Sunday, January 30, 2011

For the Juniors

It's bright, it's early, it's Monday, it's time for our first theme! With our new approach in its infancy, it seemed only appropriate to start off with "Picture Books and Illustrations" (enjoyable for children of ages 1 - 100).

I have been looking forward to sharing my love of Shaun Tan's work for some time now, and finally the day has arrived. An illustrator from Melbourne, Tan's work covers illustration and painting across a diverse range of projects including books, animations, murals and theatre. At present I particularly love the softness and gentle intensity of the drawings in his book 'The Arrival'
('The Flock' from The Arrival, from

There are also some essays Tan has written on his ideas about the creative process - these were a new discovery so I'm off to have a cup of tea and read this one on originality and creativity first.

I hope you will love and be as inspired by his work as I am - here are a few more images to entice you further (all from

"'He was saying the same sentence over and over, ending with "tasoo-ke-te, tasoo ke-te" from tales of Outer Suburbia

"A parrafin-oil powered koala" from The Bird King and other sketches

'Footpath, Fifth Avenue' 2004, oil on canvas

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