The Only Way To Travel
“The Only Way to Travel” is the title of a Quentin Blake exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. The following article is part of an interview given to Newspaper Club, who produced the catalogue for us.
“The newspaper was Quentin’s idea really. He was keen to do something big and fast (which most printed publishing isn’t) to reflect how the drawings in the show were made. Traditional book illustration is actually quite a controlled environment – the drawings can be as anarchic as you like but the book formats are pretty much the same, and it takes a long time. In this case Quentin was producing large works, often by simply taping up huge sheets of paper to his studio wall (enough to mildly panic me and give his archivist a conniption) making a big drawing and having his friend Linda take a photo of it. Either that or putting the sheet on the floor and dribbling ink directly from a big bottle, or attacking the paper with a roller.
It turned out to our advantage – the drawings were too big to scan anyway, Linda’s photos were great and it all came together.
I realise now that the show title is ironic; that there are lots of ways to travel. It was a lesson for us in how not to be uptight.”