Are you interested in book illustration?

The TwitsIf so, you may be interested in The House of Illustration which recently opened to the public.

Situated near London’s King’s Cross, it’s described as the world’s first public gallery and education space dedicated to illustration. It aims to feature many forms of drawing such as political cartoons, advertisements, scientific drawings and fashion designs.

Its inaugural exhibition, Inside Stories, celebrates Quentin Blake, including his work on Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny, the Champion of the World. Other books featured in the show are The Boy in The Dress by David Walliams and Michael Rosen’s Sad Book.

 In partnership with The Folio Society, House of Illustration also hold The Book Illustration Competition. The annual international competition is open to illustrators aged 18+, both student and professional, with the winner receiving a prestigious Folio Society commission. Previous books featured in the competition include Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter, and The Outsider by Albert Camus.

This year’s book was Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

The 2014 winner will be announced in September this year.  View the longlist  here.