I’ve been re-watching Doctor Who recently. I had so many requests at Forest City ComicCon for paintings of Nine and Ten that I knew I had to honour them. Let’s face it, without those Doctors, we wouldn’t have the show we have now.
But Nine is a real bitch to get a good cap of. He’s always moving. Always stretching his face weirdly. And, at least on Netflix, he’s always slightly blurry. None of this makes for good paintings.
Ten also has some issues. But I have a ton more video to work from. So of course I picked the most iconic, most heart wrenching moment I could find. And one that I’ve done before, only in chalk.
Back in 2013 when I was still deciding what I wanted to do with my art. I was playing around with various media from chalk to wax to whatever. I did a few chalk pieces starring Nine and Ten. Neither of which were fabulous but I have a soft spot for anyway.
I’d forgotten about them until I went to get references for my current paintings. Amazing how fleeting the memory can be.
I didn’t realise it at the time, but I was coming down with a bug while painting this. I actually stopped 2/3 of the way in because I was tired. TIRED. I don’t get tired. I plough on until I drop from exhaustion or get so wired on a lack of sleep that I paint more. Tired isn’t in my vocabulary. And so I finished the painting in spite of my need to drop. So there are less photos than normal, because stopping to take them was slowing me down.
But I think feeling run down lowered my defenses enough to pull out a variation on my current Day-Glo-type style. I made decisions I wouldn’t have normally made just to get to an effect faster.
I made different colour choices too.
I think, in the end, everything worked out great. The feels are in place. The colours are brilliant. The painting has the essence of watercolour, though it’s acrylic.
And you know what else? It’s part of a dyptych! That means there’s a mate to this painting. I just haven’t painted it yet. Better hope I kick this bug fast so I can get back to the studio to paint Rose.
Acrylic on canvas
Prints are available HERE in my shop.
I’m going to be in a pop-up art show! Next week in London. Head on over to my events page for more details. It’s all the fun you can have outside of ComicCon. And you know that those are barrels of fun already.