There is so much more to writing than putting words on a page, especially when you are creating not only worlds, but all the characters within them. The ability to draw has enabled Lee to create alien creatures on paper well before they hit the page, and both L.E Horn and Ellie have tapped into an artist's anatomical studies to envision how a human could ever morph into a beast. “Drawing them before writing about them allows an author to see how they would move, express themselves, and interact with each other and the different beings they encounter.” The artwork didn't end with paper, fibre, and canvas. It carried over to the creation of all the graphics required for book covers and advertising. Those were done via manipulating stock photos with computer graphics software, but the eye of the artist had to guide the process in order to bring the characters to life. Regardless of the process, all the art reflects the connection between people and the earth—in particular between people and animals, whether they be real or mythical in nature. Like the stories themselves, the art transports the viewer to other worlds. By appreciating what fantasy has to offer, we can better connect to the world in which we all live.
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