What do the bird king, the thing in the bathroom and the
paraffin-oil koala have in common? They all inhabit the unique
world of renowned artist, author and illustrator Shaun Tan.
Collected from his working sketchbooks, with commentary by the
artist, these ideas, studies and doodles offer a special insight
into the imagination of this internationally acclaimed storyteller.
The Bird King is a collection of sketches, random jottings,
preliminary designs for book, film and theatre projects, sketchbook
pages and drawings from life. Each of these represent some aspect
of a working process, whereby stories generally evolve from visual
research and free-wheeling doodles. They are also 'unfinished'
pieces created in a single sitting, not originally intended for
publication, and for that reason perhaps more revealing of a
personal style (and particular obsessions) than other more polished