So, it's a weird story, but a true one:
I haven't slept well or soundly for about nine months. My insomnia started in August 2019 and has kept up its vicious pattern doggedly and insistently.
During the last months of shelter-in-place, enduring a solo quarantine in the COVID epicenter, literally surrounded by a horrendous amount of death and fear, on top of the increased stress of teaching four different classes online, I found that my insomnia worsened, and I realized I would go crazy if I didn't find a solution. So I started drawing at nighttime. Drawing before bed usually helps, and most of the pictures are not anything that was for work, just something to calm my mind.
One such drawing, "Sleep", I made as an offering and a wish. In my online post I hoped that it would "bring on the Sandman."
But...the thing is, it did. First of all, I slept soundly that night for the first time in a long while.
Secondly, I woke up with this in my head, fully formed. And the main character? The Sandman, Dream, Morpheus...(a creation of Neil Gaiman for his comic series of the same name.). I had literally "brought him on." So, I woke up and immediately sketched out the story so it wouldn't fade away, as dreams do. But that, too, did not fade. It was a gift. So, thanks, Sandman, and Neil Gaiman, for the rest. I think the Sandman must be real. This was how that character looked in my own mind.
(Made during weeks 9 and 10 of COVID-19 shelter-in-place, Queens, NY).
"Bring Me a Dream" Jessica Boehman, Watercolor and digital. Lettering by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios. May 2020. See more details here.
Based on the copyrighted character of The Sandman created by Neil Gaiman.
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As I work on book #2, which I can't share, I have been spending a little time here and there dealing with the fallout of the pandemic, social isolation, living in what was the epicenter for about 6 weeks, and the illness and death of people I know. Drawing helps. Here's the first of the batch: there's sure to be more.