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5th Doctor – back at it

August 29, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m back to work on the 5th Doctor’s portrait. I know it’s been some 9 months, but I haven’t forgotten!

I’ve decided to try a different look this time. I’ve set up the background texture and colour based on what I learned with Four’s portrait and laid in some base colour. I want to try to  focus on the head and arms and leave the rest a bit unfinished, so I’ve let the background show through on his back and torso.

I did a bit of detailing to his chest and hair. Thank god for his straight blonde hair – after Tom Baker’s mop, it was downright easy.  I’m not looking forward to Colin Baker at all.

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5th Doctor – Ambition levels: rising

January 5, 2013 Leave a comment

So after some watching and re-watching,  I’ve decided on a screenshot. This has always been my favourite 5th Doctor scene: Coming across a tray of celery on a table at a party, the Doctor looks over his own celery, then the celery on the tray… takes two stalks from the tray, comapres them, picks one, and replaces his own celery with it.

 

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It’s tricker than I’ve tried before – more of his body showing, hands present, face not very clear. I’ve got more screenshots of just his face in almost similar poses if I need them. I’m cautiously optimistic – this drawing went by a lot faster than my first attempt at the 4th Doctor.  Here’s my sketch:

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4th Doctor – Complete

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Done a lot of work since last post. I’ve pretty much stopped using my screenshot reference and the walkthrough in the book. I decided I really didn’t like the impasto effect, so I’ve done a lot of work smoothing that out. I’ve done some work adding extra reflected light, and corrected the colour on the green part of scarf on the right side of the neck.

And of course, the final touches, the eyes. Finished at last! It was a long haul, but it’s worth it. I’m very happy with my progress on this one.

 

On to Doctor number five!

4th Doctor – Detail Pass

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

I actually finished this step some time ago, but haven’t gotten around to posting it. Finished the first detail pass – a lot of work done on the jacket, the scarf, the background and the hat.  I’m finding I’m referring less and less to my reference image as I work. I’m still looking at it for the face, but I’ve been working on my own for everything else.

 

4th Doctor – blocking

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Next step in the process: blocking in. This went pretty  quickly, and I already feel I’m getting a better likeness than last time. Managed to get a little bit of step 3 done, a detail pass of the face.

I’m making good progress – I’m pretty psyched. Let’s hope I can get my momentum back.

 

4th Doctor – once more from the top

September 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Sorry I haven’t had much time to work on this lately, I’ve been busy all summer working on a few charity projects IRL.

I really didn’t like how the previous attempts at this Doctor were coming out, so I’ve decided to start again, with my usual method of working from a screenshot.  Since the previous three have all been fairly happy expressions, I’ve decided to go with something a bit more serious this time:

 

After a few rounds of sketching, I’ve got my base sketch:

 

This time  I’m planning on working through chapter one of Advanced Painter Techniques by Don Seegmiller, using this drawing instead of the one from the book. Wish me luck!

 

4th Doctor – Hairstyling

Been a while since I worked on this, but I’m getting kind of tired of working on this. I’ve learned a lot, but I’m eager to get this to a point where I can call it ‘done’ and move it on to the next one.

Mostly worked around the hair and face, but I’ve added some reflected light on the jacket and scarf. I’ll need to do another pass of this once I’ve got the head done.