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. InThe 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 ofThe Arrivalwill 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.
A new book of sketches, artwork, and personal reflection from the brilliant mind of award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator Shaun Tan.
Praise forThe Bird King: An Artist's Notebook
* The sharing of unfinished work is a generous gesture, and the collection isa treasure trovefor any young artist who wants to know more about how ideas are captured on paper. --Publishers Weekly, starred review
* Unmistakable are hisflawless craftsmanship, his organically industrial yet timeless aesthetic, and his lyrically haunting style and tone...A powerful springboard for the imagination. --Booklist, starred review
Praise forThe Arrival
ANew York TimesBest Illustrated Book
An ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens
APublishers WeeklyBest Book
Mesmerizing... Suchvisual eloquencecan only motivate readers to seek out any future graphic novels l1