Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Japanese Woman # 10 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

The Fox, disguised as a beautiful woman, told The Onmyoji that she would not be with him unless he left his wife and concubine and became free to love her, got rid of his house, and to forsake all of his magics. The Onmyoji, desperate to be loved by this woman, set fire to his house, killing his wife, concubine and all of his possessions. He then brought all of his magical items and scrolls to the woman. She then asked him to remove his clothes, moved close to kiss him, but instead transformed back into her true shape and bit out his eye.

After the Fox took her revenge on The Onmyoji, he wandered the streets in rags and insane.

This woman is one of the many people who passed him by as he sat on the streets in misery.

She appears in the P. Craig Russell adaptation of The Dream Hunters,in issue # 4, on page 27 in panel 3.

This Japanese woman is absolutely beautiful and Anna did a fantastic job with this portrait. I love the shape of this woman’s face and her hair is gorgeous. The blacks are very deep and the contrast of the blue is spectacular. This is one of my favorite portraits from Anna.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Corpse # 8 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

In The Kindly Ones, Thessaly found Lyta Hall as she wandered the streets aimlessly after the supposed death of her son. She took her back to her apartment and placed her in a protection circle because she knew, with the events that had been put into motion, Morpheus would be searching for Lyta, possibly to kill her.

Thessaly fell asleep and dreams of people hanging from silver chains, hooks puncturing their skin and she feels a flicker of sadness and regret.

When she awakes she sees Dream standing before her.

The dream is something very reminiscent of the Hellraiser films, but I suspect that Thessaly has never seen those movies. Perhaps this is a nightmare of remembrance of things past…or perhaps it is simply a nightmare.

This character is one of the corpses hanging in Thessaly’s nightmare.

He appears in Sandman # 65, on page 18, in panel 3.

This is another amazing portrait from Lukas. I love the darkness of the lines on his body and face. The varying weight of the lines really adds a reality to the portrait. I also like the shocked expression on his face. The chains and hook definitely adds a horror to the portrait. I really like this portrait and it makes me very happy that I do not have dreams like this…

Monday, November 24, 2014

Kitten # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Dream Of A Thousand Cats, the storyteller cat tells a tale of how she 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 so the kittens were not pure bred and 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. This kitten appears in Sandman # 18, on page 8, in panel 3.

Anna’s portrait of this kitten is absolutely adorable. I love the playful and cuteness of this kitten, especially given the kitten’s unfortunate and horrible fate. This is an absolute sweet and loveable portrait.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Man # 323 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Worlds’ End, Mr. Gaheris tells the story about a man named Robert who lived an ordinary life in an ordinary city. He liked to walk throughout his city and appreciate it’s magnificence.

This man is one of the people that Robert passed by one on of his walks throughout the city.

He appears in Sandman # 51, on page 11, in panel 6.

In the published comic, this character is little more than a silhouette. Max took this character and gave him a life of his own. He made this character seem like an old man with the intense line work on his face. The details and expression on his face make him seem very serious. I wonder if Max gave this character a back story while bringing him to life.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hot Dog Seller (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Death: The High Cost Of Living Death spends the day as a mortal teenage girl named Didi. She befriends a boy named Sexton and they spend the day and evening walking around New York City.

While walking they encounter a street vendor selling hot dogs. Didi orders a hot dog with the works. As he makes the hot dog he tells a joke about a zen monk who orders a hot dog and Sexton knows the punch line. The Hot Dog Seller gives the hot dog to Didi for free because seeing her makes him feel good to be alive and because she has a nice smile.

He appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 2, pages 3 and 4.

I really like this portrait from Anna. She captured the characters happiness perfectly. I like that his eyes are exuding joy.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Mummy # 2 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

In Worlds’ End, Petrefax retells a story of his experience at an air burial.

According to the rituals of an air burial, each member of the funeral party tell a tale.

Master Hermas tells a true story from his youth when he and Klaproth were apprentices under Mistress Veltis.

When Veltis was an apprentice she accidentally broke a flask of preserving fluid. She was ashamed and ran and hid from her master. She chose the catacombs beneath the city as her hiding place. In the catacombs she travelled a path she had never taken before, passing a wall of mummies, and eventually finding herself in a huge room with six cerements hanging in that room.

This is one of the mummies that she passed on her decent into the catacombs.

This mummy appears in Sandman # 55, on page 20, in panel 3.

I really like this portrait from Lukas. Each of the bandages has it’s own unique details and shading which gives the portrait a more realistic look. I also love the tufts of hair coming out of the bandages. This is one of my favorite portraits from Lukas.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Granny Goodness Minion # 3 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In the fifth issue of Sandman, Dream visits the Justice League in order to find his missing ruby.

He enters the Justice League Tower through the dreams of Scott Free, who is in the middle of having a nightmare remembering when he was on Apokolips. In his nightmare, Scott has been a “Bad Little Boy” and is being put in to the Murder Machine with the help of the Minions.

The Minion appears in Sandman # 5, on page 5, in panel 4.

I really like Anna’s portrait for this character. These minions are certainly not friendly people and Anna was able to capture that through the menacing expression and the dark look in his eyes. This is a very expressive portrait!