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The Sandman: Prince of Stories by redheaded-step-child The Sandman: Prince of Stories by redheaded-step-child
Niel Gaiman's Dream of the Endless: The Sandman, Morpheus, Prince of Stories, Lord of the Dreaming, The Shaper, Oneroi, etc. etc. Done in watercolor with a limited color palette to avoid Bleeding Eye Syndrome with all that's going on here!

This is a gift for my fiance, Bruce. Love you honey! :blowkiss: We're both big fans of The Sandman! "Dream" also happens to be my favorite word, to the extent that I was given a silver bracelet by my mom with the word engraved on it before I ever read the series. :lmao: This is also the mac-daddy, most involved, detailed, mother of all fanart I will ever do. (And if it isn't, I deserve to be committed! :giggle:) It was a labor of love!

I like to think of Dream in his role as the incarnation of all that is unreal- the Prince of Stories! So this is a mixture of dream imagery, random story themes, particular stories, and characters from The Sandman itself, centered around Dream.

Clockwise from the top:
-People dreaming of flying
-Green Sun (Sto-Oa)
-Random structure in The Dreaming
-Matthew the Raven
-Snow White
-The Seven Dwarves
-The cast of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Left to right: Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius, Helena, Bottom, Puck, Titania and Oberon, 3 fairy attendants
-Big Bad Wolf
-Little Red Riding Hood
-A Unicorn
-Jack and the Beanstalk
-Inhabitants of The Dreaming: The Corinthian, Cain, Abel, Goldie, Merv Pumpkinhead, Nuala, Lucien
-Daniel Hall (Which in the interest of avoiding spoilers is all I'll say)
-Warring Angels
-Hercules and the Hydra
-A Vampire hovering over his Victim
-The Endless, siblings of Dream. Clockwise from top: Death, Delirium, Despair, Destiny, Desire, Destruction.
-Barnabas the dog
-Thessaly!!! (I love her, she looks like Daria, has insane powers, strangles demon birds, tangles with entities older than gods, and does it all in bunny slippers!!!)
-The Three, manifested as Gorgons
-A party of adventurers heading for the mountains
-A group of Mermaids
-Aladdin flying over the city
-A Griffin, Hippogriff, and Wyvern, guardians of the Dreaming
-A ship in peril from a storm and an attacking Sea Monster
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NightShademidnight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I just want to mention again that this is amazing….:D
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NightShademidnight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
You have no idea how happy I am!!! I love this series!!! did you know he's making a new mini-series!!!!!! super exited!!! LLLLooooooVVVVeeee it!!!
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Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa...cool!!!
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MidnightDreamer22 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, you're a Thessaly fan? I actually hate her more than any other The Sandman character :P And what is really funny is that we're somewhat "related", since she is a Greek witch, and I am Greek too :XD:
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alltheway96 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
YOU ARE MY HERO.

and i want a poster of this on my wall. omg, i cant even begin to tell you how much i love this, especially because its hand drawn and doesn't just involve sandman stuff but other stories too....the ones you've chosen make me wanna ask - have you read Fables? (its also a DC-Vertigo Comic)....
Defininately do, if you havent!

Keep up the awesomeness. :) Check out some of my random attempts at sandman fanart here: [link]
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warprincess Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
this looks pretty tripy in a good way. looks something from my taro cards! love it!!!
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I-Am-A-Drokker Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
This is amazing! You put in the true heart of the Sandman books, and you did it in such an original style! It's a refreshing change from all the pics of Death looking ridiculously hot :P
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ReineDeLaNuit Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
WOW!Great!!!! :heart:
I love Sandman and all Gaiman's books!
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TheCheshireKat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
lovely, and very well composed!
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LadyKatianaTheBrave Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
OMG you totally captured it all. Its amazing (and I especially love Thessaly and her weirdness too)
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RebeccaTripp Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome! My very favorite story. I love your colors! And you did great likeness on the Endless.
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sgtbuckwheat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009
This is wonderful. You're work really shows, you've made something great.

For some reason I can imagine this as a beautiful stained glass window.
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Thank you so much, this is one of the most involved pieces I've done. Wow, this would actually make a cool stained glass window! :D
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GoldenBauble Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009
Beautiful.
This must have taken you a really freakin' long time. xD
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Oh yes, it did! lol the sketch alone took over a month to figure out. It was kind of a ship-in-a-bottle kind of thing, I'd work on it a bit at a time in between other things until it was finished. Wow was I glad wen it was finished! :giggle:
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GoldenBauble Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I'd imagine! : D It's a great satisfaction to finish something you've worked hard on.
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kinkei Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
looks very cool
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Thanks! :)
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CurseUDifferentOnes Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
:jawdrop: This is just beyond description! It's so...amazingly difficult to form a coherent praising comment! WOW! Just WOW!
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Wow, thank you for the compliment! I'm happy you like it so much. :aww:
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CurseUDifferentOnes Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008
You deserve it! I always love your work!
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HanyouHanto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist
When I saw this, my instantaneous interpertation involved the sandman associated with sleep, as the weary expression of the central figure and the wild and stimulating background remind me of my overactive mind when I'm trying to get to sleep. I'm not familiar with the series, so maybe that's kind of it. Anyway, it looks like you had fun with this one!
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
Oh I did have fun with this one, and your impression is right. The Sandman is a pretty jaded, world-weary type of character, he's great! :D
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I have to add, I could easily see this as the cover for a "complete Sandman" compilation. It's beautiful, intricate but not messy, wonderful to study and professional in the scope of talent.
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Haha! Wow, you couldn't have flattered me more if you tried! Thanks for the awesome compliment! :love:
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Sir-Catherine Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
*falls in love with another of your works*

:)
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I'm so glad you like it! :glomp:
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow: great ! so many details and so many characters! My favorite is Death. But Thessally is good too :D
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I love Death! Delirium, Death and Dream are my favorites of the Endless, in that order. Out of the non-Endless, Thessaly reigns supreme. Bunny slippers of DOOOOOM! :mwahaha:
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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Esoretal Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
It's beautiful! I adore the way you used the limited color palette to pull all of the many images together. Even the sun gives off a cool, comforting feeling.
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thank you so much! I'm glad the palette I chose is going over well, honestly I thought people really wouldn't like it. It was tricky getting across the actual colors of certain things while sticking to the muted purples/greens/blues/berries, but it was a really fun exercise in control too. :)
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patty-space Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:WOW: Just amazing.
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thank you! :D
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xxLulu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it's so wonderful : )
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I'm glad you like it!
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are SO talented. This is a great pic.
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thanks so much! :D
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime!
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Terrauh Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! That must have taken a lot of time and patience. great job!
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thanks so much! It was a job and a half making sure everything looked like it belonged there, but I was really happy with the result and my fiance loves it. :D
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NewEmma Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much details wow!
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Oh it took a bit of doing! :faint:
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NewEmma Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can believe you, and it's worth it!
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I'm glad you think so! :D
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alischan Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
:) this is awesome ! :+fav:
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:iconredheaded-step-child:
redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
Thanks so much! :D
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CrystallineEssence Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2008
That's so weird, I just did an art of The Sandman! Awesome! :)
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redheaded-step-child Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I saw that, very cool portrait of Dream!
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CrystallineEssence Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
yay! ^_^
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