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A 250+ page hardcover book featuring the crème de la crème of drawings from acclaimed illustrator P. Craig Russell's sketchbooks.
A 250+ page hardcover book featuring the crème de la crème of drawings from acclaimed illustrator P. Craig Russell's sketchbooks.
A 250+ page hardcover book featuring the crème de la crème of drawings from acclaimed illustrator P. Craig Russell's sketchbooks.
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A quick (but important) reminder that we are publishing this hardcover book independently—it will not be available at a lower price in the future via Amazon, other publishers, retailers, etc. Only your pledge and/or sharing can make it a reality.

What People Are Saying

"But the implicit kicker in this Kickstarted volume is that these are the sketches that have informed his finished work over the years. In the book you’ll find highly recognizable genesis-points for characters and specific storytelling moments that are bound to make you feel like an insider in those moments of creation."

"It’s kind of like uncovering buried treasure to get a hold of this book, no doubt, and it’s also a wonderful way to preserve Russell’s work and get it into the hands of enthusiasts, art students, and scholars of the medium."

Read the complete article at the following:

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/07/11/wouldnt-you-want-a-massive-archive-of-p-craig-russells-sketches/

About the Artist

After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on KILLRAVEN and DR. STRANGE, P. Craig Russell went on to become one of the pioneers in opening new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Strauss (SALOME) and Wagner (THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG). 

Russell is considered by most fans to be the definitive artist of the comics version of Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné and has also created stellar visualizations of characters as diverse as Doctor Strange, Batman, The Sandman, Death, Conan, Hellboy and The Spirit. He has also adapted and beautifully illustrated five volumes of THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE. 

Some of his most acclaimed work has been with Newbery award-winning writer Neil Gaiman, first on the landmark 50th issue of THE SANDMAN for DC Comics/Vertigo, then with widely-seen graphic novel adaptations of Gaiman's MURDER MYSTERIES, CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

The Sketchbook Archives

Now, for the first time, we're drawing back the curtain for a look at this amazing artist's sketchbooks, beautifully reproduced in THE P. CRAIG RUSSELL SKETCHBOOK ARCHIVES!

This epic hardcover volume gives you an as-yet-unseen look at the master artist's actual drawing process with figure studies, character designs, expression and gesture studies and more. Every stunning illustration is meticulously scanned from Craig's personal, private sketchbooks, and the artist himself provides illuminating background information and notes.

We're planning for the book to be over 250 pages, approximately 11" by 8.5" dimension-wise (landscape-formatted), with a matte-laminated hardcover. 

Three hardcover editions are being offered

1. The "Standard Edition" is just as it sounds—the hardcover book itself.

2. The "Signature Edition" includes a special bookplate that is personally signed by P. Craig Russell.

3. The "Sketch Edition" includes a different bookplate that is both SIGNED and NUMBERED by the artist—in addition to an ORIGINAL SKETCH by P. Craig Russell. The sketch will be a head shot of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde. You will also have the option of having Craig draw it on a separate piece of paper, or in the book itself. This Kickstarter-exclusive Sketch Edition will be limited to no more than 100 copies.

Whether you're an artist, aspiring artist, or just an avid art lover, you'll be sure to treasure THE P. CRAIG RUSSELL SKETCHBOOK ARCHIVES for decades to come. 

Sketchbook Samples

Book Samples

Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final, pencilled form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.
Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final, pencilled form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.
Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final, pencilled form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.
Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final, pencilled form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.
Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.
Sample layout showing sketchbook material alongside the imagery in its final form. The finished book will also have background notes by P. Craig Russell on almost every page.

The Fine Art Prints

Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!
Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!
Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!
Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!
Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!
Any package with a Fine Art Print option includes your choice of prints!

 Original Art Rewards

Tier #6 includes original "Aeon" art by P. Craig Russell!
Tier #6 includes original "Aeon" art by P. Craig Russell!
Tier #7 includes an original "Ant-Man" page by P. Craig Russell!
Tier #7 includes an original "Ant-Man" page by P. Craig Russell!
Tier #8 includes an original "Iron Wolf" page by Mike Mignola (pencils) and P. Craig Russell (inks)!
Tier #8 includes an original "Iron Wolf" page by Mike Mignola (pencils) and P. Craig Russell (inks)!
Tier #9 includes an original "Doctor Strange" page by P. Craig Russell!
Tier #9 includes an original "Doctor Strange" page by P. Craig Russell!

