Shaun Tan: The Grimm Sculptor
A departure from his usual process, which incorporates preparatory thumbnails and drawings, Tan’s creative method for The Singing Bones was more immediate; when approaching nearly all of the Grimm Fairy Tales, he took to sculpting directly ‘pushing clay around’, as he puts it, in place of sketching. This makes the few sketches (or ‘mental notes’) that do exist rare insights into his process.
Here, we are delighted to present six early sketches, followed by their final designs: see the Grimm Fairy Tales as you have never seen them before...
Hansel and Gretel
The Boy Who Left Home To Find Out About Fear
The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids