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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fog Swimmer


A great moment from the Doctor Who Christmas special.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire- computer collage

It was surprising to see news articles about the great lady around today. Apparently someone discovered a lost interview with her and will be releasing it on the 15th, but I'm sure you've heard all about it already.
Here's something to look at in the mean time - click on image for a 1024 x 768 wallpaper -

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Troughtonesque to Twilight"

India Ink on Card Stock

It's hard to believe that it was less than a year ago, when fandom was getting it's first look at the Eleventh Doctor's costume. People were saying that Matt Smith was too young, too "emo" to be the Doctor. Set report pictures were sparking outbursts of both joy and apprehension.
I find it interesting that, in emotional times for fans, these set report pictures take on a sort of mystical importance.
It seems to capture a moment when our heroes were still strangers.

*click image to see larger version*

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blue Box #2

Issue #2 of the Doctor Who fanzine Blue Box is out now.
Cover design and logo by the amazing Alex Lydiate, featuring artwork by me.
It's an old school paper zine with lots more fantastic stuff inside, check it out!

Yes at long, long last #2 is here!

Its taken a while but I think its worth it - packed with wonderful articles from some of the best Doctor Who contributors out there. We have Season Fnrag Reviews, Prom Review, Fang Rock Reviews, a great piece of Fan Fiction, stunning Fan Art plus more insights and thoughts about our favourite show.

Dont delay buy today!

£1.50 UK
£2.50 Rest of World

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Doctor Who Exhibit calls for fan art!

press release:

Who's the Rubbish Artist in Times Square?

Life Science Centre appeals for more Who art

Self confessed 'Rubbish Artist' Julie Easley, from Saltburn in Cleveland thought it would be a good idea to show her rubbish portrait (David Tennant in the guise of the 10th Time Lord) to organizers of the official BBC Doctor Who exhibition currently running at the Centre for Life, Newcastle.

Rubbish, as in recycled newspaper, and 'a labour of love' (her description) which has taken her over 55 hours to complete and uses over 22 newspapers (local) and a litre and a half of glue.

Artist Julie says "Making art from rubbish is my passion and, specifically, re-using locally sourced materials using traditional handcrafted techniques. I create ‘one-offs’ which are quirky, unique and injected with a sense of fun, transforming untraditional materials into works of art. I love the feeling of creating beautiful pieces from rubbish and especially the delighted reactions I get."

The team at the Centre for Life were suitably impressed and have offered 'gallery' space within the reception area of the Bio Science Centre directly opposite the Life Science Centre (bypassing the Lady Boys of Bangkok!) where the official BBC Doctor Who exhibition is currently housed until the end of October.

"We like the idea that visitors to our Doctor Who exhibition will be able to also visit the exhibition as they leave Times Square to see how this popular icon can influence artists. We've had lots of visitors who have specifically come to see the intricacies of the model making, special artistic effects and costume design and who have found the attraction inspiring and we're hoping they've gone on to create something Doctor Who related? We're keen to fill the exhibition space with more Doctor Who related artwork…

Interested artists are asked to submit pictures of their Who related artwork by jpeg and email to with the header entitled 'doctor who art for consideration' with a brief description and explanation. Artwork must be available to loan to Life until the end of October to coincide with the end of the exhibition.

"To fill the space with recent works that have been created locally since the exhibition opened in May would be a marvelous tribute to one of the best exhibitions we've hosted to date and in our 10th birthday year" they say.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Children of Earth

India Ink on Water Color Paper
Done by request of, and featured in the Doctor Who fanzine The Terrible Zodin.
Issue #8 now available for free download.
go check it out!
from the TTZ website...

[This issue is dedicated to the period between production of TV series 1990 - 2003. Whilst many call it The Wilderness Years I hope this issue proves it was anything but. Indeed I hope you're sitting comfortably because TTZ8 is a whopping Target novelization sized 104 pages!

We bring you the concluding part of our interview with Paul Cornell and have a new exclusive interview with Lance Parkin. We sing the praises of the New Adventures, debate canon, dissect the theme tune and throw ourselves in to the Timelash!

Regular columnists Tony Gallichan and Steve Sautter are on board and we're pleased to announce a new member to join their roster, the mysterious Susie Who who'll be coming from the perspective of a casual viewer rather than a hardcore fan.]

Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Dalek Tree

Is this some terrible mutant secretly created by Davros!?!
No, it' s a wonderful mutant created by Africa's harsh climate plus a dash of natural selection.
It's called an Adenium Obesum, and yes, that's what it's supposed to look like. I did prune in the "eye" intentionally a few years ago to make it more Dalek-like though.
That's a 4 3/4 inch tall action figure Dalek next to it for scale, by the way.
These are wonderful plants, buy one if you ever get the chance. (bonded poly carbide armor not included)

