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Artist Series – Doctor Who: Dark Journey

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With the launch of Doctor Who: Dark Journey Series 2 we thought it would be a great idea to feature some of the amazing artists that have contributed to the series.  With varying styles, these are the creative forces behind the episode cover art.  From Calgary to England and all the way to Japan, these dedicated Whovians share their take, and more, on The Doctor.  After you’ve been exposed to the awesome talent below, don’t forget to join us right here Saturday June 20 as TheGeeko.com exclusively presents Episode 2 of  Doctor Who: Dark Journey Series 2 – The Case of the Poisoned Sky.
As Doctor Who Month here at TheGeeko.com continues…Artists, meet the Geekos.  Geekos, meet…

 

Jason Neil

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

I started watching Doctor Who in the late 70’s when it aired on the Access Network… I was 4 and had no idea what I was seeing in my television. Looking back at some of the creature effects now there’s no wonder. I watched it and continued to watch this strange man in this ridiculously long scarf wander and trip around saving the universe one episode at a time. He was my hero! he didnt have any super powers, he just had a plan and was simply fantastic. Doctor Who was one of the most human characters for me, he didnt fit in on the surface, but the more you watched him the more you realize the episodes were so much more than a science fiction show. This show brought me real dilemma, and feelings for any of the characters. I realized that we are all very much alike. This show is one that really engraved what I would consider my conscience and humanity.

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

Through Twitter, I post a lot of drawings and Doctor Who posts etc… Dark Journey replied to a few and I started following them. I checked out the Audio dramas and was really impressed. Then we started talking about the second one…

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

Loaded Question… I want to say Four, because he was my first, but the one who has the best stories, and who I relate to the most is definitely Seven. Especially when Ace gets in there; those stories are just so thought provoking and dark. makes you see him in a amazing light. Capaladi is definitely moving up in my books, cant wait for more of him!!!

Where can we find more of your work?

Where indeed… http://jasonneil.com/ is my website, but Im also very active on Instagram (jasonneil03) and Twitter (jasonneil03) if you wanna see where my thoughts wander to regarding my art there is also my blog.. mostly drawings, but occasionally I have thoughts about things I want to draw.

I will be selling at Vul-Con (Vulcan Alberta) July 24-25 & Saskatoon Comic and Entertainment Expo September 19-20. I will also be at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo in spring 2016. Of course I’ll be trying to get to other expos as well, I do enjoy cosplay also 😉

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Dave Ladkin

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

It means a lot, it’s my main passion. I’ve been a fan since I was 5 years old, and it’s inspired me to do so much.

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

Around the time the Dark Journey started, I got a message from MA (Dark Journey Director) on my facebook artwork page, asking if I wanted to help out by providing cover artwork. The guys loved it so much that they asked me to get involved with promo work, and I designed/built the 3D model of the DJ TARDIS interior. The first season told a great story and the second season looks amazing.

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

Since 2013, my favourite changes regularly BUT I grew up with the 7th Doctor.

Where can we find more of your work?

You can find my work at https://www.facebook.com/vortexvisualsuk and http://vortexvisuals.deviantart.com/

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Paul Cooke

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

I like the ideas that Dr Who produces – I can ignore any dodgy effects or other perceived production shortfalls. I’m particularly drawn by ‘expanded universe’ stuff, ever since the back-up strips in the old Dr Who Weekly. That’s where my art lies, generally. As a young fan, I lived in the middle of nowhere, so was never a member of any fan network. This continued for most of my life, until fairly recently; I met up with some fans on the internet. Through these fans, I have had the pleasure of illustrating various fanzines ( Fanwnak, Rassilon’s Rod, CSO, etc) and the rather wonderful fan annual, or Fannual, based on the Dr Who Dalek films. I’ve made a decent group of mates through Dr Who, and it gives me an outlet for my scribbling. Perfect way to relax!

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

I had the link shared onto my timeline on Facebook last series, but I can’t remember who it was who shared it. I like the Big Finish output, and I’ve been listening to audioplays based on Who since the AudioVisuals days, then through BBV, so it was a fair bet I’d enjoy these.

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

Changes depending on mood! Wonderful chaps, all of them!! My favourite period of Who based on everything coming together, (actors, script, production values, etc) is the early Tom Baker couple of series.

Where can we find more of your work?
There’s my deviant art site, http://fresian-cat.deviantart.com/ and my Twitter account, @paulpcooke and if anyone in the UK is a convention goer, I’ll have a table at Nottingham Comic Con this year. There’s a wealth of professional Who artists going, it will be fantastic: http://www.nottinghamcomiccon.co.uk/
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QUESTION No.6

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

I’ve made a lot of friend by being a fan of Doctor Who, not only in my country but worldwide! So for me this drama is about building relationships with people.  Doctor Who also gave me courage to see the world. (like the companions travel through time and space with the Doctor!) Until few weeks ago I stayed in London for a few months to work for Doctor Who as an illustrator. If I hadn’t become interested in this drama, I would not have been able to make such a big change!

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

I found their account on Twitter and their unique story (the Doctor met Sherlock Holmes and investigated Jack the Ripper!!!) caught my eye. The quality of their audio drama is absolutely brilliant!!! It didn’t take long to become a big fan of the Dark Journey!!  I love the character of the Doctor in DJ. His humor in conversations is very different from other Doctors!

