Please look to the pitch document for inspiration (see "Attachments" section). The art should be inspired by and rooted in what is laid out there, but you do not need to draw an image specifically described in the document. I do not have a set image or style in mind for this so please feel free to let your creativity run wild. The time period is late 1800s and the location is Montana — this is the Old West as seen in Western films like those of John Ford and Sergio Leone. However, it will not be a straight historical piece as it will incorporate elements from African-American folktales and Native American mythology, which more closely aligns this with the “weird west” genre.
The hero, Mary Fields (aka Stagecoach Mary), must be present in the art. She is the first African-American to work for the U.S. Post Office and should be depicted as mid 30s to mid 40s in age. The photos in the pitch document are of the real Mary, but from much later in her life— if you’d like to use those as inspiration to draw a younger version of her you may, but it is not a requirement. There should be an epic quality to her. A ferocity and athleticism that could take down a cowboy or bandit, while also maintaining femininity. Perhaps think of the Amazons from Greek mythology/art which could provide some inspiration (although please do not turn her into a sex symbol).
In terms of the look and style of the art overall the only requirement is that it should be for an 18-35 demographic and not unnecessarily violent looking, but edgier than your average animated content. I don’t want to limit your imagination or creativity so I will just provide a few loose prompts for inspiration, but please do not feel required to follow this path. If the document inspires you in another direction follow it! Think about if Miyazaki grew up in the Old West instead of Japan. Think particularly about the way he uses what is around him and is inspired by nature and how his wild imagination interacts with that and ultimately pushes beyond the ordinary. Use Montana, imagery from the American frontier, and Western films/television. However, please remember it shouldn’t be strictly historical. There is a magic that goes beyond the logical, much like most of Miyazaki’s work. If not directly apparent in the visuals, the style should be influenced by myth and folklore (the Old West, African-American folklore, Native American mythology, etc). There should be that element there, or at least a hint of its presence. And, perhaps most importantly, this story is told from a different perspective than the westerns we've grown accustomed to seeing-- Mary is a black woman not only surviving in a brutal and unfair American frontier, but flourishing.