Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bacchante # 4 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

As Orpheus mourns the death of this wife Eurydice, Calliope, his mother, visits him and warns him that the Bacchante are near and that he should flee. Orpheus ignores his mother’s warning and finds himself face to face with a group of wild women.

This young girl is one of the Bacchante.

She appears in Sandman Special # 1, on page 43 in panel 6.

I asked Anna to draw this character because I like how she draws children and this is no exception. Anna’s approach to this character is certainly not as dark and disturbing as the Bacchante is the published comic. It is hard to imagine this young girl growing up to be one of the feared and dreadful Bacchante.

Here is Bacchante # 4…

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

French Citizen # 10 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

In the Fables And Reflections story “Thermidor,” Johanna Constantine is put in jail because she is suspected by St. Just and Robespierre as having the head of Orpheus, which they hoped to destroy any link to mythology in an age of reason and the existence of Orpheus posed a threat to his idealogy of “pure reason.”

While in prison, she was able to look out over the courtyard where several French Citizens gathered to watch the corpse puppet show.

This is one of the French Citizens watching the puppet show.

She can be seen in Sandman # 29, on page 12, panel 3.

This is a fantastic portrait from Lukas. I really like this portrait because he gives us a very distinct interpretation of this character and her personality. I like the shape of her face and her long nose. The scowl on her face adds a bit of contempt to the corpses that are on the stage. At the same time she has very sad eyes. Overall I find this portrait very fascinating and I love it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mr. Taxi Driver (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Didi and Sexton take a taxi ride into the city and are fortunate enough to ride with this driver.

When they get into the taxi they don’t know where they are going and, as Didi points out, “certain destinations are inevitable.”

They eventually make their way to The Undercut, where they watch Foxglove perform her first concert.

Along the way Didi and Sexton talk to the taxi driver. He was from another country (possibly Romania, but definitely an eastern European country) and his brother urged him to come to America. Once he arrived he helped him get a job as a taxi driver.

When they arrive at The Undercut, the taxi driver tells Didi that the ride was a present, but makes Sexton give him a tip.

Mr. Taxi Driver appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 2, on pages 5 and 7.

This is a great portrait from Anna. I like the personality she put into this character. He seems like a genuinely likable person and that reflects his personality in the published comic. Anna seems to have an ability to really draw gentle caring eyes and I like that.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Protestor # 8 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Prez Rickard was an incredibly 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 protestors proposed that the law be changed to permit Prez to run a third term.

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

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

This character looks incredibly happy and is a contrast to a lot of Max’s portraits, which are generally darker and more serious. I like this man’s expression and his sheer joy. I also like that Max chose to include hints of this man’s protest sign in the background. The blues really highlight the character and make him stand out.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Undercut Patron # 5 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Death: The High Cost Of Living, Death and Sexton wander around New York and find themselves at a club called The Undercut where Foxglove performs her first concert.

This man is one of the people who is attending the concert.

He appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 2 on page 8 in panel 2. He is waiting in line to get into the club.

This is a great portrait from Anna. I really like how happy this character looks. He seems like a very likable character in the published comic (I think it’s the hat) and Anna was able to highlight his friendliness and likeability in her portrait.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Roman Citizen # 4 (illustrated by Ibrahim Moustafa)

In Fables And Reflections, we have the story of Augustus Caesar and Lycius who spend the day on the steps of a temple near the market place as prompted by a dream that Caesar had, in which he was told to spend the day as a man, not as an emperor.

This Roman Citizen was one of the men in the market place. He was purchasing food from one of the market vendors.

He appears in Sandman # 30, on page 7, panel 1.

I really like this portrait from Ibrahim. The shading of his robes is perfect and I really like the details in his beard. His face is pretty expressive and I love the lines in his cheeks. This is a fantastic portrait from Ibrahim.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fundamentalist # 3 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

As John Dee takes control of the Dream ruby, causing chaos throughout the world. a group of Fundamentalists, in New York City, kneel in the streets and beg God to not forsake them during the end of the world.

They felt that the chaos was the result of Armageddon and that they were not taken by the rapture, but were instead left on earth.

This Fundamentalist appears in Sandman # 7, on page 2, in panel 3.

Anna did a great job with this portrait. I like that she included some of the signs held by the other Fundamentalists. His facial expression is calm and yet there is a definite sense of devotion in his features.