Did British artist Roger Dean get any credit for what is clearly an extension of his own imaginative works from the 1970's?
(Note - the remote access images sometimes do not load - so use the links)
"The above image is one of the best concept art images released to date for James Cameron’s Avatar. The image is by artist Dylan Cole"
|Floating Mountains - from Avatar||Flying Creature - from Avatar|
|Floating Jungle is the picture created by Roger for the Yes box set "In a Word: Yes (1969 - )".||Flights of Icarus, one of the images from the worlds of Roger Dean's Floating Islands|
|Now, I would have bought my original copy of Roger Dean's book 'Views' pretty close to when it was first published in 1975. I started art school just about that point, and I know that volume of illustrations, album covers and concept designs, had a profound effect on my own developing style. (If you are interested, check the profile of my 'Riverdale' metalwork style and the influences that I drew on.)|
Nothing comes out of a vacuum, I would be the first to admit. But those who are familiar with the striking set of covers for the British band Yes illustrated by Dean over the early 70's can not fail to see the outright duplication of ideas, lines - even colours.
When LIFE imitates art, that can be amazing.
When ART imitates ART, well, there is another word for it...
PS - I would recommend readers to take a look at Roger Dean's own web site at : www.rogerdean.com
Addition : 1/21/10
In the month since I first posted this piece, a couple of things of note have happened:
First, I have gone and seen AVATAR, and quite enjoyed it. I published my review of the film in general as 'Avatar (yet another) Review'.
Second, there has been this weird and massive increase of readers. An increase of something like 3 X the number of readers in the last month. Admittedly, most of them starting right at the piece you see here. I can only hope any of you parachuting in on the Avatar target might take a look at some of the other offerings. If you are a fantasy film buff, you might find my work on objects for Outlander of some interest. (If you are *really* interested, search above for 'Outlander', there are a good half dozen plus posts altogether.)
Third, I would suggest you take a look at the comments (below) from other readers related to this topic. Seems I'm hardly the only one who noticed the similarity to Dean's work. And no, there was no mention of Roger Dean in the film end credits (I sat through them all). According on one comment, Cameron quite specifically denied that Dean was a source of any inspiration.
I have drawn most of the images directly from the official web sites containing them. The bottom image was scanned from the cover of Dean's second volume of work - 'Magnetic Storm'.