Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bar Patron # 49 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In the 1400’s Dream and Hob meet in the pub for their regular meeting. They discuss printing and Hob does not believe it will catch on.

This man is one of the bar patrons in the pub during this meeting. This man is playing cards which seems to be a common occurrence in pubs throughout the centuries.

This man appears in Sandman # 13, on page 8, in panel 4.

I really like Lars’ interpretation of this character. It’s not a variation from the published comic and Lars even added the playing card as a reference to the comic.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bar Patron # 38 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Dream and Hob began meeting every hundred years sometime between 1362-1370, developing their friendship over the centuries. In the early 1990’s Dream and Hob meet once again in a pub.

There are a lot of similar conversations and situations happening in 1990 as there were in the 1300’s, showing that some things never change.

Like in previous centuries, there are people playing cards in the pub. This man is playing cards. He appears in Sandman # 13 on page 24 in the first panel.

Max did a great job with this portrait. I think he did a good job reflecting the early 1990’s styles and he did a pretty straightforward interpretation of this bar patron. Although you can’t see it in the scan, Max also put gold highlights on this character. I really like this little detail. This portrait has Max’s signature texture, which really makes this portrait stand out!!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bar Patron # 2 (illustrated by Ron Chan)

As with the previous bar patron, this man was in the pub that Dream and Death visited sometime between 1362-1370.

He appears in Sandman # 13 page 1. He is seen in the lower right corner holding a mug of ale.

When Ron gave this portrait to me he said that he was experimenting with using brown ink instead of his typical color pencil style. I really like the result. It worked well for this character.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bar Patron # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Sometime between 1362-1370, Dream and Death visited a pub in England. Death felt it was important for Dream to visit the mortal realm and experience humanity to understand them a bit better. It was during this visit that Dream first encountered Hob Gadling who was given the gift of immortality and agreed to meet Dream in the same pub in one hundred years time.

This man is one of the bar patrons who is in the pub on the day when Dream met Hob. He appears in Sandman # 13 page 1. He is feeding the dog some table scraps.

This Bar Patron was drawn by Lars Brown. This is a wonderful portrait for such an obscure character in the Sandman universe.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Greek Citizen # 3 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

As people gather for the wedding of Orpheus and Eurydice this woman can be seen talking with a Greek man near one of the temples.

She appears in The Sandman Special # 1, “The Song Of Orpheus,” on page 3, in panel 1.

I like how Max approached this character and I like the colors he chose. The grays and whites used for the character definitely give it a classical feel to the portrait. I think it reminds me of the Greek statues I remember from visiting the Louvre.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Guy Gardner (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Guy Gardner is one of a handful of DC Universe characters to appear in Sandman and, I’ll admit, I am not very familiar with this character.

I know that Guy Gardner is a member of the Green Lantern Corps and of The Justice League.

Within the Sandman Universe, Guy Gardner did not play a significant role. He appeared in one issue and in one panel while Dream is speaking with the Hecateae trying to determine the location of his stolen tools of office.

He appears as a vision in Sandman # 2 on page 23 in panel 5.

When deciding who should draw Guy Gardner, Lars was the obvious choice. Guy Gardner has a specific disposition that I thought Lars would capture…and he did. This is a great portrait and I love what Lars did with his hair…

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Abudah (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Abudah is a mysterious character that appears several times throughout the Sandman series.

He first appears in a single panel of Sandman # 22, standing near Merv Pumpkinhead. He then re-appears in The Kindly Ones and is helping Merv Pumpkinhead move a volcano and later carrying a large box of ammunition for Merv to attack The Kindly Ones with. He later appears at the wake for Morpheus.

Abudah appears in Sandman # 22, 60, 66 and 71 on various pages.

Anna did a fantastic job with Abudah. In The Kindly Ones Abudah appears to be a little...mentally challenged and so it is nice to see that Anna did not take that approach with this character. He’s pretty straightforward and, as always, I like the little details in his face and the pencil lines that hopefully will come through in the portrait you are seeing.