One of the first artists ever to influence me is the incomparable Tim Burton. He influenced the way that I process images and visual storytelling, so early in my life that I didn’t even realize what was happening, as I was learning. (Most people don’t realize that he was an animator for Disney, before he became a renowned director. He contributed as a storyboard and concept artist to Disney’s The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron – which are two films that I loved, growing up.)
Though I’ve been less thrilled with most of TB’s film-projects, following (the stunning) Big Fish, I still consider myself a big fan. And, when I heard that some of his closest friends and colleagues were collaborating to celebrate him, by publishing a book of his (never-before published) artwork, my heart immediately started to pound!
Hubby surprised me with the DELUXE EDITION, as a Christmas present. (Not only that, we managed to snag it in time, to get it as a FIRST edition!) Above, a bookplate that was signed by the man himself.
Above: A special-edition lithograph, signed by the man himself.
Above: An illustration drawn by Tim Burton, as a child.
Above: Concept artwork of Catwoman and the Penguin, for Batman Returns. (I was obsessed with this version of Catwoman, growing up. In 1992, I was Catwoman for Halloween; and I still remember how awesome that costume was!)
Above: “People in line for Rocky Horror show.”