Preliminary drawing: Michael Rosen looking happy (but sad)
for ‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’
This preliminary drawing was one of several attempts Quentin had to get the work exactly as he wanted it. He said that the picture of Michael "being sad but trying to look happy" is the most difficult drawing he's ever done... "a moving experience."
The original artwork was shown in the exhibition ‘Quentin Blake: Inside Stories’, which toured the UK until late 2017.