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Could you illustrate a children’s book or an animation?

As part of our Moving Stories exhibition this summer, we’ve been challenging our visitors to see if they could become an illustrator (and our virtual visitors too).

As we seek to explain the journey a storybook takes to become a film at the hands of a bunch of creative people, the exhibition is full of examples of how the written word can inspire imagery. From the evocative prose of Neil Gaiman in Coraline through to the whimsical exploits of Fantastic Mr. Fox in the Roald Dahl story, we show you how writers’ words are transformed into colourfully illustrated new worlds.

And so with Words to Pictures, we’re setting everyone the task of making prose come alive in a drawing. Inspired by just one line of a storybook, could you become an illustrator like Quentin Blake?

To launch Words to Pictures, we asked you to illustrate a line from Alice In Wonderland:

It was the White Rabbit…splendidly dressed, with a pair of white kid gloves in one hand and a large fan in the other.

Here are some of the results – we really were blown away by all your White Rabbits. There’s obviously a lot of creative talent out there.

Thomas, Bingley

Aaran Chauhan, Preston

Chloe, Hong Kong

Anete Matvejeva, Latvia/UK

Seren Robb, Bradford

Anonymous

Every few weeks we change the line and ask you to illustrate a different scene or character. This week we’re looking for your best Gruffalo…

He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black. He has purple prickles all over his back.

Yuk!

Luke, Saltaire

We’ve already started receiving submissions – you can take a look at our favourite drawings in the Words to Pictures gallery.

We’re only halfway through the summer holidays, so if you’re looking for something to keep your kids occupied for at least 30 minutes while you have a breather – give them something to draw (and give it a go yourself).

Moving Stories: Children’s Books from Page to Screen is open until 6 October.

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About Kieron J Casey

I work as a Marketing Executive at the National Media Museum by day and spend my evenings usually engrossed in films or, failing that, books about films.

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