“Happy Chap, Elric.”

P. Craig Russell art from "The Dreaming City"

As we scan the original hand-colored art for “The Dreaming City” we’ll also be posting a few sample pages here with notes from Craig.

P. CRAIG RUSSELL:

On this page, Elric sneaks into Imyyr. This bit of narrative gave me a chance to do one of my favorite types of scene in which a single character wanders through a landscape that reflects his inner self. In this case its full of thorny overhang, poison berries, and a bleak autumnal landscape leading to a doorless wall. Happy chap, Elric.

“Plays Well With Others”

The Dreaming City, Page 58

As we scan the original hand-colored art for “The Dreaming City” we’ll also be posting a few sample pages here with notes from Craig.

P. CRAIG RUSSELL:

Panel 4 is ‘the’ panel on this page. I had a mirror on the wall beside my drawing board and used that to pose myself with a number of ‘occult’ hand gestures. I translated those gestures into a group of thumbnail sketches which I then had my current Elric model act out. It’s one of those panels that ‘plays well with others’ while standing on its own as an iconographic character image.

The Dreaming City Original Art

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P. CRAIG RUSSELL: Back down to OSU today to retrieve the art to the Elric story The Dreaming City. Scanning it for a new edition from Titan Books in England. More art I haven’t seen in almost 25 years. Deep storage has certainly kept the color vibrant and the box was filled with sketches and related material I’d completely forgotten about.

Medusa Original Art Reward

P. Craig Russell poses with his original "Medusa" art

Here’s Craig with his original “Medusa” art—just one of our original art rewards for the Ariane & Bluebeard color restoration campaign. Two more are in the works and we think that folks will like the choice of characters.

The Ariane & Bluebeard Artifact Prints and Folios are freshly signed and numbered and will start shipping out next week. Backers will receive a tracking number via email when their package ships. Stay tuned for more updates!

Back From Columbus

Jungle Book original art

P. CRAIG RUSSELL:

Columbus, Ohio. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at OSU. This is the original art for my Jungle Book stories, The King’s Ankus and Red Dog, which I haven’t seen in close to 25 years. I retrieved it for Wayne Alan Harold and it’s the subject of our next color restoration project.

Anatomy Of A Cover

Cover Designs

P. CRAIG RUSSELL: Just sent a jpeg of these covers to my art director at Harper Collins to plead my case for a similar format for the upcoming single volume edition of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book graphic novel. With so many artist credits to be listed on the cover I’m suggesting there be no distracting art behind the many names. We’ll see.