the first mention of The BFG. Danny’s dad uses it as a bedtime story for his son.
There are a few exhibitions of Blake’s work on at the moment – The Herbert Gallery, Coventry and Walsall New Art Gallery both have exhibitions of Blake’s work currently on show. I was hoping to get to one of them during this month however I don’t think it is going to be possible but I will try and if I make it I will let you know.