Saturday, April 7, 2012

Delightfully Dark Art


Lately, I have been making some wonderfully unexpected art discoveries during google searches. First, it was the work of Arnaud de Vallois while googling dark fairy tales, then, a few days ago, I stumbled upon the illustrations of Ken Turner during a search for Tim Burton's upcoming film, Dark Shadows. As you can see above, his blog has the coolest banner, incorporating elements from Beetlejuice, Georges Melies', Le Voyage dans la lune, Frankenstein, and Dracula. There's even a Jack-o'-Lantern for good measure.






Dark Shadows

Anyway, it was my google search that led me, serendipitously, to a series of fabulous caricatures which Ken had produced based on some of the characters from the Dark Shadows movie. I've shared them above and they include, from left to right, Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr Julia Hoffman, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, and Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard.





Catwoman and Penguin

Not only was I immediately taken with Ken's illustrative style from the moment I set eyes upon his work, but after taking a quick peek at his Twitter bio (below), I discovered that we share the same creative heroes:
Filmmaker/Animator/Illustrator - Inspirations: Tim Burton, Ronald Searle, Edward Gorey and Charles Addams.



Vincent Price and Peter Lorre

I have only featured just a few of my favourite illustrations here, but there's plenty more to see if you visit the Ken Turner blog.

24 comments:

  1. Love these illustrations - thanks for sharing your finds! The Peter Lorre/Vincent Price one makes me remember the series of Mr Moto films, which are absolutely brilliant! Wish I could get my hands on them somewhere, Peter Lorre was priceless! Happy Easter to you Emma!

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    1. Hi Siobhan,

      I was so excited when I stumbled across Ken's illustrations. I recognized the influences on his work, like Ronald Searle, instantly. My father had books of Ronald Searle's cartoons, and I was quite obsessed with them when I was a child! I'm so glad I get to enthuse about this kind of fun stuff with my blog buddies! Happy Easter to you, too!

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  2. These illustrations are fantastic! Thanks for sharing them :-)

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    1. Hi jurassicgoth,

      Oh, my pleasure! I'm really pleased that you like them. :)

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  3. Very cool finds! It's always fun to find new spooky art. His banner is definitely reminiscent of the one that appears in the intro to the old Beetlejuice cartoon! His illustrations of the characters from Batman are very cute. As cute as Catwoman and The Penguin can be anyway. :) I took a peek through his blog and got a kick out of the Comic Book Guy drawing. He has kind of a Cheshire Cat thing going on!

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    1. Hi Justine,

      Yes, it's alway a treat when you're googling, and end up discovering something better than what you were actually searching for! :) And of course, with the 'Beetlejuice' mood I'm in at the moment, I was totally hooked when I saw the banner art!

      Oh, I see what you mean about the Comic Book Guy! I must have missed him before. Yes, very Cheshire Cat! I think it's so funny that "Comic Book Guy" has become such a cultural icon that artists are reinterpreting the concept in different ways. Plus, it gives you and I, another mental image for future reference! ;)

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  4. Love the Barnabas Collins toon ... excellent finds!

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    1. Hi Barry,

      Yes, the caricature of Johnny Depp, as Barnabas Collins, was actually the first of Ken's drawings that I stumbled upon. I laughed out loud!

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  5. Yes! I love these illustrations!

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    1. Hi Jolie,

      Yes, me too! They have both a retro and a gothic feel to them. My favourite combo!

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  6. I love when you make these posts. It's nice to find some cool items I need to save my money for. :)

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    1. Hi Jenny,

      Haha. I'm going to need to win the lottery soon if I don't stop tracking down all these temptations!

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  7. Great art! Thanks for sharing this.....so many cool images!

    Cheers!

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    1. Hi Frog Queen,

      Pleasure! It was hard narrowing it down to just a few images. I love all Ken's work!

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  8. Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the Bloggy World! :0) So happy to meet you! :0)
    I love the place you have here! So full of so many wonderfully dark and dreary and delightfully Gothic things! Just my cup of tea!
    And Gomez thinks Phoebe is quite the model!

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    1. Hi Jeanne,

      Oh, you're welcome! I'm still laughing over your Peeping Tom "Peeps" picture! I'm very happy to meet you too, and thank you for the kind words about my blog!

      Is Gomez the kitty in your profile pic? If so, what a purrrrfect name! I'll pass Gomez's compliment on to Phoebe. I know she'll be very flattered! ;)

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  9. Oh my gosh! I love peter and vincent!!

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    1. Hi Autumn,

      Yes, I like Peter and Vincent too! The characterization is perfect, and the Mid Century/Gothic vibe is just my cup of tea!

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  10. Wow! These pictures are amazing, what a talented artist. I love his style, and it embodies Burton so well. I'm off to look up more of his work, thanks for the point into his direction, you may have just made a fan =)

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    1. Hi Cherry,

      Good to see you popping up around Blogland again! Oh, I'm only too happy to point you in Ken's direction. I agree, he's fabulously talented! :)

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  11. You always find the coolest stuff!!! Thanks! I've gotta show my hubby these. He will love them.

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    1. Hi Lady Bethezda,

      Thank you! :) Yes, I think this art would make awesome tattoo inspiration!!

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    1. Hi Jessica,

      Haha. Yes, I particularly like the expression on the face of the kitty hanging off her shoulder!

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