Did Prog Rock's Greatest Artist Inspire Avatar? All Signs Point To YesCharlie Jane Anders12/14/09 1:37pmFiled to: AvatarConcept ArtRoger deanscifi artScience-fiction artDesignJames CameronYesAsiaTop1402EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkJames 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.