Cartoon by Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake is a British cartoonist and illustrator, best-known for his illustrations for several Roald Dahl books. Born in Sidcup, Kent, he published his first drawings in the satirical magazine Punch at age 16. He studied English Literature in Cambridge, and later attended the Chelsea School of Art and Camberwell College of Art. He was an English teacher with the Lycée Français de Londres during the 1960s, and he also taught at the Royal College of Art until the 1980s. During the 1950s and 1960s, he regularly contributed artwork to Punch magazine, varying from color drawings for the cover, headers for regular columns such as 'City and Country' and 'Criticism', drawings for theatre reviews, and his own jokes and cartoons.


Waldo and Wanda from Dutch children's magazine Taptoe #29, 1982

He has mostly gained recognition for his humorous illustrations for children's books. Besides illustrating 18 Roald Dahl works, he has illustrated books by Joan Aiken, Elizabeth Bowen, Nils-Olof Franzén, William Steig, Dr. Seuss, John Yeoman and David Walliams. He also illustrated the British editions of 'Agaton Sax', a Swedish series of humorous detective novels by Nils-Olof Franzén, and he has written over 30 children's books himself. For Cricket magazine, Blake illustrated the section of 'Waldo and Wanda' by John Yeoman in the early 1980s. It was a comic strip in which the main characters give practical tips, which always end in disaster. The episodes were collected in the book 'Crash! The Waldo and Wanda Book of Practical Hints'.

Blake was additionally involved in the BBC children's story-telling programme 'Jackanory', and is the designer of the logo of Ben's Cookies and the 1993 British Christmas issue postage stamps. Quentin Blake was named Knight in the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2002, and Officer in the same order in 2007. He was knighted by the British queen in 2013.

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