The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun TanThe Bird King: An Artist's Notebook by Shaun Tan

The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook

byShaun Tan

Hardcover | February 1, 2013

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A new book of sketches, artwork, and personal reflection from the brilliant mind of award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator Shaun Tan.

"I'm often wary of using the word 'inspiration' to introduce my work - it sounds too much like a sun shower from the heavens, absorbed by a passive individual enjoying an especially receptive moment. While that may be the case on rare occasions, the reality is usually far more prosaic. Staring at a blank piece of paper, I can't think of anything original. I feel utterly uninspired and unreceptive. It's the familiar malaise of 'artist's block' and in such circumstances there is only one thing to do: just start drawing." -Shaun Tan

And when Shaun Tan starts drawing, the results are stunning. In The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook, we find a window into the creative process: the stops and starts, the ideas that never took off, and the ones that grew into something much bigger. Fans of The Arrival will recognize the quirky, surreal sensibility that is so distinctly Shaun Tan in this stunning collection, and gain insight into how his many gorgeous books were made.

SHAUN TAN is the author and illustrator of the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel The Arrival, and also Tales From Suburbia, a collection of illustrated short stories. Both books were named to the New York Times list of Best Illustrated Children's Books. He won an Oscar for his short film "The Lost Thing" based on a story in the ...
Title:The Bird King: An Artist's NotebookFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.58 × 6.39 × 0.68 inPublished:February 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545465133

ISBN - 13:9780545465137



Rated 4 out of 5 by from Artistic Beautiful and imaginative. The works of a true artist. A must if you are a fan of Shaun Tan.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perfect for the budding illustrator or fan of Shaun Tan Jake's Review: The pictures are really unusual and the guy is seriously talented. But I am thinking this book is more for adults or kids who really, really want to become an illustrator or artist. It was neat to look through but not something I would keep. Jake's Rating: 5/10 Mom's Review: Shaun Tan is a wonderful creative man with a truly outrageous imagination. His work is whimsical, fun, dreamlike and almost haunting at times. A truly fascinating look into the mind and process of an artist. I definitely agree with Jake on one thing though, this one isn't for your average kid. If you have a budding artist on your hand though or just a huge fan of Tan, this one is for you. Mom's Rating: 8/10 We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2013-04-02

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Bird King*"Unmistakable are his flawless craftsmanship, his organically industrial yet timeless aesthetic, and his lyrically haunting style and tone . . . an invaluable resource for burgeoning visual storytellers . . . [and] a powerful springboard for the imagination." -Booklist, starred review*"The sharing of unfinished work is a generous gesture, and the collection is a treasure trove for any young artist who wants to know more about how ideas are captured on paper." -Publishers Weekly, starred review"Rewarding territory to explore not just for budding artists or writers, but for daydreamers in general." -Kirkus