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Barnabas In Burton by JNRedmon Barnabas In Burton by JNRedmon
In my opinion, Tim Burton is one of only 2 truly great visual artists working in mainstream film today (the other one is Tarsem). Ever since I was a little kid (when I started watching "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure" every time I went to my grandma's house), Tim Burton has been my idol. He's a talented filmmaker, a master storyteller, and an incredible artist. His work has been an inspiration to me for years, and yet surprisingly, I haven't made any real tribute to his work. Until this.

For the Dark Shadows contest, I decided to make a portrait of Barnabas Collins entirely out of little drawings of things Tim Burton has done. Within this portrait is at least one thing from every movie he's ever done. I even included stuff from his unknown early shorts, like "Houdini," "Doctor of Doom," and "Stalk of the Celery Monster." The only thing missing is "The Island of Doctor Agor" - for the life of me, I couldn't find any stills from that movie anywhere. I also included a ton of stuff from paintings and drawings that he's done. One of the problems with that, though, is that it might not be immediately obvious that I drew Barnabas. So I decided to give him some vampire fangs made out of Sweeney Todd's razor and Edward Scissorhands' fingers. I thought that would be pretty cool. My hope is that devoted Tim Burton fans will look this over and try to identify stuff (though that might be difficult, since my scanner possesses the magical ability to make everything I upload look even worse than it does in real life).

And that's one of the reasons I know I'm not going to do well in this contest - the picture quality is atrocious. And on top of that, it's just not that great in comparison to everyone else's. There are way too many super-talented people here. But I saw that Tim Burton is picking the winners, so I thought I'd give it a shot anyway.

So although it didn't turn out as well as I hoped, I wanted to finally make a tribute to all things Burton, and I hope you guys like it.
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madhattress1314 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
This should have won. I've seen the winner and I think this is way better and seems way more Tim Burton/twisted than any other entries I've seen. I applaude you and your artistic genius.
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
If you're being serious, that's the nicest thing anyone has ever said about my art.
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madhattress1314 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
100% serious! This most definitely should have won. It's so Tim Burton-esque. A phrase that seems like it can be used for any of the entries but not really. The creepy, eerie and creative factor is really what makes it Tim Burton and you've captured that better than anyone I've seen thus far. Excellent work.
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Thank you so much; that really means a lot to me. :) I disagree, though; I think a lot of people really captured Tim Burton's sense of eerie weirdness, especially among the top 10. Well, either way, it was really fun to see so many people's interpretations of Tim Burton's work.
Also, sorry about the late response. Again.
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timshinn73 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great concept!
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you so much - that's a really encouraging thing to hear from an artist as talented as you. :D
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Tsubasa-Shou Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
What a wonderful tribute it is!! And don't worry about the scanned quality. It's not so bad that my friend and I could not find our favorite characters :D Very creative in a Burtonesque way, with just enough creepiness. I'm sure Burton would be proud! :D
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you so much! That's exactly what I was going for, so that really means a lot. :)
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GameDweeber Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Artist
Really creative!! I really want to see this movie, too! :D
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JNRedmon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Thank you! I know, it looks awesome, right?
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