Dahl & Blake

The Twits (1980) by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Sir Quentin Blake.

Sir Quentin Blake's illustrations have become part and parcel of all things Roald Dahl. His distinct style has become iconic of the Roald Dahl identity and accompanying mythos, enhancing the author's wild narration with a spontaneous use of line that could capture both beauty and the grotesque. But it was above all in the ability of Blake's illustrations to carry humour, that allowed for this quirky, idiosyncratic partnership to occur between illustrator and author. Dahl's books often carry a heavy visual load, and here Blake proves to be a true master in that even his monochromatic drawings carry a similar energy and weight as Dahl's text. Here then, Blake's illustrations, though born of Dahl's written text, also becomes something in its own right, contributing to the overall reading experience of what constitutes a Roald Dahl story. For Blake, the use of line was where the message resides. Through the internalisation of Dahl's texts, he would hunt for spontaneity when it came to capturing the subjects of Dahl's stories, making them his own.

See here for an interesting take on Roald Dahl, the author, by BBC's Hephzibah Anderson. 

Or here for a more indepth take on the relationship between Sir Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl's partnership as author and illustrator. 

The Witches by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

The Twits, by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

The BFG, by Roald Dahl, illustration by Sir Quentin Blake. 

Sir Quentin Blake.