|Denslow drawing for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz|
|Neill drawing for Tik-Tok of Oz|
Here's the good news: it's possible to find original art within practically any collector's budget. And even the humblest piece will be rarer than the book. After all, each piece of original art is unique. And if you don't care whether the picture actually appeared in a book, then the possibilities are nearly endless.
As someone who is primarily interested in collecting books, I always keep in mind that any money I spend on art is money that's not available to purchase books. Even so, I am pleased to have acquired about a dozen pieces of original Oz art. The highlights of my collection are pieces by Michael Herring, Eric Shanower, Melody Grandy, Isabelle Melançon, and Joe Shipbaugh.
|Herring study for The Giant Horse of Oz|
|Herring's handwritten notes on the back of the study|
|Original Michael Herring painting & cover to The Giant Horse of Oz (not to scale)|
|Original drawing by Skottie Young & page from the comic book (not to scale)|
|Eric Shanower inscription and sketch of the Shaggy Man on the front free endpaper of my copy of the Marvel Comics graphic novel The Road to Oz|
|Portrait of Dorothy Gale by Eric Shanower|
I don't have any published art by Eric, but he did inscribe my copy of the Marvel Comics graphic novel The Road to Oz together with a sketch of the Shaggy Man. I also own a lovely unpublished drawing by Eric of Dorothy Gale. As you can see from the way he drew her, Eric's vision of Oz is strongly influenced by John R. Neill. This particular piece reminds me of the way Neill drew Dorothy in Ozma of Oz.
|Melody Grandy's original drawing of Zim & Jinnicky|
|Melody's drawing reproduced in the book|
I have another original drawing from Namesake, a webcomic that is drawn by Isabelle Melançon and written by Megan Lavey-Heaton. Namesake also is available in book form. The drawing is the cover to Chapter 3 of Book 1 and shows Princess Ozma and another character from the Namesake alternate universe. (If you like Namesake, then you may want to check out the Spring 2013 Baum Bugle, since that issue showcases Isabelle's art in the inaugural column of "The Oz Illustrator.")
|Original drawing for Namesake (left) & published version from Book 1 (right)|
|Portraits of the Scarecrow and Jack Pumpkinhead by Joe Shipbaugh|