Illustrator Shaun Tan Draws Conclusions

Tuesday 21 June 2011

I first saw some of Shaun Tan's work in a Children's Texts class I did at uni several years ago.  His wonderfully illustrated book The Arrival tells the story of a migrant's arrival in a new country and all the bewilderment that entails.  Check it out here.

I have quit Facebook but joined Twitter (and I'll be deleting that bastard too if it takes up too much brainspace - that stuff's precious).  I noticed on Twitter a link to this lovely interview with Mr Tan.  The interviewer speaks in words;  Mr Tan gets to speak in illustrations (a far better type of word, sometimes.  Far more limitless :)

See it here.

Oh, and Happy Solstice.


  1. Ok... now that is unspeakably delightful, Sue. The whole gamut of experience without a word. Thanks:)

  2. that's one creative interview process

    twitter hey?
    perhaps a post on why, how, what benefits does it have, etc etc, for those of us who still think tweeting is something birds should do

  3. very interesting...thanks for the link!

  4. Harry - I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Kel - Hmm, I might wait for a while before I write that post. I might not end up being on it long enough to warrant the post, and I don't know what I'm doing quite yet :)

    Laura - no worries :)


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