Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Venice Citizen # 2 (illustrated by John Carmine)

Around 1271, Marco Polo began his expedition to China with his father and uncle.

As they began their several citizens of Venice watched the caravan leave the city. This man is one of those who watched the travelers leave.

This character appears in Sandman # 39, page 13, panel 3.

This is another wonderful portrait from John. In the published comic this character is barely more than a human shaped outline in the far background. John basically designed this character based on the shape of the character in the comic and gave him personality and a life that isn’t really there in the comic. I also really like that he drew the background. I love the gate and think it fits perfect with the time period of this portrait.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Aurelian Emissary # 3 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

When Cluracan was sent to Aurelia by Titania he was forced to sit though a council meeting, listening to the various Aurelian Emissaries discuss the alliance between the cities.

This Emissary is at the council meeting.

He was there to witness Cluracan’s predition that the dead would being to rise to collect the debts owed to them.

He appears in Sandman # 52, on page 12, in panel 5.

Anna’s use of thick lines and bright colors make this seemingly uninteresting character stand out. The multiple shades of greens and blues on his head scarf are lovely.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Demon # 315 (illustrated Max Rugers)

This demon is one of the many demons who reside in Hell when Dream comes to reclaim his stolen helmet.

This demon appears as Dream is speaking to Lucifer and the demons and telling them that without dreams Hell would be powerless because “what power would Hell have is those here imprisoned were not able to dream of heaven.”

This demon appears in Sandman # 4, on page 21, in panel 4.

Max did a wonderful job drawing this frightening and incredibly obscure demon from Preludes And Nocturnes!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scotland Yard Records Clerk (illustrated by John Carmine)

In Sandman Midnight Theatre, Wesley Dodd, disguised as The Sandman, goes to England to try to solve a mystery that began with the suicide of his old friend, Linus Benchley.

His investigation leads him to Scotland Yard. He sneaks into the Records Room. At the same moment Wesley is looking through the files, the Records Clerk passes the door and finds it odd that the room is not locked. He enters the room. Wesley uses his sleeping gas to subdue the records clerk as he continues to search through the Scotland Yard files.

This is the Scotland Yard Records Clerk.

He appears in Sandman Midnight Theatre on page 23.

John did a great job with this portrait. I really like the perspective of this portrait and I like that he appears to be looking out through the corner of his eyes, as if he’s suspicious of something. That’s a nice subtle touch that really adds a lot of personality to this character.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Lovebirds (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Each of the Endless received a messenger, passing along the news of Morpheus’ death and his Wake.

They did not ask who sent the messenger. There are some things that even The Endless do not inquire about.

Desire’s messengers were lovebirds and these are those love birds.

They appear in Sandman # 70, on page 3, in panel 4.

Anna did a wonderful job with this portrait. I like that the birds are snuggling, giving us further proof that these are lovebirds. The colors she used are bight and vibrant, which I think works really well for this portrait.

Here are the lovebird messengers that were sent to Desire summoning her/him to the Wake…

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Serial Killer # 26 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In “Collectors”, a host of serial killers descend upon a quiet hotel for the Cereal Convention, which is a convention for people who take pleasure in killing others.

This serial killer is one of many seen going to the hotel for the convention.

He appears in Sandman # 14, on page 1 in panel 2.

I really like this portrait from Max. When I offered this character to him I wasn’t sure how he would approach it. This character in the published comic sort of resembles V (from V For Vendetta) and I thought that Max might go that route. I am glad I was wrong because what Max did is so much better!

Max took this character who is hidden in the shadows and kept him hidden in the shadows, but was able to add to his personality. This character is frightening. I love the perspective and how he is looking down. This creates a really eerie image. I also really like the colors Max used. The character is hidden in the shadows, but the background has a lot of reds and since this character is a vicious killer it definitely adds some horror to the character.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Resident Of The Dreaming # 7 (illustrated by John Carmine)

Dream decides that he must go to Hell to rescue Nada. It has come to his attention that he may have been a bit rash in sending her to Hell for rejecting his love.

He calls together all the residents of The Dreaming and tells them what he is about to do and expresses his concern that he may not be returning since Lucifer holds a grudge against him for publicly embarrassing him when he last visited Hell to reclaim his stolen helmet.

This creature is one of the residents of The Dreaming who stood before the King Of Dreams and listened to his speech.

He appears in Sandman # 22, on page 7, in panel 4.

I really like this portrait from John. In the published comic we catch of glimpse of him amongst a group of creatures. John did a straight forward interpretation of this character, but the line work for the creature’s fur really stands out and gives the impression that he is definitely furry…sort of like a spider version of Cousin It. This is a particularly fun portrait.