The Bird King

The Bird King

An Artist's Notebook

Book - 2013
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"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.
Publisher: New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, 2013, c2010
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780545465137
Branch Call Number: J 741 .64 TAN
Characteristics: 123 p. :,chiefly ill. (some color) ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tan, Shaun


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Nov 24, 2016

What comes before the final product? An enjoyable behind the scenes peek at Shaun Tan's work - sketches, doodles, and other bits from his notebooks.

Jun 20, 2016

Sadly, my doodles are usually better than my paintings.

In this book, Tan shows that doodling can be real art. The sketches in this notebook are like a first draft of Tan's amazing imagination.

The book also has fully developed drawings but no narrative. Even so, he creates a kind of cohesive alternative world.

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