I’ve been a big Doctor Who fan for as long as I can remember. I honestly cannot remember the time before I watched it. In fact my earliest Who related memory is probably drawing my own comics in school at a very early age. One of which still exists and can be seen here. So obviously I had watched enough of the show for it to inspire me by this point even if I don't recall having watched it before then. I would have just turned 4 when the original run ended so owe a great deal to my Uncles old video collection and the wonder that was UKGOLD and its seemingly endless source of repeats.
This diet was supplemented with the brilliant Doctor Who Magazine and the novelisation's I’d read in school. Much to my teachers annoyance, I just didn't read anything else. I’d draw the illustrations to.Those amazing front covers that gave you the first glimpse of the journey inside. Indeed I feel this process was instrumental in developing my passion for art, I’d always enjoyed drawing but here it was unleashed. I soon discovered I had a bit of a knack for it and it became something I took more seriously, studying at school and going on to achieve a degree in Fine Art. Whilst I wasn't often drawing Daleks I did have a pencil drawing of an Auton in my portfolio during the interview for my degree course. I don't know how much of a difference it made to me getting on the course but I got on regardless.
Not long ago I felt this strange compulsion to return to creating Doctor Who artworks. So I’ve come full circle. Only now of course the show is back on TV and as big and confident as it ever has been even having recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Think about that for a moment. 50 years! Remarkable. Perhaps even more so given how impossible it may have seemed at some points. I’m also rather fond of the brilliant Big Finish audio stories and will often listen to them whilst I work.
Having returned to Who inspired artworks I decided to start at the beginning with a detailed pencil drawing of the great William Hartnell
with the plan of depicting the others like this. Alongside these I make colourful prints. Inspired by the “New Paradigm” Daleks I attempted to create some sort of miss mash of pop art and the visual style of the comics and book illustrations I remember when I was young. Initially these are hand drawn in ink, the essence of which I want to retain, before being coloured digitally. I've recently expanded this technique to take on more complex pieces, closer to something like a movie poster. Check out the "other" section for some examples including a few of my non Who inspired efforts. Pieces are available as prints on paper and canvas in a variety of sizes. For more information and any inquiries please visit and get in touch via the contact page. Sometimes I've got unsold prints left over from an exhibition or art fair, in which case they will appear in the shop section. These have already been made and as such can be sent straight away. Prints of the Doctors drawings are not currently on sale as I'm still looking into the best solution to have them reproduced. However if your interested just ask and I may be able to sort something out! Commissions are considered.
I have a website dedicated to my non Doctor Who practice which you can visit here- www.mattking.weebly.com