Thursday, May 28, 2015

Waitress # 5 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Endless Nights, Rachel has nightmares about the end of the world. Sometimes the world ends by fire, sometimes by ice, and sometimes it’s by plagues that wipe out the human race. When these nightmares start creeping into her day she decides that she needs a change.

One night she has dinner with her friend, Stanley, who is working on an archeological dig on San Raphael.

This waitress is working at the restaurant the night Rachel and Stanley discuss the excavation and whether she would like to be a part of this dig.

She appears in the Destruction story, in Endless Nights on page 3, in panel 1.

In the published comic, this waitress is in the far background helping some other people. Anna brought her to the foreground with this portrait and even gave her a name. I really like this portrait from Anna. As always she did an exceptional job bringing this character to life. I can envision this waitress to be a student working at this restaurant to pay for college.

Here is Waitress # 5…

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Interlude - Phoenix Comic Con

Tomorrow is the first day of the Phoenix Comic Con in, of course, Phoenix, Arizona.

This looks like a fantastic show and I am sad to say that I will not be there.

Emonic, however, will be there all four days.

Emonic has been part of the Sandman Portraits family for a few years and I've been buying art from him for even longer.

If you are at the Phoenix Comic Con, stop by his booth and buy some of his art or prints and tell him how much you are enjoying his portraits.

Vassily (as an old man) (illustrated by Emonic)

In The Hunt, which appears in Fables And Reflections, Vassily tells a story to his granddaughter one evening when her parents were out on a date night.

The story he told was one of the stories from “the old country” and recounts the tale of a young boy who is also named Vassily.

Celeste, his granddaughter, is impatient and would rather watch TV or talk on the phone than listen to the story her grandfather is telling her, but she does listen.

At one point Celeste states that she does not believe in Fairies and her Grandfather replies “Of course you don’t believe in Fairies. You’re Fifteen. You think I believed in Fairies at Fifteen? It took me until I was at least a hundred and forty. Hundred and fifty, maybe.” I find this interesting because, if we are to trust the Grandfather as a reliable narrator then he is incredibly old…older than any mortal should be.

My favorite bit from the entire story is a simple quote from Vassily, the Grandfather. He states “You shouldn’t trust the storyteller; only trust the story.” This is an important theme that pops up now and then throughout Sandman (such as In Dream Country Richard Madoc states “Writers are liars, Dear”).

At the end of the tale, Celeste realizes the importance of the story, that it was not about her boyfriend or about her fairy tales, but about family and about dreams.

This is one of my favorite stories from Fables And Reflections and this is a fantastic portrait.

This portrait was drawn by Emonic and he did an awesome job with this character. I really like the details on this portrait and he captured Vassily. The line work around his eyes is exceptional and really adds a lot of depth to this character and this portrait.

Here is Vassily…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cat # 4 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Dream Of A Thousand Cats, a group of cats are called to a gathering, in a cemetery, to listen to the tale of a wise storyteller cat who recounts her visit with the King Of Dreams.

This cat is on his way to the gathering when he encounters the skeptical cat and the kitten.

This cat appears in Sandman # 18, on page 3 and in panel 3.

This is a wonderful portrait from Lars. I really like the different colors that make up the fur of this cat. I also like that this cat has a suspicious look in his eyes. Is he also skeptical about the gathering and the idea that dreams can change the world?

Here is Cat # 4…

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ash’s Kin # 4 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In “The Hunt”, Vassily tells his granddaughter Celeste a story of how he met his wife and her grandmother, although Celeste suspects this is just another fairy tale “from the old country.”

While on his journey he encounters a deer and chases it for many miles, enjoying the thrill of the hunt. Just as he was about to kill the deer, a young girl names Ash leapt on the deer and broke it’s neck.

Ash returned to her people, with Vassily, bring the fallen animal for their meal.

This man is one of the men in Ash’s tribe.

He appears in Sandman # 38, page 15, panel 1.

I really like this portrait from Max. He did this portrait entirely in pencil, which feels incredibly natural and works well with a man of the forest. I really like the pride that you can feel in this character due to his expression.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Halloween Partier In New York # 5 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

In Dustcovers, Neil Gaiman tells a story about a time he was in New York for Halloween.

In 1992 Neil was visiting with some friends in New York for Halloween. He became separated from his friends and during that brief moment he encountered Choronzon.

This woman is one of the Halloween partiers in New York.

She is in The Last Sandman Story (from Dust Covers) page 4, panel 3.

This is an amazing portrait from Lukas. It feels a little McKean-esque although it has Lukas’ distinct line work and style. I like that the character looks like she’s wearing a mask. This is an absolutely fantastic portrait!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Foxglove’s Fan # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Since her appearance in Death: The High Cost Of Living, Foxglove has become an international sensation. She is a famous rock star and has released several cds and has appeared on talk shows.

After performing Whole Wide World on David Letterman, she leaves the studio to head to the premier of Day In The Park, which features one of her songs on the soundtrack.

Outside Letterman’s studio a group of Foxglove’s fans wait for her. This is one of her fans.

This woman appears in Death: The Time Of Your Life # 1, on page 24, panel 2.

This is a fantastic portrait from Anna. I really like her interpretation of this character. I really like her hair and how it hangs in front of her eyes.