Monday, September 27, 2010

The iDaleks

India ink on card stock

There has been a lot said on the subject of the new paradigm Daleks, a lot of it negative.
Their introductory story, "Victory" wasn't terrible, but it wasn't really firing on all eight cylinders either.
Many people have complained about the new design, but I think that they've been redesigned in a very clever way, from the inside out.
The Daleks have always had a huge problem from a story telling point of view, they're too hateful, too well armed, too numerous and too intelligent to lose against the Doctor.
Daleks are supposedly these super smart homogeneous hate machines with total intolerance for other living things, but you can't just have them glide into a room and exterminate everyone without some threats and dialog first. It's not a great way to tell a story.
The writers have always had to deal with this problem, had to concoct some reason or another why the Daleks aren't acting like their nature dictates that they should, exterminating first and asking questions later (if at all).
There are quite a few ways around this narrative problem, some of them brilliant, but they've pretty much all been done before in the long history of Doctor Who, and with repetition they'll seem more contrived every time.
Enter the iDalek-
Now instead of one race of identical killing machines, we have five distinct Dalek types; A Drone (red), a strategist (blue), a scientist (orange), a mysterious Eternal Dalek (yellow) and a Supreme Dalek (white).
I've heard plenty of people dismiss this as an artless attempt to sell more toys.
I really don't see it that way. It seems to me like it's literally a new paradigm, a whole new way of thinking about the Daleks.
Now for the first time they can have conflicting opinions and debates among themselves and realistically be unsure of which course of action to take, instead of constantly failing in the same way over and over again like a villain from the 60's Batman TV show.
Maybe the scientist Dalek is against exterminating the Doctor because he wants to question him about time travel, maybe the strategist Dalek is against exterminating the Doctor because he wants him to be free to rally their enemies and bring them out of hiding.
All of a sudden the Daleks can have differing opinions and therefore much more complicated goals and motivations, not to mention, dialog amongst themselves more in depth than "I Obey!"
If they sell a few extra toys, that's great too. From what I remember of playing as a child, it's a lot like story telling. Let's not forget Mr. Moffat's in the same line of work.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


conte pencil on black card stock

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Kettlewell's Robot

gouache on black card stock

Well, it's not gouache exactly. It's water based and opaque though, it's sold as a "white watercolor".


Robot was a turning point for Doctor Who, and what better to pivot on than a familiar old-school sci-fi standard, a big hulking robot.

watercolor & aluminum foil with computer CSO effect

With added silliness and very ambitious special effects, The fourth Doctor's era moves away from the "Imagination+Realism" formula which kept adults interested in the Pertwee era, to the "Big Ideas, no matter how silly it looks" formula which kept adults interested in the Baker era.

*click images to see them wallpaper sized. The first one is 1600x900, the other two are 1024x768

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Now you can baffle those pesky non-Whovians with a beautiful and bewildering Draculasaurus T-shirt! This obscure joke makes use of fact that the tragic bureaucrat from Torchwood: Children of Earth, and the Sixth Doctor's shape-shifting companion from the 80's comic strips, share the same name.
Just imagine how long that would take to explain to grandma!
click on the top picture for a 1024x768 wallpaper

*No longer available due to the overly enthusiastic BBC legal department*

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Pigbin Josh

For anyone who doesn't know, Pigbin Josh is a minor comic relief character from the 1971 Doctor Who story The Claws of Axos. He is a mentally handicapped scrap collector who encounters a crashed spaceship and becomes the first victim of the Axons.

I first became interested in painting him when I realized that without the comedic music and nonsensical muttering he's really quite a sad character.

The terrible weather and desolate slate piles of Dungeness provide an incredibly dreary backdrop for Josh's brief story.

It's no surprise that this series of paintings are consistently my least popular work. Am I dragging Doctor Who fan art, kicking and screaming, in a new direction or just being silly?
Probably a little of both.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Planet of Evil

watercolor on card stock

This is one of my favorite pieces that I've done.
In Doctor Who fan art, you don't always get to have your subject emotionally connecting with the background, so you keep your eye out for moments like this. Sarah and the Doctor reacting to a frightening sound from the alien jungle in "Planet of Evil".
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-or click here for a 1024x768 version.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Portrait of Jon Pertwee

oil on canvas 18" x 14"

Here's something. It's not exactly new, but I've never been able to get a good photograph of it until now. Oil paintings can be really difficult to photograph, especially when they're still fresh and shiny.
*Click on the image for a 1024 x 768 wallpaper version

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Gallifrey One Postcard

Ink wash on 140 lb. cold press Watercolor paper -colorized by computer
(logo copyright Gallifrey One)

This year I had the honor of designing a postcard for Gallifrey One's Catch22: Islands of Mystery Doctor Who convention. -and I'm not being modest when I call it an honor, It's one of the most high profile venues for Doctor Who fan art around.
It's mind boggling to imagine thousands of copies of my art, printed out in high quality, and in the hands of Doctor Who fans all around the world.

I also just found out that I'll actually be able to attend this year's (2011) convention.
See you there!

Gallifrey One's Catch22: Islands of Mystery website or #gally on twitter

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Draculasaurus Comic #2

I finished "writing" Draculasaurus Comic #2 last night.
Of course, writing a comic with no words is really just drawing, but it takes a surprising amount of planning.
Volume two is going to be a lot bigger than vol. one was, eight pages longer and with more panels per page.
While the underlying theme of the first comic was water/thirst and spaces, volume two is about food and form.
Coming soon? well I'm just one man, but it's officially in the production stage.
That's something I guess.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Third Doctor and Jo

ink on card stock

Here's one of my new pieces, a portrait of The Third Doctor and Jo.
These ink pieces are really unforgiving, every tiny brush stroke is visible, and once it's been done there's no undoing it. I usually mess them up somehow, but I'm really pleased with this one.
I didn't get a great likeness of Katy Manning, but I thing I really nailed the look of infatuated concern and wonderment she gave the Doctor sometimes.

*click the image to see it larger

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Doctor Who meets Van Gogh

oil on canvas 2009

I may as well start out with this one, it's my most well known piece.
I painted this for a wallpaper competition on a Doctor Who forum, I lost.
This was not inspired by the 2010 Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor", neither did it inspire that episode, it's just a coincidence.
People seem to like to debate about the logic behind the translated text on the TARDIS it's self.
It's interesting to think about how the psychic link translator and the chameleon circuit might interact.
*click on the image for a 1024x768 wallpaper sized version*