Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ticket Inspector (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Sorry for the short break. I needed time to catch up on some portraits stuff and while I didn't get caught up I did manage to make some progress. I have so many exciting characters to share with you and so I promise to try to get entirely caught up soon!!!

Today's character is the Ticket Inspector from Hazel's dream in A Game Of You.

Hazel experiences weird dreams the night George opens his chest and releases the starlings, who are servants of The Cuckoo.

She dreams that she is on a train and the ticket inspector looks at her ticket and asks her to go with him. He leads her to some stairs leading to the cellar of the train. In her dream she questions why there are cellars on trains. She goes down and finds Foxglove standing next to a box and inside the box is Hazel’s dream baby.

This man is the Ticket Inspector who checked Hazel’s train ticket and took her to the stairs leading further into the nightmare.

He appears in Sandman # 33, on page 14 in panels 3 and 4.

Anna’s use of overlapping color is very striking. I was fascinated by the purples, peaches and blues used to shade the Ticket Inspector’s face and neck. Anna is very talented in bringing the characters to life. Looking into the eyes of the Ticket Inspector, you can see his hardships and his passions.

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