The Round-up

© Quentin Blake – on display at Chris Beetles Gallery in St James London London’s Chris Beetles Gallery is running an exhibition of work by William Heath Robinson and others, opening on 6th March and hosted at West House in Pinner. ‘William Heath Robinson and the Best of Contemporary Illustration’ also features work by Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers, […]

The Round-up

  The big story in cartooning this week unfolded in the US, as a large number of editorial cartoonists took issue with The New York Times for soliciting cartoons on-spec (see No!Spec for useful background on this issue). Aardman Animations, the studio behind Wallace and Gromit, has denied it is unhappy with comparisons between their […]

Blake lets them eat cake

A selling exhibition of Quentin Blake drawings, called Chocolate Fudge Banana Cake and Other Delicacies, opens at the Chris Beetles Gallery in St James’s, London, on Sunday (December 11). Blake will be at the gallery on the opening day and there will be music from the Jelly Rollers and, the organisers promise, a “sweet mountain”. […]

A feast of beasts for Christmas

The Chris Beetles Gallery is hosting a new Quentin Blake exhibition alongside its Illustrators 2010 show. Frabjous Beasts and Frumious Birds opens this Sunday (December 12). Quentin Blake will be at the gallery between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm to meet the public and chat about his work. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Jelly Rollers […]

House of Illustration

Cartoons and illustrations by some of the biggest names in the business are due to go under the hammer next month in support of the House of Illustration. The Sotheby’s auction, to be held on the 16th December, will feature work by Peter Brookes, Gerald Scarfe, Eric Carle (from children’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpiller), Beryl […]

Big Draw sketched out

The Campaign for Drawing has announced details of the launch event for this year’s Big Draw festival, which is called Make Your Mark on the Future. The London launch takes place over the weekend of October 22 and 23 on the South Bank, between London Bridge and Tower Bridge. Highlights will include free cartoon workshops […]

Make Your Mark on the Future: Big Draw 2010

Sue Grayson Ford Director of the Campaign for Drawing launched Big Draw 2010 on Monday. This year – Make Your Mark on the Future – will feature events and activities around the country throughout October. The event also saw the official launch of the website drawandfoldover.com (as mentioned previously) with a special drawing by Posy Simmonds, Steven Appleby, […]

A serious discussion of humour

Quentin Blake mural, King’s College, Cambridge (Pic: King’s College) Cartoonist Andy Davey writes: To the glorious surroundings of Pembroke College, Cambridge, for a learned and earnest discussion of humour in art. The conference featured two keynote addresses: one by Robin Simon, editor of the British Art Journal and author of Hogarth, France and British Art, […]