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.
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