Sunday, 4 October 2009

Exciting projects (plural) ... & Meeting Quentin Blake!


Well I've had a lot going on over the last few days work wise and so, for the best of reasons my Jabberwock will stay sketchbook bound for a little while yet. The exciting news is that things are about to start on a real life actual book illustration project. I'm going to be providing 15 black & white illustrations, plus a colour cover, for an anthology of humorous poetry, which will be published next year if all goes to plan. I won't go into details yet but I'll try and post if I can as things develop. But wait, there is hopefully more news... of course I cannot go into specifics on this as yet (wouldn't want to jinx things) but I've also been contacted by a well known client who have very kindly asked me to submit a trial spread for a book they are thinking of publishing using one of their very well known characters... Not only that but they are happy for me to handle their character in my own style, very exciting! I realise I've basically revealed nothing at all in this post but I'm really fired up by both these projects and hope to share things on the blog if allowed/ ASAP!

And to top off all the good news I also met Quentin Blake at a Roald Dahl Day event at the National Theatre yesterday and got him to sign my copy of his autobiography "Words & Pictures" ( it's very hard to pick up a copy these days but I highly recommend it for the wealth of professional knowledge he shares...and the amazing pictures too of course!). Like everyone of my generation I've been a fan of Quentin Blake ever since I first picked up a Roald Dahl book. In fact I clearly recall having the Enormous Crocodile read to me as a kid and seeing Blake's illustration of the spinning toothy croc being flung into the sun! There were soooo many people queued up to see the national treasure that, of course, I only grabbed a minute with him, but I managed to ask for his professional advice (he finds that 'work he felt was right on one day can always stand revisiting the next' and also to 'just keep at it'...) and he was good enough to accept a little Toucan sketch I'd done for him (the beak is so long as it was concertina folded into three). They say you shouldn't meet your idols but he was really approachable and just the same in person as he comes across in his books and on TV.

On a related note all with an interest in illustration should consider supporting Quentin Blake's House of Illustration charity which plans to create a London based museum and centre (scheduled for 2011) to champion British & international illustration as the art form it rightly is. Quentin Blake has pledged his entire professional body of work to the collection to kick things off and I for one will be there on opening day! Follow the link - http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk/

I hope everyone who pops by this blog will forgive me for not blogging properly of late. I've really gotten out of that blogging habit but I hope to share project work and comment on the fabulous work of other's when I settle back into my usual habits. No excuses, just must try harder!

15 comments:

costanza said...

I agree with you!
you know, I dream to meet quentin blake! i have a lot of books with his illustrations...
sorry, but my english is not very nice!
ciao.

sonoio said...

juaaaaaaaaaaaaa
me encantó el tucán!!!

muy bueno!

saludos

Abz said...

Very fun simple illustration. :) Keep postin!

ArtSparker said...

Wonderful news...Wow, great to go into the winter with projects to work on. Congratulations on meeting Quentin Blake, the toucan is wonderful.

incukc said...

que buena ilustracion
tienes un don para darle vida a las formas...

Jacqueline Hudon-Verrelli said...

I'm so jealous. I adore Mr. Blake. Congratulations on the book(s). I love to see people having success in that area. I look forward to seeing your process if/when you're allowed.

Jacqueline

Amy C said...

whaoo Matt this is all totally exciting and totally wonderful, I will be patient but I can't wait to see and hear what you are working on.
I LOVE Quentin Blake and I am so jealous you got to meet him, that's so cool you gave him that awesome toucan I bet he was really touched.
I never heard of Words and Pictures, I hope I can get my greasy mitts on a copy one day sounds great.

Kevin Levell said...

Very exciting news.

Meeting heros is kind of weird when you realize that they're just people like you - but gratifying when you can talk to them on the basis of equals.

Kelly Shon said...

Congrats! Everything that happening sounds so exciting!
Please keep posting :)

fashion fucsia said...

Hi Matt!
Congrats for these wonderful news!
(I love your tucan)
^_^

June said...

I love that toucan image you did for Quentin. And I can appreciate how meeting him made you feel so good.

Eric Barclay said...

Great bird and great news -- Congratulations!

Alina Chau said...

Love the bird!! COngrat!

Francisco Martins said...

Hi Matt,
Great blog man, you have awesome stuff here!

Francisco Martins

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