The Art of Tim Burton, Standard Edition

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The Art of Tim Burton: The Artist Before The Filmmaker Offering a Valentine, Tim Burton (1980-1986) Can't say Tim Burton is an incredible artist, but that's what makes every piece true. He's not doing it for money or because he's really good at it. It's one of the only ways he knows how to express himself, whether its on paper or camera. Having it all bound into this wonderful cloth covered book is fantastic. Not too mention the Deluxe edition looks great on any shelf or table. This is the First Edition, First Printing of the deluxe edition limited to 1000 copies signed by the artist. The real strength in Tim’s artwork is his appreciation of form with strong shapes and exaggerated proportions. Within a few seemingly simple pen lines, he creates bold silhouettes […] You would be mistaken for thinking that some of Tim’s rough sketches are rudimentary, loose or naïve, for they hold vital information, demonstrate a great delicacy, sensitivity, consistent keen eye, and a stunning vision’. From this list, you get a clear sense of the zany, colorful, slightly surreal and over-the-top influences that resonated with Burton as a kid. It’s not easy to locate the full list of films online, so we’re presenting it here for your further Burton study and edification.

Comprised of works from his signature films and projects including The Nightmare Before Christmasand The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories(1997) to never-before-exhibited artworks, The World of Tim Burtonis a deeply engaging experience that gives the public access to the artist’s very personal and singular output. Between his love for Vincent Price, Edgar Allan Poe, skeletons, and cemeteries, Burton soaked up plenty of gothic inspiration as a child. But remember — he also grew up in peaceful, quintessentially suburban Burbank, where he was constantly fascinated with thoughts of ominous and dark things lurking beneath the surface. A comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton. Text By: Leah Gallo, Design by: Holly C. Kempf, Edited by: Derek Frey, Leah Gallo & Holly KempfDrawn from Tim Burton’s personal archive and representing the artist’s creative output from childhood to the present day, this collection of drawings, paintings, photographs, sketchbooks, moving-image works, sculptural installations, set and costume design focuses on the recurrent visual themes and motifs found in the distinctive characters and worlds found in Burton’s art and films. But perhaps no style is more overt in the work of and more closely associated with Tim Burton than that of the gothic. Tim Burton films are obviously gothic — but with a twist Tim Burton is one of modern filmmaking’s best-known directors — largely because his films all look like Tim Burton films. It’s hard to find a recent director whose distinct visual aesthetic has become so universally, immediately recognizable. Even in his new live-action Disney film Dumbo, which is something of a departure from Burton’s previous work — it’s a remake that doubles as a careful critique of its predecessor — it can still easily be called “ Burton-esque,” like all of his movies. I’ve had the good fortune to see the images Tim dashes off to communicate an important thought to his collaborators. Economically but sublimely drawn, they often put across one simple-but-great-idea. His narrative temperament dictates an expressionistic visual style that selectively reveals the emotional heart of his story: one that entertains without burying meaning beneath multiple layers of expository clutter and gratuitous business’. Edward Scissorhands (1990) Tim Burton But this is the first with a lithograph of a red spiraling arrow pointing at a baby of sorts. (The second lithograph was a woman, the third lithograph was a creepy clown.)

A general sense of visual distortion, the use of dialed-up color contrasts, looming architectural shapes, and an overall sense of heightened reality, are all further key parts of the aesthetic that form basic components of a “Burtonesque” look. Expressionism has influenced so many subsequent art and film styles — everything from film noir to Surrealist art, from art deco architecture to midcentury horror — that its impact on Burton’s own style hardly makes him unique. However, from here on out, his influences may seem even more surreal. A scene from Tim Burton’s 1986 episode of Faerie Tale Theatre finds Aladdin entering an Expressionist cave of wonders. YouTube And here Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp) is in his own garden of wonders a few years later. 20th Century Fox via IMDB The Day of the Dead made a huge impression on BurtonBut what does it mean to be “Burton-esque?” Is there a way to catalog the visual ingredients of a Burton film? And how did Burton develop such a distinct visual style that continues to resonate so strongly with audiences? By age 15, he was winning local advertising art contests, shooting creepy 8mm films around his neighborhood, and creating an illustrated children’s book of his own — which Disney, incidentally, rejected for publication, albeit with an encouraging note. Disney told Burton that “the art is very good. The characters are charming and imaginative, and have sufficient variety to sustain interest.” It would be the start of a long and sometimes contentious relationship with the Mouse. Beautiful, magical and a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours. Sitting in a huge chair with this epic tome balanced on your knee, especially with an equally large mug of coffee next to you. : ) Grab your pin-stripe trousers and dishevelled green wig. Fans of Tim Burton’s halloween-tastic films will be over the moon to hear that next year they’ll be able to step into the gothic fantasy world of the director at the Design Museum.

