Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Tale of Two Wonderlands...

I saw the Teaser Trailer of Tim Burton's upcoming "Alice In Wonderland" film. Let's be clear about many things up front:

1) My illustrated version of Alice has nothing to do with the upcoming film by Tim Burton except that it might end up being released within proximity by random circumstance.

2) I cannot realistically or even egotistically compare myself to his entire team of talent. Even if his version of Alice turned out to be disasterous (which I doubt), it goes without saying that he deserves the utmost respect for his long running level of excellence.

That being said, I watched the teaser trailor, which is available to view as of today around the web, and it looks as visually stunning as one would expect a film from Burton's camp to look.

Inevitably, it's only human for me to compare the film with, not only my humble book version, but the hundreds of versions of Alice that I've become aware of over the years. I was pleased and heartened to see that, although the film looks rich and vivid in detail beyond belief, I , as a mere single artist with nothing but some sketchbooks, pencils and one computer, can still keep up with the power of a gazillion dollar think tank, army-sized art department and a state-of-the-art renderfarm of creative computation. (At least keep up with the immaginative details of a single frame, anyway) There's something comforting in that.

Next entry I will point out a few things about the teaser clip that are innovative when comparing them to the vast archives of Alice imagery that I'm aware of.

I'm going to start showing cropped sections of my Alice art, as a teaser trailor of my own!

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