Sir Quentin Blake on working with James Blake: ‘We have similar ideas about imagination’

Legendary illustrator drew the artwork for Blake's new album 'The Colour In Anything'

Sir Quentin Blake has spoken about drawing the artwork for James Blake‘s new album ‘The Colour In Anything’.

The much-loved illustrator, best known for his work with Roald Dahl, wrote a letter to BBC Radio 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs after she contacted him to ask about his collaboration with the singer-songwriter.

Hobbs then read out the letter live on air. “There was a meeting between us,” Quentin Blake wrote. “I’m sort of a musical illiterate in that although I listen to music, I don’t really know what’s happening. Nevertheless, I can respond to atmosphere and James and I have, I think, some similar ideas about how the imagination works.”

“Of course the landscape which I drew for his music is very different to the one that I did for children,” Quentin Blake continued. “I’m not sure whether it’s James having an effect on the landscape, or the landscape having an effect on him, but it was wonderful for me to draw those dark cloudy vistas and the strange trees inhabited by crowd and young women.”

“I’m not someone who’s eager to produce a likeness but I hope James’ stance and manner is reflected in the silhouette figures that I drew walking through these landscapes,” Quentin Blake added.

“At the time I produced these pictures James had not completed his work on the music and it may just be fanciful but it would be nice to think they had perhaps contributed in some small way to what we eventually hear.”

James Blake released ‘The Colour In Anything’ on May 6. Read the NME review here.