Monday, April 27, 2015

Ruthven (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Ruthven is one of the residents of The Dreaming. He is always seen with a woman who I call The Dutchess. He is seen primarily in The Kindly Ones, but does appear on one page of Brief Lives as well.

In The Kindly Ones, he becomes a victim of the Kindly One’s wrath and is seen dead being eaten by one of the Ravens.

In the Wake, he has been resurrected by Daniel and is seen, once again, with The Dutchess.

There is very little known about Ruthven despite the fact that he is a very prominent reoccurring background character.

Ruthven appears in Sandman # 49 on page 14, Sandman # 58 on page 18, Sandman # 66 on page 14, and Sandman # 71 page 3.

Max did an exceptional job with this portrait. I love the details Max put into this character. The line work is awesome on this character, giving the fur a realistic look. Max also added bits of magazine and tape to this portrait adding texture to this portrait. I really like this portrait! I know I say this often, but this is one of my favorites that Max has done at this point.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lord Strange’s Men Troupe Member # 9 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

On June 23rd 1593, William Shakespeare and The Lord Strange’s Men acting troupe go to Wilmington, England near The Long Man of Wilmington to perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the first time.

This unnamed man is one of the members of Lord Strange’s Men and is waiting to discover which part he is going to be playing for this memorable performance

This actor appears in Sandman # 19, on page 9, in panel 1.

This is a fantastic portrait by Anna. I love the roundness of his face and his delightful expression. He seems very happy and is obviously excited to be a member of the acting troupe.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Undercut Patron # 7 (illustrated by John Carmine)

In Death: The High Cost Of Living, Death and Sexton spend the afternoon wandering around New York and end up that evening at a club called The Undercut, prior to a concert. This concert is the first concert Foxglove performed, before becoming an international success.

This woman is one of the people attending the concert, waiting in line to get in. She is visible as Death and Sexton walk past.

She appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 2, on page 8, in panel 2.

John did a fantastic job with this portrait. I love the use of watercolor in this portrait. The highlights in her hair is a nice touch.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Concubine # 8 (illustrated by Joelle Jones)

In the time of Haroun al Raschid, Baghdad was a place of wonders.

Haroun al Raschid gave a common beggar the opportunity to live the life of a Caliphate for a day. The beggar boy was surrounded by jewels and concubines and spent the entire day in luxury.

This woman is one of the concubines that helped give the beggar a day of dreams.

She appears in Sandman # 50 on page 7 in panel 2.

Joelle did an awesome job with this portrait. I love the vibrant colors used in this portrait. The colors definitely give the impression of splendor. I really like the use of gold for the pillows. That is a nice touch. I really like how this woman is leaning back on the pillows with the inviting expression on her face.

Here is Concubine # 8, from Ramadan…

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Witch # 3 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

After deciding that he was too afraid to continue the production of his play Typhoid Mary Blues, Todd Faber falls asleep and dreams of climbing a tall rock face. Upon reaching the top he encounters Dream of The Endless.

Todd, realizing that he is in a dream and recounts, to the King of Dreams, a nightmare he had when he was five or six. He tells Morpheus that in his dream he was trapped in a house full of witches and to escape he climbed onto the roof of the house. The roof then tilted and he fell off. He knew that if he hit the ground he would die and he pulled himself out of the dream because he didn’t know how to wake himself up. Dream gives Todd some advice and tells him that there is an alternative to dying if he falls.

This Witch is one of the witches from Todd’s nightmare.

This Witch appears in Fear Of Falling (originally published in Vertigo Preview # 1 on page 5.

I love this portrait by Lukas. The details on this character are exceptional, making this one of my favorites from Lukas. The lines around the witch’s mouth give a wonderfully descriptive image of the character. I also like the nice details like her pointed ears and the waves in her hair. This portrait reminds me a bit of the witch from the Witching Hour comic series from 1969-1978.

Here is Witch # 3 from The Fear Of Falling…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

London Citizen # 8 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

John Constantine woke with an uncomfortable feeling that someone was trying to tell him something. He went about his day as he always would. He brushed his teeth, got dressed, putting on his favorite overcoat and left the house to go to the Easy Diner to get some breakfast.

While at the diner, Leigh points outside and tell him that his “girlfriend” is outside. Constantine turns and sees Mad Hettie pounding on the window of the diner trying to get his attention. He steps outside to speak to her.

There are several men on the streets outside the diner and this man is one of them.

He appears in Sandman # 3, on page 5 in panel 1.

This is a great portrait from Lars. He managed to make this character seem a bit more respectable than he does in the published comic, but still captured a bit of the roughness with his facial expression, cheek lines and surprisingly the curve of his hat. I really like this portrait!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Matt (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

On September 11, 2001 two airplanes few into the World Trade Center in New York City, changing the world as we knew it.

“The Wheel” appeared in the 9/11 Tribute.

The story is about a boy named Matt who climbs to the top of a ferris wheel in an abandoned amusement part so he could jump off and kill himself. Once he reached the top he heard someone shout to him. Instead of seeing a security guard he saw a very tall man with red hair and a beard. This man was Destruction.

Destruction gives Matt a hug.

Matt tells Destruction about his mother who was a doctor who was killed when the World Trade Center fell. He wants to die in order to ask God why he would allow something like this to happen. He wants an explanation and wants him to tell Matt he is sorry.

Death then joins Matt and Destruction and Death tries to give Matt an explanation about why bad things happen and that the point of life is to try to leave the world a better place than before you entered it. Without warning the ferris wheel started to spin and the lights came on and Matt rode the wheel, in the car, alone, listening to the music.

He did not jump.

Matt appears in The Wheel, which appeared in the 9/11 Tribute book and has been collected in Absolute Death and the Death deluxe edition hardcover.

I really like this portrait from Anna. Anna made his hair seem more bushy than spikey, which is more realistic and also gives him an incredibly likable personality. This is a great portrait.

Here is Matt…