We interrupt your regularly scheduled Media Monday post to bring you the long awaited second part of Out of the Parc Designs blog on The Crafty Narwhal!
Those of you who read my mom's blog about Jennifer Lynas know that she creates the most adorable things for babies and kids. Part of what she does is what I do best: Toys! Jennifer's specialty appears to be the "lovey" a type of stuffed animal with a doll's head attached to a small blanket. These are very popular with little ones as the perfect combo of toy and security blanket.
While in college, I learned that I was what was known as a "visual learner", meaning I learn best with pictures. It explained a whoooole lot about my favorite books. My favorite picture books and fantasies had bold illustrations, by classic illustrators like Kay Neilsen, Trina Schart Hyman, and Mercer Mayer. My favorite cartoon characters and cartoonists where visually striking and different from what anyone expected. All of these folded into what Avalon's art style became.
I have worked exclusively with three artists, my brother Ian, and our mutual friends Mia and Mirriam. (You've seen Mirriam's art in earlier installments of Writing Wednesday). Each of these people have a very different style to their art. Ian is a cartoonist in the mold of Jack Kirby. Mia has an edge to her work, almost like a graffiti artist with cyber punk influence. Mirriam is a traditional fantasy artist similar to Arthur Rackham and Kay Neilsen. All three have contributed to the visual aesthetics of the world of Avalon.
The following is a collection of important art pieces and film stills that formed the visual world of Avalon, along with illustrations by the artists I've worked with.
I'm sure its no secret that I love fairy tales. I can look across my room at any time to look at my collection of fairy tale books and novels, many of them older than myself by decades, and one is almost one hundred years old. If you give me enough time, I can even recite timelines, tracking fairy tales to their earliest origins, usually in some obscure corner of mythology. For instance, did you know that "Beauty and the Beast" is most likely descended from the myth of Cupid and Psyche? See? A million weird facts.
Now, I'm an anime "Noob". Until recently I pretty much ignored the genre, a prejudice left over from my childhood. It looked unfinished, there was too much magic, and what's with those eyes!? As time went on though, I discovered that perhaps I was wrong. Some of the aesthetic choices still don't make a ton of sense, like the bright colored hair and big eyes, but I discovered that anime is more about the characters and story than it is about the art. Of course, there are exceptions, like Hayao Miyazaki's films, but on the whole, anime is about characters and story, more than anything else... perhaps that's why I like what little I watch! Here are my top five anime characters and why they rock!
Number 1: Sophie Hatter from "Howl's Moving Castle".
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