Over the years, Burton has achieved both critical and commercial success in the live-action and animation genres.2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetwon the Golden Globe for Best Film—Musical or Comedy and earned Burton a National Board of Review award for his directing work.Many of his films – such as Ed Wood (1994),Sleepy Hollow (1999), Big Fish (2003),and Alice in Wonderland(2010) – have garnered numerous Academy Awards, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations and wins, cementing his status as one of the greatest film makers of our time. After high school, Burton attended the prestigious California Institute of the Arts, which opened in 1961, partly out of the last great vision of Walt Disney himself. Disney died in 1966, but his brother and nephew were both on the school’s founding board of trustees. Disney had imagined an arts school designed specifically to educate new generations of animators, but it wasn’t until 1975 that the school began admitting students into a program to teach character animation. This ridiculously massive tome is the first ever comprehensive look at the personal and project artwork of Tim Burton. 11.25 x 12.25 x 1.75 inches The Burton-esque style is derived from a wealth of art, cinematic, and literary genres. But if Burton’s work was just copied from his influences, it wouldn’t resonate with viewers. What Burton brings to all these ideas is his own joyous idiosyncrasy — his ability to meld the ominous and the frightful with a sense of whimsy, and then turn that unholy duet into part of the act and the art of being a tortured outsider.At CalArts, Burton animated several short films and developed his signature style as an illustrator of characters with amusingly exaggerated features. One of his student works, a partly silent animated short called Stalk of the Celery Monster, once again earned him attention from Walt Disney Studios, which brought him on as an animation apprentice after his graduation from CalArts in 1980, drawing mainly concept art and models for features. Born in 1958 in Burbank, California, Burton grew up with an inverse relationship to his surroundings. Where Burbank was sunny and benign, Burton was moody, interested in the dark and the macabre. When other kids played ball and rode bicycles, he hung out in cemeteries and wax museums. He developed a love for Hammer horror films and B-movie sci-fi. He seemed to channel these sensibilities into his art, displaying a penchant for exaggerated caricatures and illustrations influenced by a range of pop art from advertising to children’s illustrators to comics. In 2009, the Museum of Modern Art produced a wildly successful exhibition of Tim Burton’s art and sculpture, showcasing material from throughout his life and career as an artist and filmmaker. In conjunction with the exhibit, Burton curated a list of films that had had key influences over his life’s work. The film series, called “Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters,” included a wide-ranging list, from the works of B-movie scion Roger Corman to horror films by James Whale, Tobe Hooper, and many others. Tim Burton entered the California Institute of Art and worked in animation for Disney but was soon disappointed by the company’s style, which was very different from his own. He was contrived to imitate and create pale imitations of Disney pencil traits with no soul and no emotion. All his independent projects were considered too bizarre to be screened and not adapted for children. It is only after leaving Disney studios that Tim Burton was able to free himself from artistic constrictions and focus on his art which he developed by embracing filmmaking. A film always starts with a drawing. Intuitive, enthusiastic and perfectionist, Tim Burton draws like he breathes. He has never separated his art work from his film work. Johnny Depp recalls his first collaboration with Burton: As a mature artist, Tim Burton’s work married his love of the surreal to stories that stripped away the banality of everyday, politely civilized life. Vincent and Frankenweenie are about normal boys feeding their love for the grotesque within quiet normal households. The Nightmare Before Christmas is about the unholy juxtaposition of Halloween and Christmas. Sweeney Todd sees a serial killer opening up a respectable barber shop; though based on an existing musical, its themes fit perfectly into the Burton portfolio. And in Edward Scissorhands, Edward’s nightmare house is next to, well, this: A scene from Edward Scissorhands. Paramount Pictures via IMDB The too-bright visuals and overly stylized tone of this scene in Sweeney Todd let you know it’s an Expressionist dream sequence. The contrast between the dark and brooding couple and their bucolic surroundings let you know it’s Burton-esque. Paramount Pictures via IMDB

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