Tim Burton WIP

I’m working on something for an upcoming show so I thought I’d try to capture the stages. Does anyone recognize this guy?

original sketch, pencil 2.5" x 3.5"


Tim Burton work in progress

Stage 2: gray wash & facial rendering -Medium: AcrylaGouache


work in progress

Stage 3: lay in hair and background


Stage 4: hair rendered getting closer to finished


stage 5: finished?

9 Responses to “Tim Burton WIP”

  • Mark Says:

    I didn’t recognize just the pencil, but I DID for the rendering. Really nice technique. I’m really impressed with the rendering.

  • Colleen Says:

    Awesome work! Where is this show being held?

  • Kevin Parks Says:

    The show is at Stoneworks gallery in Ventura. It is a one night show of art inspired by Tim Burton. They are asking folks to show up in costume so it should make for some whimsical fun.

  • Mark Says:

    Do you think it’s intentional, coincidence, or inspriation that you’re style seems so Burton-esqe? (I especially noticed this when comparing stages 3 and 4 and the treatment of the hair.)

  • Kevin Parks Says:

    Style-wise it’s pretty much all me, I just paint/draw the way I do, any resemblance to Burton’s is coincidental. If any thing my drawings sometimes go a little to Moebius on me. Now I have to go find some Burton sketches to see what you mean. 🙂

  • Mark Says:

    Not sure I can articulate what I mean. Something in the way the hair curled on the lower left side of his head, I guess kinda reminded me of the swirly-cliff thing the main character stood on in “Nightmare Before Christmas”. The colors and textures are just appropriate, also.

  • Kevin Parks Says:

    thanks Mark, the curls just made sense but now that you point it out it must have been a sub-conscience thing.

  • Bryan Says:

    I totally see the Burton-inspiration in the portrait as well, but the work screams Kevin Parks to me. Great way of capturing the character while preserving your style and flare.

    What really got me was the skin tone. Might have been unintentional, but I saw it as a bit of an homage to Jack Skelington added to his creator.

    Very nice piece and great work, Kevin!

  • Kevin Parks Says:

    Thanx Bryan, I am thinking of trying this technique again for the upcoming Bandana show by painting a portrait of Jimi Hendrix on a stretched black bandana. Wish me luck 🙂

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