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Dream King 1, READ FIRST by TheArtfulMegalodon Dream King 1, READ FIRST by TheArtfulMegalodon
Hello!!! I hope you’ve been smart and have waited to read the six pages of this story IN ORDER, as denoted by the TITLES of the darn things. (You’d be amazed how many people don’t get the fact that I’m going out of my way to make this easier for you people!^^;) The actual story is written below. (Stay tuned!)

For my Intro to Sequential Art class, we were most recently asked to write a short children’s story that could appeal to both children and adults. I was allowed to use published characters – which made this poor soul very happy – and so I borrowed Dream from the Sandman graphic novels (haven’t read ’em? You should!) as well as the Dreaming world, the gate guardians, and Matthew (the raven). It could be any raven, but I like Matthew. It’s not the happiest story, but everyone who’s read it says they like it, so it must be okay! We were then told to do watercolor illustrations, at least 6x8” in size, to enhance said story. I spent a LONG time on mine, and I, for one, like the way they turned out. I hope you do, too. And now, enjoy the first page of the story!

There was once a great and powerful king.

His kingdom was a vast, strange, and wondrous place. It wasn’t a place that you could get to by car or by train, by land, air or sea. It was far too strange for that.
This king ruled over the land of dreams. When you fell asleep at night, your dream self would enter his domain. The king ruled over both good dreams and bad, happy dreams that left you smiling when you woke up, and nightmares that made you afraid. He had skin as pale as the full moon, hair as black as a raven’s wing, and deep, mysterious eyes as dark as the midnight sky. He was very intelligent, and had lived for a very long time, though to most people he looked like a young man.
Although the King of Dreams was a good king, he was often lonely. He had no one to love, and no one who loved him. There were only dreams, nightmares, and strange creatures to keep him company.
Every once in a while, a dreamer stumbled upon his castle by chance, and would find the king in his throne room.

And because I’m nice, I’ve given you lovely little links to the next pages…
On to Page 2! [link]
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hakucho Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
I haven't seen the original, but I reckon that the scanned version still has very beautiful colours. :) I also like how you worked in the flames in his robes, for each of his appearances in the story.

And I see that the ruby's there, too. Perhaps this was set before he got imprisoned? ;3
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Yes, it would have been. I guess. Eh, alternate timeline. Whatever. Glad you like it!
hakucho Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
It doesn't matter about the timeline ;) I just thought it was interesting! :heart:
swordbunny4486 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006
That is simply wow.
Nalana Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Hobbyist
That image is amazing. THe time and effort put in really shows. You own that medium!
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
Aww. Thanks for that. I'm actually working on a watercolor right now...
OneFireFly Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2005
I love Sandman! Good job on the story and the art! It's wonderful!
voodoo143 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
your story is most cool. Very accuret to the origanl. great work
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005
Thank you. If ever I use other people's characters, I always want to stay as true as possible to their personalities and moods and mannerisms. I've seen other take-offs on Sandman stuff, and I've often been disappointed. I didn't want to disappoint any of my viewers (few though they be.) I've never been one to try and put my own "twist" on someone else's story or characters. I'll make up the story, sure, but I wouldn't mess with a good thing. Thanks for the comment. Didn't know people were still looking at this story. I feel loved. :love:
voodoo143 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2005
you are most welcom. I have done my own omage to Sandman and been quite happy with the resultes.
Sskessa Featured By Owner May 11, 2005
Wow great watercolor! I'm always impressed by good watercolors, they're so hard. Great story too. Wish I had some critique but this is all beyond me.
JesterAG Featured By Owner May 10, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
I already told you what I think, but I will re-iterate it here for posterity and for your adoring public to read. ;)

I love the story. It fits very nicely into the Sandman feel and reminds me of that story Yohitaka Amano illustrated for Gaiman a few years back. The only thing sad about the DA version is you don't get to see all of the pretty sparklies in the gold and silver paints. I consider myself lucky that I was able to see them in person because the sparkles really add to the effect.

The ONLY thing that bothers me about the set is the last page. Morpheus' hand is just way too small in that picture to be his hand and it doesn't seem to fit well with the realistic proportions everything else seems to have in the series.

Other than that, AWESOME job and I think you should send this in to Gaiman himself. ^_^
SheCow Featured By Owner May 9, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
XD Yay U put it Up:heart: The Real one Looks lot better TT___TT but it still looks Awesome ~(((`3`)
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner May 10, 2005
Yes, it's a shame that the colors can't be as beautiful once scanned in. I especially had trouble making the greens look at all like greens.
alustaca Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
great pic love the bird
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner May 9, 2005
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