Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Party Girl # 4 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Endless Nights, four people are joined together by a common thread, having visited Delirium’s realm.

Delirium has a way of creeping into people and, in Endless Nights four people are drawn to each other because of Delirium’s influence over their lives.

One of these people is a writer who is chronicling the adventures of Nicholas Sky-boy and his rebel forces. If he does not continue to write about these boys he believes they will be lost in Hell forever, being tortured by demons.

One of these adventures entails Nicholas and the Sky-Boys leading an attack on Lord Kiss-&-Shah of Hell and the Party Girls.

This is one of the Party Girls.

She appears in Endless Nights, in “Going Inside” on page 8 in panel 2.

Kai did an exceptional job with this Party Girl. Not only did he capture the bizarre and violent nature of this character but he used cool soothing colors that contrast the intensity of her posture and expression. I would have expected a lot of reds to be used, but Kai’s choice of colors give us a conflicting emotional response to this character. I like that contrast.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Man # 137 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Dream is captured by Roderick Burgess who was attempting to capture Death. Dream is kept in a glass prison for nearly 72 years.

In 1988, Dream finds the opportunity to escape and pretends to be dead. The two security guards summon Paul McGuire and a group of men loyal to Alex Burgess and to the Burgess empire.

These men stood outside the glass prison contemplating their next move.

This man is one of the men with Paul McGuire and Burgess’ guards on the fateful evening when the King Of Dreams escaped his prison cell.

This man appears in Sandman # 1, on page 27, in panel 5.

I really like this portrait from Max. In the published comic, this man is standing behind a group of other men and his face is almost entirely obscured. Max took this character and fleshed him out a bit, giving him a full face to identify with. The starkness of the black on white is awesome. It has a very specific feel to it, and I can’t quite place my finger on it. I also really like the fractured appearance of this portrait.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Island Spirit # 2 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In the final issue of Sandman, we see William Shakespeare writing his last play for Morpheus and the final play of his career.

He writes a speech in which Prospero recounts the imprisonment of Ariel.

“Refusing her grand hests, she did confine thee,
by help of her more potent ministers
and in her most unmitigable rage,
into a cloven pine,
within which rift
imprisoned though didst painfully remain
a dozen years."

This imprisonment is similar to that of Morpheus at the hands of Roderick Burgess, more than 400 years later.

This Island Spirit appears in Sandman # 75, on page 17, in panel 1 and is a reflection from the imagination of Shakespeare as he writes the play.

I love this portrait from Lars. This Island Spirit is so incredibly cute. I like his small stature and his oversized mustache. I also like how he is, so proudly, pounding on the drums. This is a truly wonderful portrait and is one of my favorites Lars has done so far.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Ship Passenger # 1 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Wesley Dodds travels to England in hopes of unraveling the mystery surrounding the death of his friend Linus Benchley.

He travels by ship and this man is one of the passengers that disembarks the ship in London along with Dodds.

He appears in Sandman Midnight Theatre on page 12, in panel 2.

This character is obscured by the London fog as he leaves the ship and so it was up to Anna to flesh out the character. She did an awesome job with this portrait. I love her design for this character. When looking at this character I feel that there is a story hidden behind his eyes and I just can’t make it out. This character is pretty obscure and yet Anna’s portrait makes me want to know more about him and why he is in London.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Newspaper Salesman (illustrated by Max Ruger)

One evening, Richard Madoc, a celebrated author, was confronted by Dream who demanded the release of his prisoner, Calliope. When Madoc refused, his life began to spiral out of control.

On his way to a party, Richard stopped by a newspaper stand to buy a Time Out and Standard. The newspaper salesman recognized him from the television.

The first ideas began crashing through his mind as he attempted to buy the paper.

This is the newspaper salesman who witnessed Richard Madoc’s first moments of his severe inundation of ideas.

He appears in Sandman # 17, on page 19, in panel 1.

This is a great portrait from Max. I love the detailed line work on this character’s face. It adds a significant amount of realism to the character. I also really like that Max used torn up newspapers for the background. It’s a nice addition that works incredibly well with this character.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Cat # 12 (illustrated by Mike DeCarlo)

In Dream Of A Thousand Cats, a group of cats are called to a gathering, in a cemetery, to listen to the tale of a wise storyteller cat who recounts her visit with the King Of Dreams.

This is one of the cats that attended the gathering.

This cat appears in Sandman # 18, on page 5.

This is a great portrait from Mike. This cat reminds me of how cats were depicted in Halloween decorations from the 1950’s, which is something I really like. I like that he also drew the cat’s whiskers. Not many people do that and it’s not until I noticed them that I realized that they are often absent in drawings of cats.

Here is Cat # 12…

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mummy # 3 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Sorry for not posting for the past few days. I have been completely swamped with both work and scanning more absolutely fantastic portraits. Over the last week I've gotten a pretty large number of portraits that I am incredibly excited to start sharing with you. There are some that are breathtakingly gorgeous!!!

Today we feature a new portrait from Anna....

In Worlds’ End, Petrefax retells a story of his experience at an air burial.

According to the rituals of an air burial, each member of the funeral party tell a tale.

Master Hermas tells a true story from his youth when he and Klaproth were apprentices under Mistress Veltis.

When Veltis was an apprentice she accidentally broke a flask of preserving fluid. She was ashamed and ran and hid from her master. She chose the catacombs beneath the city as her hiding place. In the catacombs she travelled a path she had never taken before, passing a wall of mummies, and eventually finding herself in a huge room with six cerements hanging in that room.

This is one of the mummies that she passed on her decent into the catacombs.

This mummy appears in Sandman # 55, on page 20, in panel 3.

This is a pretty straightforward and awesome portrait from Anna. I really like the details of the bandages. I like that they are not necessarily uniform and the shading along the edges gives a realistic feel to the aging cloth. I also really like the blackness that Anna used for the background. It really accents the starkness of the character.