Sunday, February 7, 2016

Amida Buddha (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Outside of the Sandman universe there is a very rich history of Buddha that is worth checking out here.

Amida Buddha is the primary figure in Buddhism and according to their beliefs, Amitabha was a king who renounced this throne after discovering Buddhist teachings.

Within the Sandman universe, Amida Buddha is mentioned briefly in Dream Hunters as the monk prays for the life of the Fox.

This occurs in Dream Hunters, on page 62, 64 and 65. This also happens in the P Craig Russell version of Dream Hunters in issue # 2, on page25.

Max did an awesome job with this portrait. His approach is pretty straightforward, but his choice of colors and his addition of details make this portrait really stand out. I love the line work that he used around the face of Buddha. Each line feels perfectly placed.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Worlds’ End Patron # 34 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In Worlds’ End, Brant Tucker wanders lost, between stories being told to pass the time.

As the storm grows more fierce, lightning strikes outside the inn. This small creature is frightened by the thunder and lightning.

He appears in Sandman # 55, on page 1 in panel 7.

Carl took a very subdued approach to this character. His eyes are very large and expressive. He’s clearly frightened. I really like how Carl drew this character’s mouth. It gives the character a lot of personality.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Man At Wanda’s Funeral # 2 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Barbie attended Wanda’s funeral in Kansas. There was a small gathering of people there to support Wanda’s parents, who did not approve of Wanda’s lifestyle.

This man is one of the men at the funeral.

He appears in Sandman # 37, on page 16, panel 4.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sky-Boy # 2 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In ”Going Inside,” the Deliriuim story from Endless Nights, there is a writer who is affected by Delirium’s imbalance. He writes stories about the Sky-Boys and their battle with Lord Kiss-&-Shah Of Hell and his army of Party Girls.

This is one of the Sky-Boys.

He appears on page 8 of “Going Inside.” This Sky-Boy is the dead boy on the left side of the page.

I didn’t know how Kai would approach this character. I told him that he did not need to draw him as he was in the published comic, dead, because I can understand a dead child being disturbing, but Kai went at it and did a fantastic portrait. I love the cracked helmet and the darkness of the blood on his face. It’s a pretty disturbing portrait.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Mechanical Bird (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Baghdad, in the time of Haroun al Raschid, there were many wonders and splendors.

One of those marvels is mechanical creations that can sing and move when spoken to.

This Mechanical Bird is one of the amazing creations that exist in Baghdad.

It can be seen in Sandman # 50, on page 4, in panel 6.

This is an absolutely amazing portrait from Max. The details and line work on this character are amazing and the coloring of the bird gives it the appearance that it’s made from metal. I love the small details like the bolts. It adds a realismto the portrait. Once again, Max’s use of paper for the backgrounds gives a unique texture to the portrait that compliments the character nicely.

Max also drew a sketch of the Mechanical Bird on the back of the portrait. I'm including it here because...well, I like it and it's I feel that it's worth seeing an alternate version of this bird.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Presidential Messenger # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Worlds’ End Brant Tucker wanders the halls and encounters a Seeker while trying to find his way back to Charlene.

The Seeker is searching for an alternate version of America where Prez Rickard was the President of The United States before Ronald Reagan.

He recounted the life and legacy of Prez Rickard to Brant from his extraordinary childhood to his adulthood, where he became the youngest President of The United States, to the tragic death of Kathy, the love of his life.

After the Death of Kathy, Prez felt lost and, while he finished out his presidential term his heart was not in it like it had been previously.

Once his term ended he retired to Steadfast where he lived as a child. He spent his time in seclusion repairing clocks. The people of America felt the effects of Prez no longer being President. Things were not necessarily bad, but they were just not as good any more. The Golden Age of America was over.

Three Presidential Messengers came to visit Prez and asked him to come out of retirement and be an advisor. Prez graciously told them no and sent them away.

This man is one of the Presidential Messengers who spoke with Prez Rickard.

He appears in Sandman # 54, on page 17, in panel 3.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Strip Club Patron # 10 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In Brief Lives, Dream and Delirium travel the waking world in hopes of finding their missing brother, Destruction. Their travels lead them to a strip club called Suffragette City, where the goddess Ishtar dances.

This man is one of the people who is at Suffragette City watching Ishtar, Tiffany and the other dancers perform. He is near the front of the stage as Ishtar quickly leaves the stage when Dream, Delirium and Matthew enter the club.

He appears in Sandman # 45 page 17 in panel 1.