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Shaun Tan - The Lost Thing

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Sarah Cranston

on 5 June 2013

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Images from Shutterstock.com The lost thing, is a simple picture book composed by Shaun Tan that delves deep into a story of belonging, and social normality - the busyness of life. The integration of visual and textual techniques, creates a story recount (what i did on the holidays) all the while leaving subtle messages to our social culture; whether we are looking for social injustices that are happening, are we including people and are we all so willing to just go along with the crowd.

Among this the setting also crates a perspective of where our land may end up in the culture of high rise buildings and more is more.
The option is there for the audience though; will you choose to read the superficial good-feel story or will you allow his questions and subtle messages, to confront you and challenge you? The Overview THE LOST THING By Shaun Tan Visual Technique Written Technique sources A Poem PAGES 21 & 22 The Lost Thing at its superficial level, tells a cliche story of a boy going on a journey to find where something that is lost, belongs. But as you delve deeper into the subtleties that the author has placed through the text, a complex story is revealed..... The lack of biological environment and complex fixtures, helps the audience assume a rust filled futuristic setting. The social injustices that fill the parts between the lines shows someone questioning societies values and priorities. COLOUR: Uses a brown and grey colour palette to give it a futuristic lifeless appearance. This is then Juxtaposed against the bold red of the thing; this reiterates the isolation, but also helps the audience connect with the thing, as a sense of life and hope is attached to it.

Media: Illustrator uses a mixture of oils and pastels in the images

Shapes: The shape of the buildings (square) again juxtaposes against the thing, which adds another dimension of isolation

Size: There is a variance in sizes throughout the panels on the double spread, this draws the audiences focus to what is important sometimes this isn't the large things (see example) FONT: The text is written in a handwriting style. This persuades the audience of its recount form.

LINES: The text is a good guidance of how to follow the pictures in the book.

SETTING: over the double spread all of the text forms only one sentence with the use of conjunctions it emphasises the idea that they are on a journey.

THE END. The arrow used as the
boy and things guidance
(panel 2)
creates a significant
social question.
It can be interpreted to be
exploring the renowned religious philosophy that we must take the
narrow path.
(the small untraveled road.) SHAPE Colour
The brown and grey colour palette distinctly contrasts against the thing. In this image that sense of hope and life is reiterated by the birds attracted by the thing. Note the handwritten style of the text. Techniques:
In this double spread the author emphasises the position of the reader to be distant and almost peering in. Amongst this as the book draws to a conclusion the author uses more words to allow the audience to feel resolution. The prominent background in the second page reiterates the industrial feel also. The shadowing and colouring, draws the readers attention to the boy and the lost thing; with sun shinning through this also gives the reader a sense of hope and resolution, that they have finally found where he belongs before it is written ( visually foreshadowing). The audience is almost
being hidden,
as though we are not meant
to pry into the story,
emphasising the recount
form. If you look closely at what is written in the background, you'll often find that it is relative to the stage of the story. I.E this page talks about pushing a button. (look at circle on page) The Text begins to use more description,
increasing the word count on the page. Shaun Tan says it all.... Ending in a
complex , thought
The Lost Thing.
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