Movies provide many things in our modern lifestyles: they entertain, challenge, educate, touch our hearts, make us laugh and grant us ninety plus minutes of escape from the daily grind.
Movies are also a great source of inspiration.
To state the obvious, Moulin Rouge inspired an entire generation of Art Journalling, ATC making, mixed-media artists with it’s stunning visuals:
With the breathtaking costumes, scenes, and cinematography we all wanted to recreate the Elephant and the Moulin Rouge.
The first time I saw the Red Color Kit I thought,
“ Elephant! Moulin Rouge! Must have one!”
Sadly, since it’s release in 2001, we’ve more or less suffered a barren wasteland of artless imagery with a few notable exceptions like The Science of Sleep:
But if you look way, way back to the 80’s and early 90’s you’ll find all sorts of movies deserving a second look with an eye to art.
How about the trashy, 50’s cool of Hairspray (the 1988 version, not the stinky remake):
Or the weird, wonderfulness of Edward Scissorhands in all his gothic steam punk glory:
1982 brought us Pink Floyd’s The Wall:
And look back to 1975 for one of my favorite movies, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
Fortunately, I think these long dark days of drab movies featuring too many uninteresting men talking and talking and talking in conservative suits will finally be punctuated with pockets of dazzling eye candy. Take last week’s “9”; they say it’s not steampunk, it’s stitchpunk *grin* I can’t say if the story is any good but look at the stills, oh my. Drool.
It makes me want to make something with this:
And of course, no post about movies that inspire artists can go without mentioning the upcoming remake of Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. Those two make incredible art together!
Movies themselves are an art form. Next time you are stuck for ideas on what to create, consider making a mixed-media piece, set of ATCs or scrapbook page as an homage to your favorite flick.
If you’ve made a project that was inspired by the movies, please leave a comment so we can see it. Also, I’d love to hear what movies inspire you.