Did Progressive Rock’s Greatest Artist Inspire Avatar? All Signs Point To Yes…

James Cameron spent years creating Avatar‘s floating islands and crazy dragons, and then an army of concept artists brought them to life. But maybe they had some inspiration from somewhere else? Like classic album-cover artist Roger Dean? Behold the evidence…

Chances are, if you’ve looked at a weirdshistic record cover by Yes, Asia or other bands, you’ve admired Roger Dean’s paintings of surreal landscapes. If you’ve ever seen all good people turn their heads each day, then you’re already a Dean fan.

Connor Freff Cochran, founder of Conlan Press (which is busy putting out a bunch of Peter S. Beagle books, hosting Beagle’s 52/50 poetry subscription service, and putting out art books) contacted us and suggested that Avatar‘s lush moon might have gained some inspiration from Dean. And when you look at Dean’s artwork and compare it to the concept art we posted the other day, it’s hard not to see the resemblance.

All of this makes me want to rent Avatar (when it’s released on DVD) and see if I can sync it up with YesSongs.

[blog first posted at io9chick here to see original article and more images]

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