Monday, November 3, 2014

Hurricane Who 5 and the 5th Doctor!

So I just completed being at Hurricane Who here in Orlando once again and it was really wonderful to see so many people that I have met over the years be there all once again to catch up and have some fun. Plus I really love Doctor Who. Once again the always great Terry Malloy (Davros) was there as well as my first Doctor, Peter Davison. Now you might remember that Mr. Davison was there a few years ago and I found it ironic that the first Doctor that I discovered on screen would be the first one for me to meet in person as well. He was polite and seemed very nice, if not reserved.

So, since I had some free time after updating my multi-Doctor piece, I thought of doing another 5th Doctor picture as well. Always fun finding bits of photos from here and there and "frankenstiening" them together to make a new pose and then painting it! Here is my 5th Doctor!!

And now an amusing story of what happened Saturday night at the event. Seated next to me was Ingrid Oliver, who played Osgood in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. She didn't sit there much, but when she came out to sign autographs, that was her spot. So, a little while after she had been sitting to sign and take pictures, who but Peter Davison himself comes walking up to say hello to her and give her a big hug and a kiss. They obviously had met before and here I was sitting not three feet from this exchange. I then catch Peter Davison's eye and I ask him "No hug and kiss for me??" He smiled and quickly responded "You are not pretty enough." and went right back to his conversation. I was stunned. My Doctor had shot me down! Not pretty enough. So the next morning I had thoughts of printing out this picture and bringing it with me for Peter Davison to sign just to show him that Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor, thought I was pretty enough to hug and kiss. I didn't tho. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Twelve Doctors!

So here it is. I don't know if it was "long awaited", but it had to be done. One of my most viewed posts here at my blog as been for my 11 Doctors piece several years ago and since then people have been looking at it pretty regularly. I guess you could say that it is the picture that I have become known for. If you consider that I am known. And I am not.

So not only did I finally add Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor into the foreground as he should be, but I have also changed the art for the 2nd, 5th and 6th Doctors as well!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12th Doctor. 'Toon Style!

It's been a while now since I have drawn in my "toon style" look but I knew that it was inevitable that I would again as I enjoy it so much even if it is more work than people think it is. Oddly enough, the realistic paintings are MUCH easier and faster to do. The reason is that I know ahead of time what they are supposed to look like. Simple as that. There is no designing phase and endless trial and error in my sketchbook about the shape of the head or the nose. But what I do love about the cartoon versions is the complete freedom it gives me. I am not bound by my reference! The other reason that it was inevitable to do this was that I just had to update my Doctor Who picture that features all the actors in the role (well, all except Peter Cushing and John Hurt). The drawings leading up to the final are scattered among many pages in my sketchbook and you may be able to spot a few here and there from my Facebook posts. Straight up, I am far too lazy to hunt them all down and re-scan and post them here. But I am posting the working drawings as well as the final so you really do get the "meat and potatoes" of this one!

Ok. ONE early sketchbook doodle!

Digital sketch and color.

Final Pencil.

Digital Inking.

Flat Colors.

Final Art.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Most Interesting Man in the World is.............Bill Murray!

Well of course it is! Who doesn't like Bill Murray?? Groundhog Day? Ghostbusters?? Meatballs?? Caddyshack??? The list goes on and on and I am sure that everyone out there has a favorite Bill Murray movie. If not, you probably stopped reading this one already. I have seriously NO clue as to what motivated me to paint this. None! I didn't have a fever or anything at the time, but oddly enough, I am just getting better from having one since painting it. Maybe I time traveled and did this out of order?? Doing "mash-ups" is not really my thing as my brain just doesn't work that way so as to why I suddenly felt the urge to depict Bill as the Dos Equis guy and add a nod to the "Stripes" poster was something of a shock for me. It just seemed natural and it helped narrow down the type of reference I needed of Bill as I wanted him to have his beard. The piece came together quite quickly and I was pretty please in the end, even if it didn't look like him to me at times during the painting process.

Ladies and Germs, .....Bill F@#*ing Murray!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Peter Capaldi IS The Doctor!

So the 12th Doctor has premiered and the chatter has been all over the inter-webs. Love him? Hate him? He really is like a head of state in the fact that everyone has an opinion in not just who should be The Doctor but how he is performing in the role as well. I try to avoid most conversation regarding faith and politics but I must admit that I find myself in deep conversations (debates) about Doctor Who. I just recently got sucked into an online debate over the numbering of Capaldi within the myth. I say he is the twelfth (obviously based on the title of this post) but there are factions out there that say he is the 13th or even the 14th. I will state my opinion here, because this is MY blog after all, and you can state yours in the comments section or on your own blog. Fair enough? Good. I think he is the 12th since even tho 10 "regenerated" twice, doesn't make him two different Doctors! I also don't count John Hurt's War Doctor since he didn't call himself "The Doctor" and that I think Steven Moffat made a mistake by creating and shoe-horning in that incarnation of the character. I have even stated before that while I enjoyed John Hurt's performance, I think it would have been better served if Paul McGann's 8th Doctor played that part. There. I said it. It's online so it can never be taken back. I'm okay with that. For now.

I also always state that the current Doctor is always my favorite Doctor. Certain ones will always resonate more with me (Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Matt Smith) than others (Jon Pertwee), but I like to keep looking forward as well.

Peter Capaldi IS the Doctor!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Another Superman!

Just can't seem to stop this train that I am on. Now, while I went on with nostalgia in my previous two Superman posts, I have no such affection for the original actor to don the cape and boots. I never saw then shown on TV as a kid and only occasionally saw his picture in articles written about Superman in various newspapers or magazines. I knew OF him, but never saw his two movie serial outings until I received copies of them on VHS one Christmas. They were fun to watch but obviously not great stuff. The two biggest things of note were that Noel Neil (who famously played Lois Lane in TV's The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves from season two onward) also played Lois here. The other was that Superman turned into an animated cartoon to fly! Was not nearly as good as the Captain Marvel serial from the same era. Oh well. Fun stuff at least. Here is a quick Kirk Alyn.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Strange Visitor from Another Planet!

A friend of mine recently told a story that happened to him at his job recently. He basically made a reference to an old TV show (Burns and Allen I believe) and nobody had any idea what he was talking about. Why would they not know? How did he know about it (he is too young to have seen it as well) and not his younger co-workers. Cable TV is the simple answer. To kids my age, we grew up without it and had to watch re-runs of classic shows long since gone. Heck, I remember being floored to find out that Walt Disney died before I was even born! "How?? I JUST saw him on Sunday night!!??" Where am I going with all this? To Superman of course. I grew up watching re-runs of The Lone Ranger, Batman and of course, The Adventures of Superman! I loved them all and watched them every single day after school. I wore a red towel around my neck and underpants on top of my blue pajamas and loved it!! I still remember my dad drawing out the "S" and having my grandmother sew it onto a shirt for me. George Reeves WAS Superman! I still hold a large amount of fondness for the show and have several on DVD and George's famous appearance on I Love Lucy is on my DVR!