Thursday, April 17, 2014

Abudah (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Abudah is a mysterious character that appears several times throughout the Sandman series.

He first appears in a single panel of Sandman # 22, standing near Merv Pumpkinhead. He then re-appears in The Kindly Ones and is helping Merv Pumpkinhead move a volcano and later carrying a large box of ammunition for Merv to attack The Kindly Ones with. He later appears at the wake for Morpheus.

Abudah appears in Sandman # 22, 60, 66 and 71 on various pages.

Anna did a fantastic job with Abudah. In The Kindly Ones Abudah appears to be a little...mentally challenged and so it is nice to see that Anna did not take that approach with this character. He’s pretty straightforward and, as always, I like the little details in his face and the pencil lines that hopefully will come through in the portrait you are seeing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

French Citizen # 9 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

This is one of the many French Citizens that appear in the Fables And Reflections story “Thermidor.” He is one of the people gathered to watch the corpse puppet show in the courtyard outside Johanna Constantine’s prison cell.

He can be seen in Sandman # 29, on page 12, panel 3. He is standing in the crowd wearing a reddish jacket.

Max did a great job with this portrait. I really like the vibrant colors with this character and, as always, the detailed work on his face is awesome.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Citizen Of Barbie’s World # 14 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

When Barbie was a young girl she dreamed of a magical world where she was a princess. As she grew older her dreams faded and she no longer visited this world.

Her world changed when she encountered one of her imaginary dream friends on the streets of New York.

That evening, when Barbie fell asleep she dreamed of this world once again and became trapped in the mystical dream by an emissary of The Cuckoo.

While in this Dream, Barbie had to confront the Cuckoo, which ultimately lead to the destruction of her world. This creature is one of the residents of Barbie’s World. He appears in only one panel and is seen leaving this world and entering Dream’s cloak to live on in the dreams of others.

This creature can be found in Sandman # 36, on page 34 in panel 1.

I have no idea what this creature is, but it’s pretty cool looking and Lars did a great job with this portrait. I love the colors and the depth of the colors used to bring this creature to life.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Ash’s Kin # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Vassily tells his grand daughter Celeste a story of how he met his wife and her grandmother, although on the surface his tale appears to he layered in a fairy tale, when in actuality it is not.

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 has a slight wolfish look about him, which is appropriate because we later learn that Vassily and Ash, as well as her kin are shape-shifters and have the ability to transform themselves into wolves.

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

Anna did a great job with this portrait. He has a kindness in his green eyes, which I can really appreciate. I think that Anna has an amazing ability to capture the gentler side of people in her portraits and she definitely did that with this character.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Woman # 44 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

When Richard Madoc, the famous writer, breaks down in the street, suffering from too many ideas, this woman is one of the people who have gathered to see his breakdown.

Nobody tried to help him.

She appears in Sandman # 17, page 19, panel 5. She is standing on the far right.

I like this portrait. Max really created a portrait that looks like a real person and not a comic book character. He did an excellent job with this character.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kitten # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Dream Of A Thousand Cats, the storyteller cat tells a tale of how he dreamed of change. The storyteller cat started out as any other cat, comfortable and taken care of by her humans….until the day she had kittens.

She was a pure-bred Siamese cat and the father of the kittens was a stray Tom Cat and the kittens were not “worth diddly-squat” to her humans. Her owner put the kittens in a bag with a rock tied to weigh it down and threw the bag into a pond.

It was at this point that the Storyteller cat decided to try to make a change for her and her kind.

This is one of the kittens that was senselessly killed for no reason other than it was not a pure-bred. I like this portrait from Lars. He definitely draws cute kittens and this one is adorable…a little bundle of fluff…

Friday, April 11, 2014

Little Wyvern (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

After Daniel wanders into The Dreaming, Cain, Abel and Eve tell stories to entertain the child.

Abel tells the story of two brothers who fought often. After one particularly bad fight, Little Dream offered him a house and a job in his garden and a place where he could be happy. His job would be telling secret stories (which is a reference to Abel living in the House Of Secrets and the comic series guest staring Abel published by DC from 1956-1966).

One day when Little Abel was lonely he visited Little Dream’s castle and at the gate was a Little Wyvern and a Little Pegasus.

This is the Little Wyvern who guarded the doorway to Little Dream’s castle.

Little Pegasus appears in Sandman # 40, on page 20, in panel 2.

Anna did a fantastic job with this portrait. It goes really well with the Little Pegasus portrait, which Anna also did. This dragon does not appear to be anything other than happy and cuddly, which works well for Abel’s story.