Friday 13 September 2013

My IDW Dr Who comicbook

Here's a link to my one and only IDW Dr Who comicbook that I drew - terrifically coloured by Kris Carter! We were chasing a very tight deadline and Richard Starkings ( who took over as writer from Gary Russell) would email me script pages daily which I'd madly draw and send off to Kris as editor Denton Tipton watched over us. The story called COLD BLOODED WAR featured Draconians and Ice Warriors and was set on Draconia. Fans of the tv series will no doub't realise this was a love letter to the two brilliant Peladon stories. It was a blast to imagine Draconia - visually a very Middle Eastern influenced world in the book. It even featured an elite Draconian Ninja force who brought a decent quota of action to a rather moving story. I never drew another IDW book ( not sure why) but have coloured a few Dr Dwo books for them since which was a pleasure!

Tuesday 10 September 2013


On a cheerier note here's a slew of pencils for some recent Timeteam illustrations! As ever determining what to draw is done by eliminating all but the essential imagery to convey what the story is about and looking for opportunities to present this. For instance in BLINK the essential images were the girl , the Weeping Angel , the Doctor and as a last thought the key. Whilst this exact image doesn't appear precisely in the story in every detail at once- the illustration still conveys what goes on in a broader sense. This could easily have occured. In the FAMILY OF BLOOD illustration of the Doctor being kissed you will see the alterations I had to make to the Doctor's hair and jacket. I drew him too much like the Doctor initially rather than as John Smith the teacher. In 42 I had the visored man's fist raised first but this was changed to him opening the visor. It's small changes like this that can add a big impact to a piece of art.