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Shaun Tan - Illustrator

Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the “good drawer” which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. 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 author, concentrating mostly on writing and illustrating picture books.

Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since then he has received numerous awards for his picture books, including the CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Picture Book of the Year Award for The Rabbits with John Marsden. In 2001 Shaun was named Best Artist at the World Fantasy Awards in Montreal. He has recently worked for Blue Sky Studios and Pixar, providing concept artwork for forthcoming films. He has worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for animated films including Pixar's WALL-E and directed the Academy Award-winning short film, The Lost Thing in 2011. In the same year, Tan received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children's literature.

Shaun Tan on himself and Eric:

"Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail," says Shaun Tan.  (interview with Guardian Online, 2009)

“A recurring theme in my sketchbook are characters carrying a suitcase. I’m not sure why. Sometimes it arises because I’ve drawn a character and they look silly standing there without anything in their hands, so I’ll often add a suitcase or a box. This constantly suggested a story.   The story ‘Eric’ in Tales from Outer Suburbia was suggested by a similar drawing of a little character with a pointy head and the word Eric written underneath.

I do rarely give names. 'Eric' is an exception, but even then the name is a substitute for something we can’t hear or pronounce properly, so we never know his real name.”   (interview with Write Away, 2009)

Illustrator's Website: https://www.shauntan.net/

Books Illustrated By Shaun Tan

Creature

Shaun Tan

Hardback

In Stock

£22.50 £25.00

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

Paperback

In Stock

£15.29 £16.99

Dog

Shaun Tan

Hardback

Not Available

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

Hardback

In Stock

£22.50 £25.00

Pictura Prints: Metropolis

Shaun Tan

Paperback

Not Available

The Viewer

Gary Crew

Paperback

In Stock

£8.99 £9.99

The Red Tree

Shaun Tan

Paperback

In Stock

£11.69 £12.99

The Lost Thing

Shaun Tan

Paperback

In Stock

£9.89 £10.99

Rules of Summer

Shaun Tan

Hardback

Not Available