Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Onmyoji’s Servant # 4 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

When the Monk was a young boy, living with his family, he found a monkey in the market place that was believed to be dead, but The Monk saw he was still alive and brought the animal home. He nursed the monkey back to good health and he became the family pet.

One day, a noble man, The Onmyoji, came to visit The Monk’s father. This day ended in death and tragedy as the monkey was killed and the Monk’s father was disgraced.

This is one of the Onmyoji’s servants.

This servant appears in the P. Craig Russell version of The Dream Hunters in issue # 2, on page 22, in panel 2.

I really like this portrait from Anna. This character was barely visible in the published comic and Anna really brought this character to the forefront with this portrait. I like the details that she added to this character and I really like the shape of his hat. This is a really fun portrait of an incredibly obscure character.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Worlds’ End Patron # 33 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

Between tales, Brant wanders the halls of Worlds’ End while the storm continues to pound upon the reality and the inn. Lightning flashes, illuminating the sky,, and Brant counts the seconds between the lightning and the sound of thunder.

As the thunder echoes through inn, this creature, along with a group of his friends, is frightened.

This character appears in Sandman # 55, on page 1, panel 7.

Lukas did a great job with this portrait. The details of this charcer are amazing. I really like the multiple folds in his skin and the leathery appearance of his body.

Here is Worlds’ End Patron # 33…

Monday, March 2, 2015

Demon # 324 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In the fourth chapter of Preludes And Nocturnes, Dream visits Hell to retrieve his stolen helmet.

After reclaiming his helm, as he readies himself to leave, Lucifer challenges Morpheus, telling him that there are millions of demons surrounding him and that he has no power in Hell.

Dream counters and says “What power would Hell have if those here imprisoned were not able to dream of Heaven.”

The crowds of demons part and let him pass, contemplating his words.

This demon is one of the residents of Hell who listened to Morpheus’ speech. He appears in Sandman # 4, on page 23, in panel 1.

I like Max’s approach to this character. In the published comic this character is not much more than an outline and Max gave this character definition and features. He sort of resembles Goldie a little, although Goldie is smooth and cute and this character definitely feels like he resides in Hell.

Here is Demon # 324…

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bird # 6 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

One evening Nada sees a mysterious stranger standing below her window and falls in love with him. She tried to discover his identity, but nobody in her kingdom knows who he is. When all other attempts to find him failed, she enlists in the help of The King Of Birds to discover who this man is.

This is one of the birds searching for the stranger.

This bird appears in Sandman # 9 on page 8 in panel 4.

I am not familiar with bird species, particularly African birds and so I am unsure what type of bird appears in the published comic, but I love Kai’s approach to this character. I really like the line work accenting the feathers and the variations of ink to show contrast. I also like that he added a “No” response from the bird, who also was unable to find the stranger

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Man At The Renaissance Fair # 4 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

After a day at the Renaissance Fair, Hob and Gwen head toward their car and it begins to rain.

Hob tells Gwen that he loves it because “most of the olden days happened in the rain.”

This man is one of the people who attended the Renaissance Fair and was caught in the rain.

He appears in Sandman # 73, on page 21, in panel 3.

This is a great portrait from Anna. I love her approach for this character. She captured him at the moment when he is running through the rain. He doesn’t look thrilled to be getting wet. Once again I love the blues that Anna used for this portrait and how she used a darker blue for the rain coming down.

Here is one of the many men at the Renaissance Fair…

Friday, February 27, 2015

French Soldier # 3 (illustrated by John Carmine)

Here is another French Soldier from the Fables And Reflections story, Thermidor.

This French Soldier is one of the soldiers looking through Johanna Constantine’s belongings in hopes of finding the head of Orpheus.

He appears in Sandman # 29, on page 6, in panel 1. He is on the right looking through a chest.

This portrait was drawn by John and he did a great job. I think he really captured the personality of the French Soldier, making him appear stoic and of noble bearing. I like the fact that this minor character has a personality that can easily be seen from this portrait!!!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Quorian (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Sandman: Overture we learn of a small planet and on the southern continent a race of huge carnivrous plants live. These plants have limited mobility but have beautiful minds.

Quorian is one of those plants and when he slept he dreamed.

In his dream, he encountered someone he had never met before. He was a white flower on a tall stem with dark resplendent leaves. In his dream this flower knows that something is wrong, but is unable to find what is wrong. This tall white flower than catches fire and dies.

Quorian had never seen fire, but he knows immediately that this fire means death.

Quorian appears in Sandman: Overuture # 1 on pages 2-5

Max did a great job with this portrait. I really like the colors that he used and the blending of the greens and yellows. It makes this plant seem completely natural. The colors of the background are also very muted, and work well to contrast the character.