Friday, December 19, 2014

London Police Officer # 1 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Roderick Burgess, the Head of the Order Of Ancient Mysteries, was at an inquest regarding the death of Jon Hathaway and the loss of many books and manuscripts from the Royal Museum.

His involvement in the crimes and the death of Professor Hathaway could not be proven and he was cleared of all charges.

This is one of the London Police Officers standing outside the court as Roderick and Alex Burgess, Ethel Cripps (later known as Ethel Dee) and Ruthven Sykes leaves.

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

Max did a fantastic job with this portrait. The portrait almost appears comical with the officer’s slightly elongated neck, but it really works well with this portrait and does not come across as a parody of a police officer. I really like the backgrounds and the colors used in this portrait. He’s an easily ignored character in the Sandman universe, but this portrait really stands out!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lystra (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Lystra is one of the students in the Necropolis Litharge.

She attends classes with Petrefax and other students and was in the classroom when Master Klaproth gave him the assignment of attending an air burial.

She later asks Petrefax if he will be joining her in the vaults that evening, but he has to decline due to his assignment.

She appears in Sandman # 55 on pages 4 and 5.

Anna’s portrait for Lystra is bright and cheery, which is a contrast to the grays and browns of the Necropolis. In The published comic, Lystra’s hair really stands out, which makes me think that perhaps she is a bit of a rebel.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

African Sailor # 2 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Worlds’ End, Jim recounts one of his many adventures on the seas while sailing aboard the Sea Witch.

He tells the group of listeners about the other sailors aboard the Sea Witch. There were people from many different countries.

This man is one of the African sailors aboard The Sea Witch.

He appears in Sandman # 53, on page 6, in panel 4.

Max did a great job with this portrait. The extreme close up allows us to really get a detailed perspective of this character’s face. I really like the line work Max put into this character. The excess of lines gives the impression that this man has seen a lot and has worked hard aboard the ship.

Here is African Sailor # 2…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Man # 72 (illustrated by Ibrahim Moustafa)

This is one of my favorite portraits by Ibrahim. I think he did an amazing job with this portrait. He captured the personality of this character and with such detail that this portrait is just perfect.

In the first chapter of A Game Of You, Barbie and Wanda spend the day window shopping and while on their way home they ride the subway and encounter a homeless woman named Maisie Hill.

Maisie Hill was asking for spare change on the train until she noticed a man who was holding a small dog. She does not like dogs. She quickly exited the subway and as she was running up the stairs to the surface streets she passed this man who was also climbing the stairs.

He appears in Sandman # 32, on page 14, in panel 4.

Here is Man # 72…

Monday, December 15, 2014

Protester # 1 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Prez Rickard was a well loved and popular president and when his second term was nearing its end, many supporters began protesting the fact that Prez would soon be leaving office. These protesters did not want Prez to leave office. Some proposed that the law be changed to permit Prez to run a third term, while others wanted Prez to remain president indefinitely, if not forever.

This woman is one of the people protesting in front of the White House.

She appears in Sandman # 54, on page 16 in panel 1.

Anna did a great job with this portrait. She definitely feels like she would be someone who supports Prez. I love the color of her hair and her eyes. The protest signs in the background are also a very nice touch.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dead Man # 8 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

When Orpheus journeys to the Underworld in hopes of rescuing his recently deceased wife, Eurydice, he finds himself surrounded by the dead as he enters the great hall of Lord Hades and Queen Persephone.

This Dead Man is one of the many dead men in the Underworld.

He appears in The Song Of Orpheus, on page 31, in panel 3.

This portrait is one of the most disturbing portraits that Lukas has done for the project so far. The character himself can make one feel a bit uneasy, but in contrast to the stark white background, the character’s features seem even more pronounced. His grimace and blank eyed stare definitely create a very creepy atmosphere for this portrait.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Arthur Marsten (illustrated by Max Rugers)

On June 10th, 1916, Dream is captured by Roderick Burgess. In Toronto, Canada, Ellie Marsten is sitting at a table reading “Through The Looking Glass” and falls asleep.

Her father, Arthur, carries her up to her bed and tucks her in.

She never wakes up, a victim of the Sleeping Sickness.

This is her father, Arthur Marsten.

She appears in Sandman # 1, on page 10, in panel 2.

Max took an interesting approach to this character. I did not picture him to look as Max interpreted him. I envisioned him to look a bit younger, but since this character is seen only as a silhouette, it's impossible to say what he looks like.

Max's line work is, as always, exceptional and I love the redness of the background. It adds a vibrancy to the portrait that I really like.