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Can I create a 'portable' rainbow in the style of Quentin Blake?

You may have heard of the artist Quentin Blake. He is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's writer. He has illustrated over 300 books, including 18 written by Roald Dahl, which are among his most popular works! During lockdown he has created a series of free rainbow e-cards for people to send to loved ones they cannot currently visit, to show they are thinking of them at this difficult time. What a lovely idea! He says: “It seems like a time when a few straightforward jokes might not come amiss; so that as I know that people have been putting rainbows into their windows to express solidarity, I took the liberty of borrowing them. You will see that I have supposed that they are real and portable, and I hope they are optimistic too."

The images play with rainbows as three-dimensional objects, exploring what you might turn the shape into. In one, a man delivers a rainbow on a trolley, and another uses it as a colourful hairstyle. The images express not only the characters’ delight in the rainbow itself, but everyday pleasures: walking on a breezy day, the bond of affection with a dog, the view from a roof, a treat on the table or a cosy place to read. 

Why not have a go, using inspiration from the artwork below, to design your own idea?! I cannot wait to see them!

 

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