Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Richard Burbage (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Richard Burbage was a famous English actor who lived between 1567-1619. He played the title role in many of Shakespeare’s plays, including King Lear, Hamlet and Othello. He also was one of the actors who was part of the first performance of A Midsummer Nights Dream on June 23rd, 1593 in Wilmington, England. He played the part of Auberon.

During the intermission Burbage spoke to the actual Auberon and requested gold for their performance. Auberon gave him a sack of gold coins.

The following morning, when Lord Strange’s Men awoke, as if from an unusal dream, Richard Burbage opened up the bag of gold and found only flower petals inside.

Richard Burbage appears throughout Sandman # 19.

I enjoyed Anna’s use of the masks to show his role in theatre. His laugh lines give Burbage character and add a sense of charm. I really like this portrait!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Previous Carnifex Carys # 2 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

As Aurelia’s citizens begin to revolt against their leadership, Carnifex Carys XXXV goes into hiding in the tomb of the previous Carnifex’s. He assumes that this would be the safest place for him to hide until the citizens give up their riots. His choice in hiding places proves to be a fatal mistake when he is confronted by the mummified remains of Carnifex Carys XXXIV.

This is one of the previous Carnifex’s of Aurelia.

He appears in Sandman # 52 on page 22 in panel 1.

This is a great portrait from Lukas. He approached this character in a more extreme fashion than in the published comic. I really like this. This character is more visibly decomposing than in the published comic. The details are exceptional. The rotting flesh is practically dripping off his bones. I love this portrait.

Monday, September 29, 2014

John (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

When Richard Madoc’s book “And My Love She Gave Me Light” was released in May 1987 a book release party was held.

This man is one of the guests who attended the book release party for Richard Madoc’s book “And My Love She Gave Me Light,” which was released in May 1987. He is speaking to another guest about how Madoc's latest novel transcends genre. I am unsure if this character is a book reviewer or simply pretentious.

This man appears in Sandman # 17 on page 12, in panel 1.

I really like this portrait from Anna. She managed to capture John’s attitude perfectly. He seems a bit smug, which definitely works with his pretentious conversation in the published comic. I like how Anna approached with portrait. I like the coloring she used around his face and the stubble. This portrait is absolutely fantastic!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Mummy # 1 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

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

At 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 mummy 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 intense portrait from Max. Max will often add tape to a portrait and paint over it, giving the portrait an extra texture. He did that here, which almost seems necessary. He used strips of tape as the wrappings of the mummy. Max also took it a step further and used cloth giving it an extra level of texture and creating a pretty awesome effect. This is a pretty awesome portrait!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reveler At Alain’s Masked Ball # 13 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

When Death and Sergei manage to break down the gate to the ruins on one of the islands in the Venice Lagoon, they find themselves in the court of Alain and they are having one of their masked balls.

Dressed in masquerade attire, they walk through the halls of the palace and encounter many revelers along the way.

This man is one of the many people they pass.

Death tells Sergei that this man drowned in a storm.

He appears in the Endless Nights, in Death In Venice, on page 18, in panel 5.

The curly-cue beard and moustache and the pointed chin on this character set it aside as one of my favorites that Anna has done. He has such a fascinating profile and Anna’s interpretation is gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the lines and the color contrast as well.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thug # 2 (illustrated by John Carmine)

One evening Rose went to see Hal’s show and was walking home when she was assaulted by three thugs.

Their intentions for Rose were not pure or honorable and so thankfully Gilbert was not far behind her and was able to help keep her virtue intact.

Gilbert used his cane to beat these three thugs into submission and they ran down the street and away from Rose and Gilbert.

This Thug appears in Sandman # 11, on pages 11, 12 and 13.

John approached this portrait in a realistic manner. I think he did a great job giving this character a personality that reeks with vileness, just as in the published comic.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cat # 28 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

One night, a group of cats meet in a cemetery to listen to a wise storyteller cat who recounts here visit with the King Of Dreams and her hope that all who hear her story will dream a dream of cat dominance.

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

He appears in Sandman # 18, on page 4.

I really like this portrait from Lukas. This cat seems a bit ragged like a stray, which is pretty realistic for this story. Lukas also gave this cat a collar, with the number 28 on it. That is a really nice touch. I really like this raggedy little cat.