Shaun Tan - "The Watcher" (1998) - scratchboard- 12 x 16cm (4.7"x6.2")
The Watcher (1998)
12 x 16 cm (4.7"x6.2")
"This illustration is from The Playground, the first published book I both wrote and illustrated in 1998, a horror story about undead children who play in a suburban park after the living have gone home. It was based on my own childhood fears of a particular playground at the end of my street which was always brightly illuminated in the dead of night. I always wondered, for whom? I used a lot of scratchboard in my early career, where reproduction was predominantly black and white". - Shaun Tan
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and filmmaker in Melbourne. He is best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery: The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer and a concept artist for Pixar. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people.