WILL EISNER GRAPHIC NOVEL ORIGINAL ART:
WILL EISNER. Title/date/description: Preliminary drawing and finished art for the 3rd
page of "Smellbound,"
page 43 in City People Notebook (1989); a 3-piece lot
The respective layouts of the pencil and
finished art are fairly close, but it's fun to see the small
compositional changes Eisner made when re-pencilling and inking
his final art. We are offering the matching pairs because many
collectors like to frame related pieces together.
Size/medium/condition: The underlying roughs of the preliminary drawing
are in blue pencil with tighter black pencil lines on top, on
8.5 x 11 inch white paper. The final art is drawn in pen, brush
& ink on an 11 x 14 inch Bristol board, with some blue pencil
guide lines still visible. Not pictured here, but included in
the lot, is Eisner's transparent vellum overlay on which he has
drawn in ink the areas where "20% B.D." (Benday) gray
tones were to be incorporated into his image in the printing
process. (See the published City People page for the combined
effect). There are small pieces of white tape with registration
marks on the extreme corners, well outside the image area, and
small applications of White-Out in three panels. Eisner's inventory
rubber stamp and handwritten title is on the reverse side.
Excellent condition. Price: $1,700
(lot of 3 pieces)
to be from the Will Eisner estate, which this agency exclusively
represents. Comes with signed Bill of Sale.