There are very few chances in a ladies’ life that she can sit in a room with her heros and some of her loveliest friends and that day happened for me on Saturday when I got to sit in the audience of Oliver Jeffers and Quentin Blake’s illustration talk at the South Bank Centre. After growing up with the Twits and the BFG (my mother was more than happy to do the accents) I couldn’t help but feel lovingly nostalgic while listening to Blake talk about creating images for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Oliver Jeffers donned a fedora hat while discussing his creative process and showing photos of his stunning Brooklyn studio. The report between the two illustrators was strong and Jeffers told the story of how his wife had commissioned an illustration by Quentin Blake for their wedding and how he had refused any money off the pair, gifting it as a wedding present for a couple.
After the talk I then went on to visit the Tate and bought some stunning new children’s books from the Tate’s shop. My favourite place in the Tate. A terrible admission but they sell some amazing things for illustrators!
It was a big weekend also for another reason, fellow illustrator and amazing friend moved to the big city. She will do brilliantly and really make the most of it, but god, I will bloody miss her!