Quentin was once asked about when he started drawing and he replied: ‘Probably at about the age of 5. I remember a visitor during the war saying, "He draws a lot, but he won't speak”. (from quentinblake.com)
He started working with Roald Dahl in the 1970s and in 1978 they published their first book together, The Enormous Crocodile. Their partnership continued until Dahl’s death in 1990.
Although, they had a similar sense of humour, Quentin is reported to have told Roald Dahl that he thought the poems in ‘Revolting Rhymes’ were too rude!!!
In the book ‘Matilda’, as in all the books, the characters are drawn to show how the reader is supposed to feel about them. The villains are ugly and nasty-looking, while the heroes are silly or sweet-looking.