House of Illustration exhibition

In today’s trip to the House of Illustration I got more than I bargained for. I have bought a ticket for Quentin Blake’s and John Yeoman’s 50 years of Children’s Books and got a chance to see other exhibitions available at the time. It happened that the other two were as exciting for me as the one I planned to see.

As there was no pictures allowed so I will be using images from the internet.

I understand that people who were born in this country and raised must feel more connection with Quentin’s illustrations however there is something about it that takes me back into childhood. It’s amazing how children book’s illustrations can make people of any age happy. We all have that inner child inside us that some people for some reasons don’t want to show.

What made me giggle is how Quentin talked about dipping his brush in cocoa instead and how many times he drunk the water with paint by accident. As an artist I can relate to that as I have done it plenty of times.

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Lucina Rogers “On Gentrification”

Drawing directly from life, Lucinda Rogers captures intimate details and broad views of cities around the world. In this exhibition she explores the relationship between old and new, focussing on East London’s 200-year-old Ridley Road Market and a new block of luxury flats soon to be unveiled.

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It’s definitely totally different experience to see artist’s work up close rather than on the internet. You can see her sense of proportions and perspective is amazing. There is so much detail on the picture but at the same time it doesn’t look clattered. I admire her ability to able to spend so many hours, up to 8 hours drawing from observation. She said that a lot of people stop to talk to her but her focus still remains untouched. That also makes the experience for her richer as she has people telling her stories about the area making it more personal and letting her connect with it.

Gerald Scarfe

I was excited to find something for myself as much as I admire Quentin and Lucinda this is my type of environment. I have been introduced to the political cartoonist’s amazing volume of work he has produced.

I was really breathtaking to find out that he worked on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. And I mean it. I don’t normally go crazy for people’s work when I don’t feel like it. It makes it even more personal as I have grown up listening to Pink Floyd.

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For those interested as I don’t think my vocabulary is able to summarise his amazing work.

Also you get to see the storyboards, original sketches, costumes, props from Disney’s Hercules and English National Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”.

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Best thing I have learnt about myself that I really do not let my imagination let free. I know my head has some great ideas but I don’t let it out enough…maybe I don’t get enough chance to do? but then what stops me to do it in my free time? I know that when I draw I always fill out all the spaces with colour and draw black lines. I know that has changed a bit and I draw more freely but there is still a log way to go for me to express my ideas effortlessly. I know for sure I need to draw more action and movement.

For more of his work please visit:

http://www.geraldscarfe.com

If you would like to see the exhibition as it’s totally worth it please visit:

http://www.houseofillustration.org.uk

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