Quentin Blake’s birthday is celebrated by illustrators with the drawing of 90 candles

The life of Sir Quentin Blake will be celebrated by fellow illustrators on Friday with 90 candle drawings.

uentin Blake Illustration Center invited 90 illustrators each to create images for the illustrator’s birthday.


A painting by Axel Scheffler to celebrate Sir Quentin’s Blake’s 90th birthday. (Axel Scheffler/Quentin Blake Illustration Center)

Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, author of the Charlie And Lola and Lauren Child picture books, and political cartoonist Chris Riddell, co-author of The Edge Chronicles, contributed to the project.

Sir Quentin, known for his long collaboration with children’s author Roald Dahl, said: “Today we have an amazing diversity of illustrators working in the UK, brings us great joy in a language we can all understand.

“I’m happy and proud to be among them and to be part of a national center that celebrates what they do.”

He also donated 140 new works, created in his 90th year, to an auction at Bonhams to raise funds for the illustration center.

Quentin Blake Illustration Center director Lindsey Glen said: “We are delighted that so many illustrators have come together to celebrate his 90th birthday while also raising important funds to complete it. project, in addition to new works Quentin had donated for auction.

“The original meaning of ‘illustrate’ was ‘shine’. These 90 candles light up the vibrancy and immediacy of illustration today – the art we find in picture books, comics and graphic novels, reportage and editorials, food and fashion, and so many other areas of our lives.”


A painting by Lauren Child to celebrate Sir Quentin’s Blake’s 90th birthday. (Lauren Child/Quentin Blake Illustration Center)

The auction of Sir Quentin’s work at Bonhams will end at 12pm on Friday 16 December and a collection can be viewed at New Bond Street, London.

The candles will be displayed at qbcentre.org.uk and prints are being sold online at 90candle.org.uk to raise funds for the center.

The Quentin Blake Illustration Center will open in 2024 at New River Head in Clerkenwell, London.

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