As early as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with Tim Burton. I still vividly remember the first time I saw ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ completely in awe of his imagination. I’ve been told a number of times my drawings remind them of Tim Burton. I always take this as a compliment because his artwork had a big impact on me at a young age. In a way, Peety Draws grew from the the fascination of Tim Burton movies.
A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to check out the Tim Burton exhibit at the MoMA and was blown away by wall after wall full of sketches, doodles and drawings he did early on in his life. The amount of rejection he must have gone thru to get to where he is now – it’s incredible. It encouraged me to believe in my creative expression because one day, it’ll pay off in a way I could never have imagined. Recently, that belief was reignited after watching this video tribute to Tim Burton created by Martin Woutisseth.
Tim Burton is a constant reminder of what I love about art and drawing. He helps me see things as a child once again and inspires me to continue doing what I love. Most importantly, his art helps me believe that one day, I’ll be recognized for doing something I sketched, doodled and drew as a kid. If you have a dream you’re slowing working towards right now, take a few minutes to soak in the happiness of a memory that inspired you to pursue it. Refuel that dream and don’t ever forget it.