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Shaun Tan

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Shuan Tan is an outstanding multi-award winning artist and writer from Australia. His works are remarkable for their dream-like surreal character and the sharp style of his illustration. The stories operate on multiple levels of meaning and although they are directed at a variety of ages, I’d say they’re closer to adult fables than to children’s stories. Through the characters in his stories and the symbolism of his drawings, Shaun Tan pursues questions of meaning of life and creates airs of both depression and happiness.

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The Rabbits, The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrivalare his major works, but Tan also engages projects dealing with theatre and animation; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia. He worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar’s WALL-E and is currently directing a short film animation. Drawn has published both a video and a written interview with Tan, which are both worth checking out.

One drawing at a time

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I found Urban Sketchers only recently and like their visuals as much as the concept that drives the blog. Urban Sketchers is a community of bloggers around the word who sketch where they live and visit. I’ll admit that I mostly support photography over all other forms of visual arts as far as depicting places and people goes, but the works on this blog really convey much more sense of place than sketches usually do. The idea started on Flickr about almost exactly one year ago and was initiated by a by Seattle journalist and illustrator Gabi Campanario and has transformed into a blog with so far over 500 subscribers.

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Here is a few words from one of the contributors, Margaret Hurst.

“I have been drawing on location for as long as I can remember. In fact, it’s difficult to work in the studio because I’ve been drawing “outside” for so long and in so many places. There is nothing like reportage drawing in the midst of swirling humanity or in the calm of a garden. All the sights, sounds and smells find their way into your drawings.

Drawing on location creates aliveness, animation and spontaneity in all your art, not just your reportage drawings. It’s always rewarding to see my students embark on this road.

Once you become a reportage artist everything you do is infused with motion and life. It’s difficult to see the world any other way. To go somewhere and filter that world through your eyes and hands and create a piece of art that no one else can create is a great feeling. It’s an experience I love to live whenever I get the chance.”