After our visit to the Shaun Tan exhibition (see previous post), we decided to make some portraits in the same style. First we needed a collage background like in the picture book "The Lost Thing". The children used torn pages of sheet music, novel and dictionary pages. They were stuck down with plenty of PVA and scraped with a credit card to remove any bubbles. We've scanned the collage sheets in to keep for another project.
Before we tried a Shaun Tan style portrait we practised drawing eyes, mouths, noses and faces using realistic proportions.
Next we looked at Shaun's pictures to determine what makes up his unique style. We noticed his faces are elongated and the features are narrower and placed lower on the face than in real life. The children made a second portrait using these proportions. We mounted the portraits on the collage background and added a close up on the eye and some decorative boxes like in the book.