Scottish artist Charles Avery's exceptional draftsmanship and finely tuned representational skills are used to document imaginary worlds of his own invention.
The best-known of these projects, The Islanders, is an ongoing narrative focusing on a fictional island community which, although familiar in many respects, exhibits its own customs, beliefs and an array of truly fantastical wildlife.
Avery has his detractors as well as his champions: a common criticism suggests that his work amounts to little more than illustration (slightly unfair given the neo-narrational nature of his projects in which narrative is central to artistic production).
Nevertheless, Avery's ability to convey the minutiae of his fantasy worlds in vivid detail make him a perfect candidate for this overview of current drawing practice.
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