The Art of Tim Burton

Whether one enjoys his films or not (and how can you not?) you have to give it to the guy. Tim Burton has a design sense that immediately give each of his stories a unique ambiance, while still not relinquishing a personal stamp that connects them all. I’ve been interested in this book since I saw its release being mentioned around when the Burton produced “9″ was being promoted. Until now, the most we’ve seen have been “coming soon’ messages via Burton’s unique but pain-in-the-ass to navigate website. Yesterday I got an email alerting me that the art book is now ready for pre-order, and with it came links to some images of the product.

The Art of Tim Burton comes in Standard and Deluxe. From the Steele Publishing we know that the Standard edition contains:

Hardcover with over 430 pages plus foldouts
Over 1000 illustrations by Tim Burton
Text contributions from over 20 of Tim’s friends and collaborators

The Deluxe has all of the above but is signed, comes in a cloth slipcase, and includes 1 of 1000 signed and numbered Lithographs. I’m taking from that litho number, that the Deluxe itself would have to be limited to a print run of 1000, which would make it the hardcore enthusiast’s edition to have. If I do buy one, that will be the edition, though at first glance it seems a bit aggressively priced at $299.99. You can look at the gallery of preview images available. Here is the description:

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


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.

I laughed at the classic (in the Vogue Immunity sense) Kevin Smith story just like everybody else did, but being a bit of a book, art, and speculative fiction fan, it’s going to be hard to keep me away.


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