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

11th Doctor! He is my first Doctor and his era let me into this huge Doctor Who world!! Especially the story between 11th Doctor and Amelia Pond gave me a nostalgic feeling. When I was a little child I also had an imaginary friend. Whenever I watch “The Eleventh Hour” I dream how wonderful it would be if my imaginary friend appeared in front of me!  Lately I’ve started watching Classic Who and in the classic series my favorite is the 3rd Doctor!

Where can we find more of your work?

Please check my website on Tumblr!  You can see all my works on here 🙂 http://question-no6.tumblr.com/
And if you want to get in touch with me, mail me to this address! question.no06@gmail.com
I’m also in Twitter but usually just in Japanese… If you don’t mind it please follow me! https://twitter.com/question_no6

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Jeff Goddard

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

Being a fan means being inspired… taking the endless possibilities and rushing head long through time and space.

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

I’m rather embarrassed to say they found me. I was very flattered to be approached by MA through my Facebook and DeviantArt pages as he thought my style may suit their fantastic work.

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

Well, Jon Pertwee steals that crown. That said, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton come very close. I am a huge fan of Colin Baker as the sixth Doctor and have a soft spot for John Hurts incarnation too.  Splendid fellows, all of them.

Where can we find more of your work?

I’m normally always on fb – so https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jeff-Goddard-Doctor-Who-Fan-Art/1519733354944835
http://wheezinggrampus.deviantart.com/
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/wheezing-grampus-art

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Gabrielle Schaeffer

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

To me, being a Doctor Who fan, or a Whovian, means being able to put a personal meaning to the show and relate to it to some degree. The show appeals to both my inner adventurer as well as my inner sci-fi geek, and does it in a Russian Roulette kind of way. Each episode is a mystery as to what it will entail, whether it’s comedy, suspense, horror, drama, or what have you, adding that hint of mystery to each one. And each of the Doctor’s reincarnations vary, making each of them unique, yet somewhat the same, which is what keeps me coming back for more.

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

I first discovered The Dark Journey thanks to my friend Todd (a.k.a. Mr. J) who owns and moderators The Droids Canada, a local geek Canadian podcast. He asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, and that’s when I first heard of Doctor Who Dark Journey. They had done an interview for the podcast before, and were helping to promote the page. Shortly after becoming part of the team, I recieved a message from them asking if I would be interested in creating a cover photo for their series 2. It was pretty exciting being able to create art of both one of my favourite shows, as well as make something for something as unique as The Dark Journey!

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

I’d have to say that the ninth Doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston, is my favourite because of the way he portrays the character, but still managed to stick to the original feel to the show. That way, long-time viewers had an easier time easing back into the show, and new viewers were easily captivated by it. He played his role a bit differently than the previous Doctors, giving the character a small twist as to how he would be portrayed in the future. It helped give that small variation between each reincarnation, making things just a bit more interesting and kept you wondering what would happen next.

Where can we find more of your work?

You can find more of my work at the following sites:
http://arachnash.deviantart.com
http://arachnash.tumblr.com/
https://twitter.com/DroidsArachnAsh
www.droidscanada.com

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Steve Andrew

What does being a Doctor Who fan mean to you?

As with most Who fans “of a certain age”, Doctor Who is very personal to me. It’s the very first TV show I was into… actually it was one of my very first memories as a kid. I have fairly distinct memories of the Bohemian Rhapsody video on TV and of Tom Baker getting buried in gravel in a Robots Of Death cliffhanger. Obviously I loved Star Wars like a Class-A drug, but Doctor Who was there before. I even had the awful Tom Baker doll that looked like Gareth Hunt.

Also, and this was just as important to me as the show, I adored the Target novelizations. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have developed a love for reading. Those books were every bit as important to me as Harry Potter is for a whole generation of kids at the start of this century.

How did you discover The Dark Journey?

I had been vaguely aware of it because promos kept popping up on Doctor Who pages I follow in my Facebook timeline. I had been doing my new-series Target book cover parodies for some time and was approached by Anthony Anderson from AM Audio Media, asking if I could do something similar for their series. I checked out the whole first season of Dark Journey in one sitting and really loved it. I knocked out a quick set of sketches which eventually led to a Target-style book cover, a poster and a whole heap of social media banners. (Who knew those things came in so many shapes and sizes? I do wish Facebook, Twitter and YouTube could sit down and agree on one size for all their imagery!) I found out that the Doctor himself, Andrew Chalmers, is also a huge fan of the Target books.

I cannot stress enough how much I love what everyone at AM have done with Dark Journey and I’m so glad they asked me to contribute my humble skills to the project. There is an obvious love for Doctor Who in the series and the banter between The Doctor and Holmes is delicious. For a show called “Dark Journey” it’s amazing how light-hearted it can be at times. The sound design is wonderful – very atmospheric.

Which Doctor is your favorite Doctor?

If we’re talking new series, I’m going to be predictable and say Tennant, but Capaldi looks to be overtaking him. Overall though: it’s Tom Baker, no contest. You never forget your first…

Where can we find more of your work?

My portfolio can be found at www.steveandrew.deviantart.com, where you can find all my Doctor Who art and general comic art. I also have a more professional (ie: dull, work-related) portfolio at www.behance.net/steveandew. I am easy to find on Facebook and I am @jsdarwen on Twitter. Please follow / friend me: I may be a shy introvert in real-life, but online I’m a tart. Any spam or death-threats can be sent to steve.andrew@gmail.com. I’m a struggling, out-of-work artist and am always open for commissions

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