The Bird King

The Bird King

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What do the bird king, the thing in the bathroom and the paraffin-oil koala have in common? They all inhabit the unique world of renowned artist, author and illustrator Shaun Tan. Collected from his working sketchbooks, with commentary by the artist, these ideas, studies and doodles offer a special insight into the imagination of this internationally acclaimed storyteller. The Bird King is a collection of sketches, random jottings, preliminary designs for book, film and theatre projects, sketchbook pages and drawings from life. Each of these represent some aspect of a working process, whereby stories generally evolve from visual research and free-wheeling doodles. They are also 'unfinished' pieces created in a single sitting, not originally intended for publication, and for that reason perhaps more revealing of a personal style (and particular obsessions) than other more polished artwork.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 128 pages
  • 158 x 214 x 20mm | 439.98g
  • Templar Publishing
  • Surrey, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 1848770502
  • 9781848770508
  • 12,050

Review quote

Shaun Tan has reinvented the picture book by creating spectacular pictorial narratives with a constant human presence. He uses a variety of means of artistic expression: lead pencil, Indian ink, colored pencil, painting and various print techniques. Shaun Tan sees every book as an experiment in visual and verbal storytelling Bonnier News 'A beautifully produced and thought provoking revealing book. A keen and wonderful insight into the electic mind of one of our most exceptional visual storytellers.' Carousel

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About Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne. Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing, and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival

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