Risks and challenges

Printing a hardcover book of this size is very expensive, both for the actual printing and for the overseas shipping—via ocean liner—from China. The latter shipping alone takes an estimated five weeks.

Our costs to ship even a single heavy book back out to our non-U.S. backers is also very expensive, so we do have to charge extra for shipping outside of the continental U.S.A. We hope that our overseas friends will understand that we have no control over that unfortunate reality.

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    A digital download of 12 beautiful P. Craig Russell "sketch drawing" wallpapers for your computer.

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    Wallpapers + eBook: The wallpapers PLUS a digital download of THE P. CRAIG RUSSELL SKETCHBOOK ARCHIVES in DRM-free, PDF format.

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    Wallpapers + eBook + Book + Print: All of the previous PLUS a beautiful BRUNHILDE Giclée print! Image size is approximately 18" high with a white border on all sides This fine art Giclée is printed with archival UltraChrome inks on 100% cotton acid-free rag paper. All prints will be personally signed by P. Craig Russell.

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    Wallpapers + eBook + Book + Bookplate + Sketch: All of the previous PLUS an ORIGINAL SKETCH by P. Craig Russell! Image size will be approximately 6 by 9" and will be a head shot sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde! This package also includes the special LIMITED EDITION of THE P. CRAIG RUSSELL SKETCHBOOK ARCHIVES hardcover with a BOOKPLATE that is SIGNED AND NUMBERED by P. Craig Russell! This ORIGINAL SKETCH EDITION is limited to 100 copies. (This tier does not include the fine art print—if you would like to add the signed print, please select Tier #5.)

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    Wallpapers + eBook + Book + Print + Bookplate + Sketch: All of the previous PLUS an ORIGINAL SKETCH by P. Craig Russell! Image size will be approximately 6 by 9" and will be a head shot sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde! This package also includes the special LIMITED EDITION of THE P. CRAIG RUSSELL SKETCHBOOK ARCHIVES hardcover with a BOOKPLATE that is SIGNED AND NUMBERED by P. Craig Russell! This ORIGINAL SKETCH EDITION is limited to 100 copies.

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    TIER #6

    Wallpapers + eBook + Sketch Edition with Original Sketch + All Three Prints + Original Art: It's the whole shebang! All of the digital goods, the signed & numbered Sketch Edition of the Sketchbook Archives with the original sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde, ALL THREE signed Fine Art Prints PLUS a page of ORIGINAL ART by P. Craig Russell! This reward includes original "Aeon" art by P. Craig Russell—see the scan to the left. Image size is 5 X 7 on larger board. A beautiful piece of original comic art!

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    TIER #7

    Wallpapers + eBook + Sketch Edition with Original Sketch + All Three Prints + Original Art: It's the whole shebang! All of the digital goods, the signed & numbered Sketch Edition of the Sketchbook Archives with the original sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde, ALL THREE signed Fine Art Prints PLUS a page of ORIGINAL ART by P. Craig Russell! This reward includes an original "Ant-Man" page by P. Craig Russell—see the scan to the left. CLASSIC Marvel Comics from the 1970s and one of Craig's earliest mainstream comics pages. A beautiful piece of original comic art!

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    Wallpapers + eBook + Sketch Edition with Original Sketch + All Three Prints + Original Art: It's the whole shebang! All of the digital goods, the signed & numbered Sketch Edition of the Sketchbook Archives with the original sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde, ALL THREE signed Fine Art Prints PLUS a page of ORIGINAL ART by P. Craig Russell! This reward includes an original "Ironwolf" page with pencils by the great Mike Mignola and inks by Craig—see the scan to the left. A beautiful piece of original comic art!

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    Wallpapers + eBook + Sketch Edition with Original Sketch + All Three Prints + Original Art: It's the whole shebang! All of the digital goods, the signed & numbered Sketch Edition of the Sketchbook Archives with the original sketch of your choice of The Sandman, Elric or Brunhilde, ALL THREE signed Fine Art Prints PLUS a page of ORIGINAL ART by P. Craig Russell! This reward includes an original "Doctor Strange" page by P. Craig Russell—see the scan to the left. CLASSIC Marvel Comics from the 1970s and one of Craig's earliest mainstream comics pages. A beautiful piece of original comic art!

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