Daily Archives: October 22nd, 2016

Doctor Who, Innovating Television: Patrick Troughton

I’m finally getting back to my promise of creating a series of portraits based on the actors who have portrayed the Doctor in this classic BBC science-fiction program. Patrick Troughton took over the role in 1966 from William Hartnell, who was there in the beginning. This was a huge thing, conceptually for a television program of any kind to attempt.

Sure, actors have replaced other actors in roles all the time. It happens on the stage regularly and people don’t really bat an eye… but there is an understood contract with the audience in play when it happens. The actor agrees to do his best to continue the role began by another and the audience agrees to ignore the change in actor and assume the character is the same as it has always been. This is far easier to do in a play, where it is a single story being played out over and over again. Serialized television, however, asks you to accept that the new stories with a different actor are still happening to the same character as before.

Some shows cannot pull off the switch. When an actor decides to leave a role, or unfortunately is taken by surprise death in real life, studios have to make a tough call as to whether to attempt to continue the role, and even the show, without that actor or write off the role, or cancel the show. Many a show has been derailed by a casting change.

But with Doctor Who, the BBC did something quite genius that hadn’t been tried before… they not only didn’t ask you to ignore the change in actor… they specifically asked you to embrace the change by acknowledging it within the show itself. Regeneration was offered as an explanation of how a Timelord could restore a failing body to new life. The old personality and facade goes away and is replaced by a new persona with all the memories and experience of the previous edition. The viewer doesn’t have to ignore anything, it’s all incorporated into the story! You get to know the new Doctor as he gets to know himself. The grandfatherly curmudgeon was thus replaced by the scheming amiable prankster, and the show marched onward.

The second actor tasked to continue the role of the Doctor was Patrick Troughton

patrick-troughton-doctor-who

While Hartnell is properly credited for being a huge part of the show’s early and ongoing success… Troughton is sometimes not given enough credit for establishing the template that would allow this show to endure for more than 50 years now! Patrick Troughton unquestioningly convinced you that he was both the same Doctor that always was AND an entirely new Doctor you had never before seen. His run in the role made it possible for all the other actors that followed.

Similar to my first illustration in this series, this one is in black and white as well. The TV show did not change over to color production until the third doctor (Jon Pertwee coming soon). I like the look of this style of illustration and feel like it pairs well with my previous drawing of the first Doctor.

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Inktober 2016 Part 3

Finally, posting in the present tense! We come to the third week of Inktober, and more of my daily drawings to post. Check out what I did for Week One and Week Two, or visit the Inktober Web site to learn more about the concept.

For Week Three, I’m still doing 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustrations.

Inktober 2016 Week Three:

sk34-morbius-vampireMorbius the Living Vampire

sk35-count-orlockCount Orlock

sk36-casperCasper

sk37-wendyWendy

sk38-hot-stuffHot Stuff

sk39-ghostly-trioGhostly Trio

sk40-warrior-womanWarrior Woman

This week’s personal favorite? Hot Stuff! I also like my Morbius and Count Orlock. I did a little series there for several days of classic Harvey Comics characters, because I loved reading those comics as a kid! I also love the classic Nosferatu film, featuring Max Schreck as the creepiest vampire ever filmed! My Warrior Woman was going to be a proper Wonder Woman, but I drew her too large and had no room for specific costume details that would have made her more easily recognizable.

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Inktober 2016 Part 2

And so we came to the second week of Inktober. You can take a look at what I did for Week One, or visit the Inktober Web site to learn more about the concept. I’m continuing to play catch-up as I didn’t get to post this during its intended weekend due to my recent Internet outage.

For Week Two, I continued with the 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustrations.

Inktober 2016 Week Two:

sk27-masked-dudeMasked Dude

sk28-human-torchHuman Torch

sk29-the-thingThe Thing

sk30-invisible-womanInvisible Woman

sk31-mr-fantasticMister Fantastic

sk32-flaming-skullFlaming Skull

sk33-man-thingMan-Thing

My easy favorite from this week was the Man-Thing! It was everything I wanted it to be. I probably like the Flaming Skull second best. FYI, the Masked Dude was going to be Green Lantern but I didn’t quite get where I wanted with it… similarly, the Flaming Skull was going to be Ghost Rider until I realized I didn’t leave enough room to draw any of his costume so there’s no way you’d know it was him. I also did a Fantastic Four subset this week. I mostly wanted to draw the Human Torch and the Thing, but felt like I ought to include the other two just to have a complete set! 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Inktober 2016 Part 1

Inktober is a thing, in October, started by Jake Parker back in 2009. It has grown over the years but the core concept is to complete and share one ink drawing per day for the entire month. I’ll skip the detailed history and origins and leave it to you to visit the Inktober Web site for yourself as he covers it pretty well there on his site.

So, I decided to participate this year… and I have been dutifully completing at least one new drawing per day since the beginning of the month. With the exception of that week where I was without Internet access, I have been sharing my creations every day, as I complete them, on Facebook so please check me out there to see what I’m drawing new each day!

My original plan was to make a weekly post here on the blog, and collect the previous week’s worth of dailies so that I didn’t interrupt my comic strip during the week. My Internet outage killed that plan as it spanned more than a week’s duration and killed what would have been my first two weekly update segments… but finally, I’m going to start catching up today.

I decided to go small, and every drawing for Week One is a 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustration.

Inktober 2016 Week One:

sk20-general-leeGeneral Lee

sk21-woman-faceWoman Face

sk22-black-catBlack Cat

sk23-spongebob-squarepantsSpongebob Squarepants

sk24-flashFlash

sk25-green-arrowGreen Arrow

sk26-spider-manSpider-Man

It’s easy to pick my personal favorite from the first week… Spongebob Squarepants! After that I probably like my Spider-Man card second best. Oh, and if you think that black cat looks super creepy, it might be because I gave it intentionally incorrect human-looking eyes just to be weird. 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

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