Monday, March 08, 2010

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland concept art: Queen of Hearts

Here's my painting of the Queen of Hearts as a concept for Alice in Wonderland. All the work I did for "Alice" was done around two years ago, and I spent about a day on each image, some a little more. It's great to be able to finally share what I did. I saw the film on Friday, and thought it was a lot of fun especially in 3D. However, it was what I expected from a Tim Burton film. A fantastic looking movie with a not-so-fantastic story. Still a fun movie, with a lot of great eye candy to enjoy!

This concept of the queen was exciting to work on, mainly because I was emailed a sketch of the queen that Tim Burton himself sketched out. I was asked to paint on top of his sketch, bring some life and character to his drawing, his drawing was loose, and quite simple, with no background. So I decided to paint her in a creepy forest, to give the piece a more finished look.

Detail of face. You can see it was painted fairly loose.

References I took for lighting, expression and color.

Hand reference.


Blogger Celine Lim(恬) said...

oh!!red queen!! so nice

9:14 AM  
Blogger Leighton Johns said...

2 years is a long time to wait to see the results of your work. Your Queen looks great, must have been a challenge having to stick to the Tim Burton sketch though rather than trying out lots of other routes.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Chelle said...

lol. yeah, it is really funny and it is very nice Queen of Hearts painting as well.

10:28 AM  
Blogger A. Riabovitchev said...

Cool concepts Jason!:o)

12:11 PM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

cool!!!! Nice job man!!! I agree with your take on the movie. The visuals were beautiful, but the story wasn't that clear, which really sucks because it could have been amazing.
When your starting any new illustration/concept art, do you always take reference photos?

12:53 PM  
Blogger Jenea said...

One great work for Tim Burton yet!!! You are very artistick! :)

12:54 PM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

I don't know if I will be able to paint over a drawing that Tim Burton has done, the pressure! Love the painting man, Congrats!

1:45 PM  
Blogger Jacob Helton said...

heh cool

4:52 PM  
Blogger ColectivoBazofia said...


7:02 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

what an awesome job painting...but what so delights me, is seeing my daughter-in-law posing and helping you out. How precious...! But...can't picture her playing the evil part!!! hahaa... she's so cute!

7:34 PM  
Blogger Pedro Conti said...

you're the best one! :)

9:20 PM  
Blogger Pol said...

Juasjuas! very good!
The expression you has been wonderful!

6:00 AM  
Blogger Harringtoon said...

Awesome work Jason!
I can't help but see Madonna... in her eyes especially. Intentional?
Really enjoy this stuff-What would be really cool is if they animated your art in your painting style-maybe someday, huh?.
Hope to see more character design work from you.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Wouter Tulp said...

Seems like you've been havin lots of fun.....again! Superb!!!

9:07 AM  
Anonymous Charlotte Winroth said...


What a story.
And I see you made the best of what you got, that posture is really awkward.

But Nightmare-before-x-mas?!
You didn't like that story?

6:29 PM  

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