YOSHITAKA AMANO THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS 1999 Watercolor on paper
Award-winning painter Amano never sells his original artwork; this was a gift to his collaborator on Dream Hunters.
From the collection of Neil Gaiman
As promised, here are a couple more photos (aggregated) from the Cartoon Art Museum's Sandman exhibit (held earlier this year). Viewing original artwork imparts a gamut of emotions - admiration, awe, wonder, joy, and countless others. When I first laid eyes on Amano's Dream Hunters painting, my initial response was definitely one of awe. Wonder, admiration, and joy were quick to follow, but awe arrived first. Amano’s Dream Hunters caught me off-guard, or more accurately the sheer scope of the piece did. I included a second image (below) in order to convey a sense of scale. Bear in mind, original comic book cover art is typically much larger than the product it’s eventually printed to, and that generalization holds true for the adjacent Sandman Overture cover art. I knew going into the exhibit that I’d have the pleasure of bearing witness to a Yoshitaka Amano original, but despite that foreknowledge, I was ill-prepared for the majestic presence of the piece. If you ever have an opportunity to experience Yoshitaka Amano’s artwork firsthand, do so.
More Sandman exhibit photos are forthcoming, as well as a few photos from the museum’s other galleries. Even the museum’s gift shop, which employs rather novel signage, is fair game.
As part of Gabriel Picolo’s 365 Days of Doodles project, he recently went on a tear of daily reinterpretations of some of our favorite basic-cable animations from the long-lost era of “around 10-15 years ago.”