His films are cult classics: Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland. Less well known, but no less relevant, is the artwork that Tim Burton creates outside of Hollywood. His drawings and paintings, poems and short stories delight his fans just as much as his adventures on the silver screen. In the spirit of Surrealism, Burton playfully blends elements from popular culture–cartoons, comic books and B-movies, as well as gothic culture. This catalogue affords fascinating insight into the bizarre, magical imagination of this exceptional multimedia artist. And like the title of his new film, these pictures leave the viewer in amazement, inspired, with Big Eyes.
American director, producer, photographer, and author Tim Burton (born 1958) is known for his dark, gothic films about quirky outsiders, which have been nominated for and won several Academy Awards. They include Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Batman Returns(1992), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland, (2010) Frankenweenie (2012) and Big Eyes (2014). Burton has collaborated extensively with actors Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
The Art of Tim Burton is the definitive compilation of forty years of Tim Burton’s artistry, including film concepts and hundreds of illustrations from his personal archives, edited under the creative guidance of Burton himself. This comprehensive 434 page book is grouped into thirteen chapters that examine common themes in Burton’s work, from his fascination with clowns to his passion for misunderstood monsters, to his delight in the oddities of people. Many of Burton’s friends and collaborators offer their thoughts, insights and anecdotes about Tim Burton’s style and artistic approach to life. Artwork from the following films and projects are included in this book: Alice in Wonderland (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride (both 2005), Big Fish (2003), Planet of the Apes (2001), Sleepy Hollow, (1999), Mars Attacks! (1996), Ed Wood (1994), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Batman Returns (1992), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Family Dog (1987), Batman (1989), Beetlejuice (1988), Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), Frankenweenie (1984), Vincent (1982), and Hansel & Gretel (1982). The book also contains additional drawings from his illustrated book of poetry The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (1997), and from The World of Stainboy web shorts (2000). Text By: Leah Gallo, Design by: Holly Kempf, Edited by: Derek Frey, Leah Gallo & Holly Kempf *PLUS* Personal text contributions by friends and fellow creatives including: Allison Abbate, Colleen Atwood, John August, Rick Baker, Helena Bonham Carter, Felicity Dahl, Johnny Depp, Danny Devito, Danny Elfman, Carlos Grangel, Ray Harryhausen, Martin Landau, Rick Heinrichs, Christopher Lee, Lindsay Macgowan, Shane Mahan, Ian Mackinnon, Alex Mcdowell, Victoria Price, Ken Ralston, Paul Reubens, Deep Roy, Winona Ryder, and Richard Zanuck.
Tim Burton’s costume designer Colleen Atwood tells us everything you’ve wanted to know about the iconic clothing looks in his films
Ever since she earned her first film credit as a wardrobe production assistant for the 1982 film A Little Sex, where she helped organize the trench coats of fictional sex addicts, costume designer Colleen Atwood has grown into a force of nature, rapidly threading new worlds together before moving onto her next project. She’s been nominated by the Academy Award for Best Costume Design 11 times, and took home the prize three times — once for her silk kimonos in Memoirs of a Geisha, another for the musical theater-noir vibe of Chicago, and finally for her acid-tripping work in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
A look at the costume and makeup process in Tim Burton’s new film
When Colleen Atwood set out to design the costumes for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” the last thing the Academy Award winner wanted to replicate was the cliché Alice-in-a-bag costumes that arrive on the shelves of drug stores every Halloween.
“I was running in the other direction from that,” declares Atwood, who ultimately rendered much of the film’s marquee cast virtually unrecognizable — turning Anne Hathaway into a frosty White Queen; Johnny Depp into a clown-faced Mad Hatter, and Helena Bonham Carter into a cartoonish Red Queen. To help with ideas, Atwood consulted a more authentic reference — the illustrations by John Tenniel and Lewis Carroll that accompanied early editions of Carroll’s 1865 classic.
What do the movies Edward Scissorhands, Silence of the Lambs, Alice in Wonderland and The Huntsman: Winter’s War all have in common? It is Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who has won the prestigious award for Best Costume Design three times, for the film Chicago in 2002, Memoirs of a Geisha in 2005, and Alice in Wonderland in 2010. With the recent DVD release of The Huntsman: Winter’s War on August 23, 2016, Atwood spoke to FORBES of her new use of 3D printing for Emily Blunt’s costumes. The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Blunt as ice queen Freya, alongside Jessica Chastain as Sara the huntsman, Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as Eric the huntsman, the last two reprising their roles from the first film Snow White and the Huntsman. Atwood also discusses what she like about working with Tim Burton, what happens to the costumes after the film and where she keeps her Oscars.