Amy Lee's Artwork

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Amy Lee painting Octopia (2013), which she started in 2009.[1]
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Behind the true vocation of Amy Lee and her love for music (which remains her first undisputed passion[2]), she is also interested in any other type of art: from animation to films, from painting to cooking. Painting in particular is one of the arts that, after music, most fascinates her. Her house is full of paintings. In fact, when Amy isn't busy with music, or wants to take a break, she likes to paint.[3] On several occasions some of her drawings or paintings were shared or given away, as happened during The Stashbox contest (see the giraffe painting and sketch).

Vin1.jpg I love painting and I just said last night, 'I can't wait to get home and paint some more'. I like it because I feel no pressure whatsoever. I like to have a side project always going on when I'm working, especially when I was making the record for example, there was always paintings going on on the side because I'll get stuck in one aspect and really, really feel like I need to get stuff out, I need to keep moving and I need to keep creating, so I'll move over to some completely different thing like a painting or cooking something or whatever just to stay moving even though I'm stuck on the music. I have a lot of partially finished paintings I need to get back to at home. They take me a long time. But it's a nice thing, because I feel like there's no expectation for it to be anything, it's just for me. If I ever want to do anything with them and share them some day then I can but I don't have to and nobody expects me to so it's like I still have a completely free place.[3] Vin2.jpg


Diaries and handwritten lyrics

Open Door journal's cover.

The Open Door journal

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Journal with exclusive handwritten lyrics, artworks and journal entries made by Amy Lee during the making of The Open Door. It was published on EvClub in 2009.

Fallen Journal

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Journal with exclusive handwritten lyrics, artworks and journal entries made by Amy Lee during the making of Fallen. It was first seen on Evanescence.com in 2003, but later some of its pages were published in high quality when EvClub opened in 2006.

Ultimate Collection book

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The Ultimate Collection book was released along with the vinyl boxset and contains handwritten lyrics of pre-Fallen songs, as well as songs from 2011's Evanescence, and album covers' sketches by Amy.

Other writings

Paintings and drawings

Amy's entire pictorial work is not shown below, but only the paintings and drawings that have so far seen the light of the day on the Internet. The dates indicated refer to their publication on the web, or to a possible dating based on the context to which they refer. Even titles, most of the time, are not to be considered official ones; only the title of some of these were clearly given by Amy Lee (e.g. "Octopia"). Due to their homemade production and their sometimes purely preparatory nature, many of these works may not even have a real title. Any insights and quotes regarding the works are given in the appropriate description notes. In case that you notice a gap in the content, please give your contribution or contact the staff.
Paintings
Sketches and drawings

Video

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LLoyd's Forest Adventure

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LLoyd's Forest Adventure is a short film made with the technique of stop-motion by Amy Lee. It was released by Amy via Twitter.

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The Britney Spears Video

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A music video featuring Lenny, Amy and Will Boyd. The song heard in the video is the cover of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time", performed by Material Objects.

Clothes

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Amy Lee has her own recognizable dressing style, characterized by the use of gothic makeup and her fondness for Victorian-style clothing.[4] She designs many of the clothes she wears, including those from the "Going Under" video and the dress she wore at the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize concert. It is worthy of note the dress she designed and wore during the 2004 Grammy Awards, made by the famous Japanese designer H. Naoto.[5] In an interview with VEVO Stylized, Amy showed and explained her style, declaring that sometimes she prefers to make clothes herself because it is difficult to find elsewhere exactly what she wants.[6]

Vin1.jpg I design a lot of things that I wear onstage but I’m always looking for unique stuff. I like creative things so anything I can find at a secondhand costume shop to a Helmut Lang store, it doesn’t matter – just unique stuff.[7] Vin2.jpg


Objects

Lunch Box 2008

Lunch box

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Charity auction held by Food Bank For New York City and The Lunchbox Fund, which helps fighting hunger in New York and Soweto, South Africa by selling unique lunch boxes created by celebrities. Amy participated in the 2007 auction (both lunch boxes were sold for $700) and in the 2008 auction (that year Amy's lunch box received the highest bid among all those displayed at the auction and was sold to a YukiQueen at the price of $ 4,185.00)

Amy's painted piano

Painted piano

Exquisite-kfind.png See also: Gibson Guitar "Paint For PEP" Charity Event

During the Gibson Guitar "Paint For PEP" Charity Event, held on December 4, 2004 at the Gibson Baldwin Showroom, Los Angeles, California.[8] This event, born from the collaboration of the PEP (The Pediatric Epilepsy Project) and the Gibson Guitar, saw the participation of several celebrities, including Amy Lee, committed to painting the forty electric guitars generously donated by Gibson.

During the event Amy painted an entire piano (probably the only one among many guitars) of the Baldwin Piano Company. The instruments were sold at a charity auction in favor of UCLA's Pediatric Neurology Department.[8]

