Seeing as my book has been inspired by Tim Burton, I would like to incorporate him directly in the book. One option was to dedicate the book to him. Personally, I don’t particularly care for the “dedicated to” page of the book. I feel that the book should be for those who read it. My solution is to have a Tim Burton quote. This will directly link him to my book.

possible appropriate quotes:

“I have a problem when people say something’s real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I’ve always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.”

“One person’s crazyness is another person’s reality.”

“It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.”

“A lot of things you see as a child remain with you… you spend a lot of your life trying to recapture the experience.”

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?”

“It’s hard to find logic in things sometimes. That’s why I can’t analyze things too much, because it often doesn’t make much sense.”

“When it comes to art and science, people don’t like a lot of either. Instead of being open to it, they’re closed off about it.”

“I’ve always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they’d still say I’m a dark personality.”

“People told me I couldn’t kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.”


Making a cover for my book.


To add colour to my book, I am making the text purple.

To get it  correct, first, I must print out a test print. Using the same paper and printer I did a sample test to see which colour best suits the look I am going for.

here is an image of the test colour page I printed


After laying out a few spread, I felt that something was missing.

A grid of course. The following is the grid I used for each page of my book.


Take a look at the before and after the layout of the first spread.






I began sketching images to compliment the text on each spread. Then I started laying out spreads.


This is the first spread of the story.

Sketching characters



Here are some of my initial sketches.



Potential jugs

Potential jugs

More jugs

More jugs



I re-wrote the story “Water in the Basket” by Italo Calvino. I made some minor changes to the plot. This allows it to be more relevant in present day.

Later, I broke down the story by spreads. Each number represents the different spread. The text below is the exact text that will be feature on that particular spread.

check it out here -> Water in the Basket

Burtonize: to take something and put a Tim Burton twist on it. Changing the characteristics to have a gothic and quirky take on horror. Can be applied to characters, locations, film, etc.

some examples:

Burtonized Avengers

Burtonized Pokemon


Burton’s Minions


Burtonized Spiderman

Burtonized Princesses

Burtonized Futurama

Burtonized Powerpuff Girls

Burtonized Adventure Time




Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton, was born August 25, 1958. He is an American film director, film producer, writer, poet, artist, and animator. 

Tim Burton

Tim Burton

He is famous for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky take on horror and fantasy style movies.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure




Edward Scissorhands

Edward Scissorhands

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Ed Wood

Sleepy Hollow

Corpse Bride

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Dark Shadows



Some of his lesser-know works include

Stain Boy