The Bird King and other sketches

The Bird King and other sketches

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The bird king, the anthropologists, the thing in the bathroom, the paraffin-oil koala…
What do they all have in common?

Nothing! Except that they all inhabit the unique world of  renowned artist, author and illustrator Shaun Tan. Collected in this journal for the first time are his illustrations for stories that never developed, observational studies, preliminary drawings for books, films and theatre, and random doodles from Shaun’s working sketchbooks, Together with commentary by the artist, they offer a special insight into the imagination of one of Australia’s most celebrated storytellers, the internationally acclaimed creator of The Lost Thing, The Red Tree, The Arrival and Tales from Outer Suburbia.

About the author

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 writer in Melbourne.