This piece was born from a love of the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland. I was inspired by the incredibly odd yet kind and gentle soul of Johnny Depp’s Hatter, and how “mad” he seemed to be when first introduced to the audience. Mad is a word that has multiple definitions, but I think the best one of all is that which implies being carried away by enthusiasm. Which you could also read as a playful passion for life. So, in that sense, all of us—to some degree, in some way, at some point in time—are a little mad! (continue scrolling to view the final work and sketch studies.) — RETURN


The Mad Hatter | Joe Blend | Illustration

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