P. CRAIG RUSSELL: “Fast Then, To The East:” Sieglinde in the Forest. A new original art reward for one of our crowdfunding campaigns. Our generous backer allowed me to choose the subject, which let me return to The Ring of the Nibelung—a nearly bottomless well of visual possibilities. Sieglinde, fleeing the wrath of Woton, makes her way through the eastern forest, a place Woton hates; the home of Fafnir the dragon who guards the gold and the ring of power. Sieglinde, already pregnant with Siegfried, clutches the shattered sword fragments to her belly—the fragments that Siegfried will one day reforge into his sword, Nothing.
The new Batman drawing (left) is the second part of a two panel diptych. I didn’t start out meaning to do that, but after doing a Catwoman illustration as part of an original art reward, I started thinking of the Batman image and realized that it would be going to the same contributor. I pictured Batman standing over Gotham City and wondered what he might be looking at . . . then I remembered the large studio window behind Catwoman. I decided he’d be looking down on that, making the two panels relate to one another. So I went back into the completed Catwoman piece and—on a rooftop in the distance—I added a tiny silhouetted figure of the Batman. Ultimately, the two became parts of a whole.
P. CRAIG RUSSELL: Two pages of just completed layouts for issue #13 of American Gods. Ready to be sent off to Rick Parker for lettering. Although of necessity I always end up editing out about 50% of the original novel’s text, it’s wonderful having source material of this quality to work with.
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WAYNE ALAN HAROLD: Currently in the midst of preserving/restoring Craig’s’s hand-colored Jungle Book art from the early 80s. Image 1 shows the extensive “mottling” that has occurred with the elephant statue’s coloring—a lot of the original coloring is physically rotting in a similar manner. Image 2 shows the restored color combined with line art that’s newly scanned from the original inked pages.
We’ll be publishing a “Restoration Edition” of the color Jungle Book stories after we’re through with our line of oversized “Fine Art Editions”—more info on the latter is at https://igg.me/at/pcrjunglebook/x/718844