Friday, September 4, 2015

Despairing Man # 1 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Despair’s realm is filled with a multitude of tiny windows and inside each mirror is a glimpse of someone experiencing overwhelming despair.

This man is one of the many feeling despair in their hearts.

He appears in the Brief Lives storyline, in Sandman # 41 on page 20, in panel 3.

Max did an awesome job with this portrait. It’s not a standard perspective and I like the uniqueness. The line work for this character is perfect and I like the shape of his hands and that they are partially obscuring his face.

Here is Despairing Man # 1…

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Concubine # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Baghdad, during the reign of Haroun al Raschid, the city was filled with splendors and wonders that were unlike any city in the world.

His harem was no exception.

In al Raschid’s harem, there were women from every country and of every skin color. Each of these women were adept in the art of pleasure.

This concubine is one of the women in Haroun al Raschid’s harem.

She appears in Sandman # 50, on page 3, in panel 1.

Lars’ approach to this character is pretty straight forward. She is sitting in the harem waiting to be chosen for a night with the caliph. I like that she is winking and offering a kiss to those looking in on her.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bondage Boy # 9 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Brief Lives, Delirium wanders into a bondage club. The club is filled with people dancing, drinking and being seen. Delirum’s stands out a little bit, probably because she is not dressed quite as extreme as some of the others.

When Delirium breaks down, Desire comes to her aid. This man is standing in the background as Desire enters the club.

He appears in Sandman # 41 on page 11 in panel 5.

Max took a visually interesting approach to this character. In the published comic, for a long time, I thought this man was actually a woman because he was so feminine, and, admittedly, because he had long hair. It wasn’t until I noticed that he had chest hair that I realized he was a man. Max, however, made this character very male. There is no mistaking his gender in this portrait. He reminds me of someone you might see at a heavy metal concert. I really like the addition of the chains in the background and I really like how Max drew the links. My eye is drawn to them naturally.

Here is Bondage Boy # 9…

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dreamer # 83 (illustrated by Nicole Ingram)

In Season of Mists, Dream decides to go to Hell to rescue Nada, which he reflects may not deserve eternal punishment for rejecting his love.

Before going to Hell, Dream feels obligated to visit Hob, in the event that he does not return.

He travels through the dreams of people in order to find a perfect bottle of wine to take to his friend for their meeting.

This man is one of the dreamers who Morpheus passed through on his search for the wine.

He appears in Sandman # 22, on page 15, in panel 2.

Nicole took a very interesting approach to this Dreamer. She took the character from the published comic and interpreted what he was like while he was awake and instead of portraying him asleep, he is awake. I really like that her interpretation of this character makes sense. I had never thought about these dreamers outside of their dreams.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Prisoner In Hell # 1 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Morpheus goes to Hell to recover his helmet, stolen by Ruthven Sykes and traded to a demon for protection from Roderick Burgess. Etrigan leads him through various parts of Hell, including through the cell block where Nada is imprisoned.

This man is one of the several people that can be seen along the cliff path.

He appears in Sandman # 4, on page 7, in panel 2.

Kai did an amazing job with this obscure character. In the published comic we see very little of this character in the background, but Kai brought a level of despair and desperation to this character that is completely appropriate for someone imprisoned in Hell. On top of the character, I really like the details, like the cracks in the wall of his cell.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Italian Man # 15 & Italian Woman # 5 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Endless Nights, Sergei visits Venice, Italy and returns to one of the islands in the Venice lagoon.

As a child he had visited one of the islands and had a brief encounter with Death, who asked him to try to open a rusted gate, which he was unable to do. As an adult, he returned to the island and once again met Death. This time he was able to open the gates and let Death into Alain’s court.

His entire encounter with Death felt like a dream and when he awoke and arrived back into the city all of the people seemed paper thin and unreal. He wondered what happened behind their eyes and in their heads.

This man and woman are two of the Italian citizens that Sergei saw when returning to Venice.

They appear in Endless Nights, on page 22 in panel 6. They are in the far background holding hands.

I love these portraits from Anna. She did them individually, as I would have expected, but connected them together through a heart in the center of the portrait. One of the things I like most about these portraits is that Anna was able to capture an emotion in their face that is spot on perfect. These two characters are in love.

Here is Italian Man # 15 and Italian Woman # 5…

Monday, August 24, 2015

Necropolis Student # 1 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In the fifth chapter of Worlds’ End, Petrefax recounts his tale to the others sitting around the table in the inn.

He began his story by saying that he would often spend his days in school staring out the window at the city of the Necropolis Litharge and dream about the worlds beyond the mountains.

As a result, he would sometimes get called out and made an example of in class.

This student was one of many who attended the same class as Petrefax. He sat directly in front of Petrefax and next to Lystra.

He appears in Sandman # 55, on page 4, in panel 7.

This is a fantastic portrait from Max. The bright yellow of his hair is a dramatic contrast to the blackness of the backgrounds and the paleness of this character’s skin. It is very pronounced and even more vibrant as a result of the starkness of the rest of the portrait.