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Friday, June 01, 2007

Craig Hamilton Week, Part 5: Original Sketch

sgWhat, really, can I add to this? This is the gorgeous piece Craig did for my sketchbook.

When I opened up the package and saw this, I was flabbergasted. As good as this looks here, it looks even better in person--the colors are vibrant, and it has that faint smell of pastels that I remember so well. How Craig drew so far into the spine of the book is something I'll never know. He also drew some whales on the back of the left hand page, giving the thing a design-y, sequential feel.

As Craig said about it: "
Since the sketchbook already had sketches by Nick Cardy, Ramona Fradon and Jim Aparo, I felt like I had to give it my best shot." And he did--this piece is so beautiful that I'm having a hard time picturing myself handing the book over to another artist at a con, I've become so protective of the thing. Now that the book has Cardy, Fradon, Aparo, and Hamilton, it's quite literally priceless.

For a bigger shot of the piece and Craig's other beautiful commission work, check out his Comic Art Fans page here!

I thank Craig so much for his fine work on the 1986 mini-series (and with it his incomparable contribution to the history of Aquaman), his taking time out for the interview, and last but not least the sketch. Hopefully our paths will cross at the next NYC Con, and if we do, the first beer's on me!

Update! A little more research has uncovered some additional AquaItems drawn by the estimable Mr.Hamilton, so we will be able to extend our "Craig Hamilton Week" a few days more, culminating in an AquaPetition you can download, sign, and mail out to DC Comics to get them to reprint the 1986 mini-series!


Anonymous said...

Holy Crap! That is one of the most beautiful "sketches" I have ever seen! I love the light blues of the background whales.

I am just in awe!

Anonymous said...


That is beautiful. So well executed. Hamilton is a master, and we don't see his work often enough.


Anonymous said...

Well, after a week of Hamilton, I'm sold. I just found the original Aquaman mini-series on EBay and it's now on it's way to me.

I can't wait to read it!

Dixon said...

Unbelievable. This piece is stunning, absolutely stunning. That's all there is to say. Your sketch book is, indeed, priceless.

Scurvy said...

Wow. I truly envy you now. This piece is simply amazing. I am a big fan of the camo suit, and the fact that he chose this version (his own) as an offering for the sketch is too cool. It's beautiful.