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August 25, 2012


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Featured Artist - Tim Burton!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 25, 2012, 2:33 PM

He's most known at Disney for his work on The Nightmare Before Christmas and the recent Alice in Wonderland movie. But he also did concept work for The Black Cauldron! :3
Since today's his birthday, we thought this would make a great first "Featured Artist"!

Here are some of his sketches from various movies:

:star: The Black Cauldron:

From Andreas Deja, animator of such famous Disney characters as Scar, Jafar, Mama Odie, and Hercules:

"I am not entirely sure who drew this caricature of Tim, but it most likely is a Glen Keane sketch.
After I passed the training program at Disney in 1980 I was asked to help out with character designs for the upcoming production of "The Black Cauldron."
"The Fox and the Hound" was still being finished by the animation crew, and there was a need to come up with visuals for the next feature.  Producer Joe Hale told me."There is this other young guy who draws in his own unique style, maybe the two of you can come up with a new look for Disney".
That other guy turned out to be Tim Burton, and I moved into a nice roomy office with him.
Tim's stuff was amazing, and it seemed odd that I was asked to "disneyfy" it.
But I did try to go over his drawings, and each time I altered them to make them look closer to the Disney conventional style, I noticed that the essence of Tim's designs got lost. Tim went over some of my drawings as well, but the whole thing became somewhat frustrating.
Nevertheless the two of us got along well, we just found ourselves in this strange
I remember one time Tim told me he was going to take a class in children's book illustration. One of his assignments was "Fun with Numbers", and he showed me what he had come up with. I told him how funny they were, and he gave me some of the out takes. Over time I ended up with a few other gag drawings or illustrations, Tim didn't have use for.

In the end the studio decided not to use his ideas and concepts, and understandably Tim moved on. He started producing stop motion as well as live action films which all reflected his artistic vision, (as you all know.)

I had lost touch with him over the decades until last March, when I visited the set of his upcoming stop motion feature "Frankenweenie" in London. Tim happened to be around and he gave me a warm welcome. We reminisced briefly about our year together, and then he said the funniest thing: "You know, I just had a dream about you and me being back in that Disney office." I replied: "I hope it wasn't a nightmare."

And by the way..."Frankenweenie" is going to be fantastic!!"
~ Andreas Deja

The Witches

Taran and Henwen, the pig

The Horned King

Various Designs:

:star: Alice in Wonderland

The Mad Hatter

The Red Queen

Tweedle Dee and Dumb

:star: The Nightmare Before Christmas



:star: Frankenweenie

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franthepan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Love his Black Cauldron sketches! :D Happy (belated) birthday, Tim!
mishkuu Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
rachitick Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for posting this amazing concept art! :D There's no doubt he's a great artist, but the Queen of Hearts sketch could be easily taken as fanart xD
Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love these pics! Happy (late) birthday to him! He's awesome!:clap:
Kathryn-Wood Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, wow! His designs for Alice in Wonderland remind me of the illustrations in Roald Dahl books!
SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tim Burton rules!
He is my favourite films director!
MKRtistStudios Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE his films! After watching the Nightmare Before Christmas, last year in college, it convinced me to change my major from Anthroplogy to Electronic Media and Film. Everything about that film is just glorious. He's a real inspiration. ^_^ Hope he sticks around for a long, long time.
qstarz305 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Happy Birthday Tim Burton
GoblinDreamer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I really love his designs of the black cauldron. Especially Henwen. I didn't think it was possible, but Tim Burton has actually drawn something so cute that I want to take it home with me! :heart: Way cuter than the final version!
MarissaSunshine Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really like the art. :) Cool, we get to see his designs for The Black cauldron. I love them! :D
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