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SANDMAN: Dream and Death by LostonWallace SANDMAN: Dream and Death by LostonWallace
A friend from the PencilJack Forums :iconzippyshift: commissioned me to draw Dream from Neil Gaiman's SANDMAN. I couldn't help going the extra mile to add in his sister, Death in the composition. Inked this with SuperBlack India ink and a Raphael Kolinsky brush.

When drawing Death, I had Zooey Deschanel in mind. I think she'd be great movie casting for Death! I didn't have anyone in particular in mind for Dream, but I was thinking about Edward Scissorhands' hair, which was inspired by the hair of THE CURE's Robert Smith. I seem to remember reading (somewhere) that Tim Burton and Robert Smith were friends.

I did this in one night, while watching a double feature of THE RUNNING MAN and PREDATOR on my computer. Friends kept me alert and motivated via a mic chat, so thanks to them for the excellent company! Zippy, I hope you enjoy the illustration!
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:iconareoseph:
Areoseph Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your style is awesome! Great composition. I really like this.
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:iconkatmomma:
Katmomma Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Professional Artist
Your work has been featured here! [link] :heart: :love: Thanks for using the forums!
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:iconavarre:
Avarre Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Thats how I see death <3
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:icongangstalike:
gangstalike Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Loving the composition of this :] great work per usual
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:iconheksagon:
Heksagon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my.. This is absolutely fantastic :)
Could I colour it, just for practice?
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:iconsafek:
Safek Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! the quality is of an high level and the character's are awesome, I love the retro feel and the male character dark feel brings back to my mind things like The Crow, The Cure, David Bowie and more awesome stuff like that, great artwork!
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okiescientist Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I've wanted to thank you for a while for creating this amazing piece of art, so I created an account just to say thank you! Zack (Zippy) couldn't have chosen a better gift!
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:iconktuluuu:
Ktuluuu Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, and im in agreement with you about Zooey Deschanel, she'd be excellent. I like the layout and style :)
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:iconpeacemakerwarfreak:
peacemakerwarfreak Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
I love Death and Dream and I love the way you drew them! :D
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:iconlj-phillips:
LJ-Phillips Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional
I love this piece :) Sandman is the comic that changed my life - opened the limitless possibilities of storytelling in the comic book medium. And you really captured its mood and beauty of that series - that sense of magic dwelling in our world.
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:iconwytherwing:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
very fine work!
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:iconchristophercharlie:
ChristopherCharlie Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
I love it!
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:iconecho2themoon:
echo2themoon Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool!
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nelchee Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Niiiiice! Man I'd love to learn how to ink like this :)

Actually official Sandman's design was inspired by Robert Smith, David Bowie, and Neil Gaiman himself. Your Death is beautiful, although I personally prefer the older comic designs with disheveled hair :D
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:iconnoodles919:
noodles919 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist
I really REALLY like this. Great clean lines and detailing :D
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:iconfashionfreedom:
fashionfreedom Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Well done!
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconfashionfreedom:
fashionfreedom Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Anytime!
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:iconstapic:
Stapic Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing composition and shading :) The girl looks like the main girl in 100 days of summer
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Ditch-scrawls Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Fantastic piece Loston i thought it was Brian Bolland's rendition of Death at first glance it's that good.
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:iconkalinascope:
kalinascope Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Amazing, I love the way you did Death.
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:iconcarlinx:
carlinx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
PRO!!! nice inking, classy...
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:iconladyalzers:
LadyAlzers Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
O: This is so gorgeous. I love love lov Death's hat and the overall feel. It reminds me of a mixture of a bunch of different eras, like the ancient Greek time combined with the 20's combined with ...? I dunno.

Still. Beautygorgeous.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Awesome one of the sandman here
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:iconhearts-are-cold:
Hearts-Are-Cold Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Love it. Interesting composition. The girl is definitely my favorite. Also, you must be very patient, because it seems to me like inking in this way would take forever.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I actually drew the illustration and inked it in one evening, so it didn't take forever. :D The inking was a lot of fun!
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:iconhearts-are-cold:
Hearts-Are-Cold Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Good, I'm glad you had fun. That's really the most important part, lol. I'd probably die of frustration doing something like this.
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BROKENHILL Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Fantastic work and I was glad to help with my"GET to the CHHOPPPER" chat
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
LOL! That was a blast, man! And the gals seemed to enjoy the movie!
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DrSulfurious Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The work is amazing, by the way.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thank, dude! I really appreciate that.
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:icondrsulfurious:
DrSulfurious Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should open up a commission thing on dA, so people can send you points and get commissioned for it. Lots of people have been doing it, at the end of the month you can convert your points to money and get a check, I believe.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Sounds interesting. I'm buried in commissions though, as is!
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:iconnickmockoviak:
NickMockoviak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work Los. :clap:
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thanks, Nick!
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:iconhappysorceress:
happysorceress Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Holy cow, this is stunning.
I'm a big fan of the magic-based characters, so I see a *lot* of art & this is...way up at the top. Beautiful.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thanks for the high praise! I loved drawing this one! Can't wait to do the Wonder Woman!
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:iconelectronicron:
electronicron Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Really like the composition on this one.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thank you! That was actually my focus on this piece. I really wanted to create a nice bit of collage imagery with a strong composition and interesting subject matter. I appreciate you drawing attention to that!
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:iconzhudson:
ZHudson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing Loston. Thanks again, and it's even more awesome than I expected with the addition of Death.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
I wanted to make sure you got something nice, man. I appreciate your business, and your friendship, dude!
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Wes-James Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Loston,

Hey bud, fantastic work on this piece! Sandman was such an incredibly well written and drawn series and you've captured it well. The quirkiness of Death fits perfect with Zooey too, good choice.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Thanks, Dude!
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:iconmarshall-mc:
Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Amazing work, Loston! How big is this?
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
11x17 inches
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:iconmarshall-mc:
Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Nice! Thanks for the reply.
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
nice pic :)
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thanks!
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Sketchmazoid Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
haha your Death looks a lot like Jack White and your Death has a Zooey Deschanel thing going. Very cool.
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:iconlostonwallace:
LostonWallace Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I definitely had Zooey Deschanel on the brain, T-K! In my mind, she'd be perfect casting for Death! Didn't really have anyone particular in mind for Dream, except where the hair is concerned. Was thinking about Robert Smith or Edward Scissorhands' hair. I think Tim Burton based Scissorhands' hair on Smith's.
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