Bulb & Wingnut
Illustrations are for Shaun the main 'texts' in his books. It is a powerful way of expressing of feeling as well as ideas, partly because it is outside of verbal language, emotions can be hard to articulate in words. Words have a remarkable magnetic pull on our attention, and how we interpret images: in their absence, an image can often have more conceptual space around it, and invite a more lingering attention from a reader who might otherwise reach for the nearest convenient caption, and let that rule their imagination
Shaun Tan’s Illustrative books at least at first, seem like dark children’s fantasy, but are often aimed at both younger and older readers and are recognised as ‘highly imaginative’, ‘strikingly and original ’What is original is not the ideas themselves, not an illustration of the text, but something to react with it symbiotically.
The Arrival, a book which deals with the theme of migrant experience is a wordless graphic novel. The absence of any written description also plants the reader firmly in the shoes of an immigrant character. There is no guidance as to how the images might be interpreted, and the reader must search for meaning and seek familiarity in a world where such things are either scarce or concealed.
The Red Tree, which deal with subjects such as whimsy, depression and loneliness,
The Red Tree The Lost Thing
The Rabbits, written by John Marsden, It was named Picture Book of the Year by the Children’s Book Council,, and perhaps his most widely circulated and discussed book.
It’s a story we should all be familiar with as an historical narrative, the European invasion of
Tan’s books have been translated into multiple languages and have received book awards in several countries. Tan is also involved in other interesting projects, including murals, theatre productions and a children’s “
painting by Jeffery Smart The Lost Thing
There are hundreds of artist in the field of the” arts” that influences Shaun but I’ve noticed in particular in The Lost Thing, his parodies of famous paintings by artist like Edward Hopper and Jeffery Smart.