Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cat # 16 (illustrated by Steve Rolston)

This morning I would like to welcome a new Steve Rolston to the Sandman Portraits team!!!

I first met Steve in 2003 at the Emerald City Comic Con and I have been commissioning art from him at every opportunity.

Steve has worked on some great comics including Emiko Superstar, House Of Mystery, Queen And Country and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

You can find him and more of his work at and and you can follow him on twitter at @steverolston. If you have the opportunity to see him at a convention visit his booth and buy one of his books or commission him for an original piece of art and tell him how much you’ve enjoyed his Sandman portraits.

First up is one of the many cats from Dream Of A Thousand Cats...

One evening, a group of cats meet in a cemetery to listen to the tale of a wise storyteller cat who recounts here visit with the King Of Dreams.

This is one of the cats that listens to the storyteller cat’s tale.

He appears in Sandman # 18, on page 4.

This is a fantastic portrait from Steve. I love how he drew the cat and how he appears to be watching something out of the corner of his eyes. I also like that Steve drew ivy framing this portrait. This is particularly awesome because of the ivy that is present in this cemetery in the published comic. This is a great portrait!!!

Here is Cat # 16…

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Granny Goodness’ Minion # 7 (illustrated by John Carmine)

When Dream visits the Justice League tower searching for his stolen ruby, he visits the dreams of Scott Free who is having a nightmare of his time on Apokolips. In this nightmare, Scott is being put into the Murder Machine by the minions of Granny Goodness.

This Minion appears in Sandman # 5, on pate 5, in panel 4.

John did a great job with this portrait. He approached this character as a more brutal minion than portrayed in the comic. He seems like a hardened minion who serves Granny Goodness loyally and with vicious efficiency.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Granny Goodness’ Minion # 2 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Here is another one of Granny Goodness’ minions.

This is one of the minions attempting to put Scott Free in the Murder Machine in his nightmare.

The Minion appears in Sandman # 5, on page 5, in panel 4.

Max did a great job with this character. I love the look of determination and malice on this characters face. He certainly looks more menacing than I imagine him being in the published comic.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Granny Goodness’ Minion # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In the fifth issue of Sandman, Dream visits the Justice League in order to find his missing ruby.

When he arrives at the Justice League Tower, Scott Free is in the middle of having a nightmare where he is back on Apokolips. In his nightmare, Scott has been a “Bad Little Boy” and is being put in to the Murder Machine with the help of the Minions.

The Minion appears in Sandman # 5, on page 5, in panel 4.

Lars has done another exceptional job with this character. I love the action and movement of this portrait. I love the Kirby crackle!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Undercut Patron # 35 (illustrated by Ron Chan)

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.

This is a wonderful portrait from Ron. I really like how Ron draws women and so I, of course, think this portrait is perfect. I love the expression on her face. She seems absolutely happy and there is an innocence to this portrait that I find very appealing. This is probably one of my favorite portraits from Ron so far.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dream (as Lord L’Zoril) (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Sandman, Dream can appear in many different aspects, depending on who he is appearing to. He is most notably seen as a large black cat, but he does have various other aspects as well.

To date, none of the Endless have appeared on this site. I struggled with the idea of whether or not each aspect of Dream (or any of the Endless) should be showcased in their various forms since they are, in essence, the same character, but I decided that although these are the same character it was still worth approaching these incarnations as I would a new character. There are so many different aspects of Dream I thought it would be interesting to have artists interpret them and instead of giving an over-arching description of the character I am going to focus on the moment they appear in the comic in this aspect.

Here is one aspect of Dream, making his Sandman Portraits Blog debut...

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Dream visits the JLA headquarters, through the dreams of Scott Free, in hopes of finding his missing ruby.

When Scott was unable to find the location of the ruby he thought that he should ask a member of the JLA who would have battled Doctor Destiny and may have knowledge of the tool of power. The only person Scott could think of, currently at the JLA headquarters, was J’onn J’onzz, the Martian Manhunter.

J’onn immediately recognized Dream as Lord L’Zoril, the Martian god of Dreams.

Dream is surprised by the existence of J’onn J’onzz, which seems odd since I would assume that he would dream and therefore Morpheus would know there was at least one Martian still alive.

J’onn tells the king of dreams that the ruby may be located in a warehouse in upstate Gotham, in a little town called Mayhew.

Dream thanks the Martian and offers him a dream of the City Of Focative Mirrors.

Dream, in this incarnation, appears in Sandman # 5, on page 14 and 15.

I wanted Max to interpret this fascinating aspect of Dream. I felt he would do something unique and worthy of the Martian god of dreams. Max did a fantastic job with this character. I like the blackness that surrounds the flaming visage of Lord L’Zoril and I enjoy the contrast between the backgrounds and the portrait of the character. This is a fantastic portrait!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wycziezbsky (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Wycziezbsky is one of Merv Pumpkinhead’s bat helpers.

He, and the other bat helpers appear primarily in The Kindly Ones. He first appears when Merv is working and Matthew stops to talk to him about previous ravens. Merv, of course, complains about cleaning up the raven poop all the time. The bat helpers can be seen flying around Merv, probably being more of a distraction than a help.

The bat helpers appear again when Merv and Abudah are moving a volcano.

The bat helpers appear a third time, this time when Merv is about to launch an assault on The Kindly Ones. The little bat helpers are now carrying tiny machine guns.

Wycziezbsky appears in Sandman # 57, 60, and 66.

This is one of my favorite portraits from Anna. In The Kindly Ones, the bat helpers are tiny and without many features. Anna took this character and gave him definitive features. She turned him into a cute little bat wearing a cute little hat. I love it!!!!