Last Thursday we took a trip to Forbidden Planet in Bristol, primarily for me to get a replica Harry Potter wand (which I didn't end up getting) but to also look for a few graphic novels that I've been eyeing for a while such as Locke & Key and Sandman but after wandering around the shop for about half an hour I concluded it would probably be cheaper to buy from Amazon.
A few weeks prior to my trip home I was browsing the internet and came across Tim Burton's new 'Art of Tim Burton' book on his official website and knew immediately that I must own it one day! The only place that it was available from in the UK was Forbidden Planet which I had all but forgotten about until Pyf called over to a section of the shop and pointed at something on a shelf which made my heart skip a beat, he lifted it off the shelf and placed it in my hands and the rest was history. I put back the two books I had previously picked up, paid and walked out happily with my new gigantic heavy book of Tim Burton magic.
I got the standard edition because no matter how much I love Tim Burton we weren't about to fork out £190 for the Deluxe Edition which is primarily exactly the same as the standard edition apart from the fact that it's hand signed by Tim Burton himself and you get a signed and numbered lithograph.
On with the pictures!
I adore the look and style of the book, it has a fabric cover which does attract all kinds of fluff, and in my case cat hair, but a lint roller does the job (first time I ever lint rolled a book!) I love the swirly black and white inside page, almost like an optical illusion, so very Tim Burton-esque! ♥
Included are sketches from Tim Burton's short animated film 'Vincent' which I love oh so very much! You can watch Vincent here. Click!
I'm guessing this is a sketch of a character from the ever so cute film '9', about rag dolls in a post-apocalyptic world that must save humankind. This is definitely one of my favourite sketches from the book.
I'm also guessing this is an alternate character design for Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, it would have been awesome if Sally's dress was like this in the film but then she wouldn't look so innocent!
The Corpse Bride! I think I'm going to set aside a bit of time tomorrow to watch this film as I haven't seen it for a while.
Character design for Lydia Deetz, a much loved misfit of mine from the film Beetlejuice. I quite enjoyed this contribution from Winona Ryder who played Lydia.
Mars Attacks! was one of mine and my little brother's favourite films to watch together when we were both younger. It's hard to believe that this film came out when I was 8 years old but then again we did own it on VHS so I suppose that fits!
Some sketches for my all time favourite Burton film, Sleepy Hollow! ♥
It was no easy task trying to narrow down which pictures I wanted to include in this post out of the 1000+ possibilities, I wish I could share much more but I don't want to spoil it for any other Tim Burton fans out there that are now desperate to get their hands on this book! I now have a really strong urge to grab every single Tim Burton film from our DVD collection and have a marathon!
When I was in college way back when doing Art & Design I based my Final Major Project on Tim Burton so I thought I would include a few pictures from my sketch book seeing as we're on the subject of the man himself. The images below are my recreations of a few of my favourite sketches of his that I found online at the time, one being the Pin Cushion Queen!
For the final project we had to create something of our own choosing so I decided to make the Pumpkin King, which was no easy task. It consisted of welding together metal rods to create the basic skeleton and then I padded or 'fleshed' it out using newspaper before covering it with scrim which created the basic body shape seen below.
The pumpkin head was made using a massive block of polystyrene which I carved into shape and painted. I then dressed it in a ripped and muddied jacket and created its hands from branches and twigs, I then stuffed the jacket with dead leaves to create a kind of 'scarecrow' look. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the finished product, I thought I did but it must have fallen out of my sketch book and been lost at some point :( It was awesome though and stood well over 6ft tall! The last thing I heard it was still in the sculpture room at my old college, although missing its head as I gave it to my friend, Ellie.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into the mad mind of Tim Burton because I sure did, it's going to take quite a while to read through it properly because I keep being distracted by all the images, which of course isn't a bad thing at all! I'm going to go read some Game of Thrones! ♥