Others

Notes

  1. Handwritten lyrics of Imaginary published on "Fallen Scrapbook" in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Fallen.
  2. Handwritten lyrics of Imaginary published on "Fallen Scrapbook" in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Fallen.
  3. Handwritten lyrics of Whisper published on "Fallen Scrapbook" in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Fallen.
  4. Handwritten lyrics of Whisper bridge published on "Fallen Scrapbook" in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Fallen.
  5. Handwritten lyrics of My Heart is Broken.
  6. Handwritten lyrics of Lost In Paradise.
  7. Handwritten lyrics of Can't Stop What's Coming.
  8. Handwritten lyrics of Dark Water.
  9. Handwritten lyrics of Lockdown.
  10. Handwritten lyrics of Speak to Me. Amy shared some excerpts of the lyrics as early as August 11, 2015 ([1], 2), about a year and a half before the song was released. The full handwritten lyrics were later published in the Voice from the Stone book in 2017.
  11. The attribution of this painting to Amy Lee is uncertain. There is speculation that it was initially a self-portrait of Amy. An image of the painting made its appearance on the official website of Bigwig Enterprises, used as the cover of Sound Asleep EP. The file was named "goblin.jpg". Although the cover was on the website, it was never printed and in 2003 was replaced with a generic CD image.
  12. Framework that was shared by Amy on EvBoard in 2004.
  13. Painting by Amy used in 2010 for the cover of the Together Again single.
  14. The first appearance of the Octopia painting, then untitled, happened when Amy tweeted this photo on February 4, 2010. In a interview two months later, she stated she had been working on it for "18 months", meaning one year and a half.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Painting and sketch given away in the Stashbox contest in 2012. The painting was won by a Brazilian fan, @thomascalmeida, and the sketch by AnnaEVfan.
  16. Framework made entirely of bottle caps. The photo was posted on Amy's Twitter on July 15, 2012: "Finally drank enough wine to complete my cork-board! Cheers ;)".
  17. Picture painted by Amy used in 2012 as the background of her Twitter profile.
  18. The name of the painting was given by Amy on Twitter. Its conclusion was announced by her on October 8, 2013 in a tweet: "Finally finished it! "Octopia" is complete :)"
  19. Picture depicting two giraffes painted for "the baby's room" ([2]). The whole process of making the painting was shown by Amy in a stop motion video.
  20. Painted by Amy between 2018 and 2019 after the Synthesis era. This is what Amy said when she posted the photo of her painting on social media: "What do I do in my free time? I paint flyin bananas". (12).
  21. Posted by Amy on EvThreads. The following text can be read in the drawing: "When I eat pie I get high bum bum peanut spread in my bed... Poe you’re in my soggy underwear... Why oh why did I eat pie... when I say pie you say why oh why... that’s why I’m the best [...]... for your best friend... so that’s why I’m laughing... all Iwanna know is [...] my zoom zoom zoom a in a boom boom...".
  22. Drawing inspired by Imaginary. It was published on "Fallen Scrapbook" in celebration of the tenth anniversary of Fallen.
  23. The Open Door's concept drawing: "I design most of my stage clothes and come up with a lot of the concepts for our music videos and special events. Like the album cover for The Open Door- I sketched the cover, and then had the giant door and the dress made, so we could recreate the drawing in a photo. You need your artwork and look to do the best possible job describing you as you see yourself so that people can get closer to the heart of the music" (Amy Lee via culturecompass.co.uk).
  24. Evanescence logo signed by Amy. It was offered as a prize during a competition. The minimum participation requirement was to have purchased the self-titled album in CD format or on iTunes. There was also a screensaver at stake.
  25. Sketch of the dress worn in the Bring Me to Life.
  26. Corset designed by Amy for the Going Under video.
  27. Sketch for the The Princess Corpse Dress.
  28. Sketch for the The Princess Corpse Dress.
  29. Sketch for the Flag dress. It was first published during the contest organized by The Stashbox. During the contest, fans were asked to choose between the two possible alternatives. The second dress won, and was worn during subsequent concerts.
  30. Sketch for the Flag dress. It was first published during the contest organized by The Stashbox. During the contest, fans were asked to choose between the two possible alternatives. The second dress won, and was worn during subsequent concerts..
  31. Sketch of the dress worn by Amy Lee in the Speak to Me. It was designed by Amy along with her friend Anna Lombardi, costume designer of the song's music video and the related film Voice from the Stone (1).

References

  1. Goodman, William (March 5, 2010). "Exclusive: Amy Lee on the New Evanescence Album". Spin. https://www.spin.com/2010/03/exclusive-amy-lee-new-evanescence-album/.
  2. H., Claire (October 17, 2012). "The Lowdown: Interview with Amy Lee of Evanescence". AltSounds. Archived from the original on November 10, 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20121110082028/http://hangout.altsounds.com/features/153489-lowdown-interview-amy-lee-evanescence.html. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Evanescence: The Future's Endless Possibilities". Black Velvet. February 2013. http://evthreads.proboards.com/post/54801. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  4. "Evanescence's Amy shreads her threads!". Kerrang!. June 9, 2003. Archived from the original on March 14, 2005. http://web.archive.org/web/20050314204408/http://www.kerrang.com/nav?page=kerrang.reviews.artist.news&fixture_artist=416182&fixture_news=414138&resource=414138. Retrieved January 15, 2008.
  5. "Amy Lee – Instant Fashion Profile". MTV News. 2004. Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. http://www.mtv.com/news/grammys/2004/backstage.jhtml?id=amylee&c=7. Retrieved November 7, 2006.
  6. "Amy Lee - VEVO Stylized". YouTube. December 13, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVxr9X24VxE.
  7. Ouellette, Mary (September 2, 2012). "Amy Lee of Evanescence Talks Lyrical Inspiration, Stage Clothes + Using Her Hair as a Prop". Loudwire. http://loudwire.com/amy-lee-of-evanescence-talks-lyrical-inspiration-stage-clothes-using-her-hair-as-a-prop/.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Gibson Guitar "Paint For Pep" Charity Event On Dec. 4". Music Industry News Network. 2004. http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=74391.

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