Random Ramblings of a Dilusional Depressive with Megalomanic Mania (and a soft spot for cute chicks in short skirts).
Saturday, 20 March 2010
The Art of Who (Part 3) : Andrew Skilleter
Andrew Skilleter became ´the´ Who artist of the 1980s and early 90´s, illustrating over 50 Target book covers, twenty-four video covers (including the limited edition collector’s Tardis and Dalek Tins), and becoming widely known to Who fandom through his Doctor Who Monthy special edition posters and independently produced high quality print portfolios.
His work included the iconic 'The Five Doctors' Radio Times cover (above), one of only two artists to illustrate Who RT covers (Frank Bellamy being the other).
In the 1980s he founded Who Dares Publishing. In addition to producing Who calendars (between 1986 and 1989) and other merchandise, he published a number of book titles for the UK and USA, including the classic 'Cybermen' by David Banks and ´The Radio Times Doctor Who Art of Frank Bellamy´.
Andrew´s work has just got better and better over the years, and his mastery of airbrush techniques gives it a unique feel and atmosphere.
´Blacklight : The Art of Andrew Skilleter´, a large format, colour hardback written by the artist was published by Virgin in 1995, showcasing his Who and other work.
You can find Andrew´s personal site here, including an excellect sample gallary, and you can see an example of one of his most recent limited edition portfolio´s here. The best online collection of his work can be found here.
List of Target cover illustrations
Destiny of the Daleks (1979) The Dæmons (1980 reprint) Invasion of Time (1980) The Stones of Blood (1980) The Androids of Tara (1980) The Power of Kroll (1980) The Nightmare of Eden (1980) An Unearthly Child (1981) The Cybermen (1981, reprint) State of Decay (1982) Warriors' Gate (1982) The Keeper of Traken (1982) The Leisure Hive (1982) Full Circle (1982) Logopolis (1982) The Sunmakers (1982) The Crusaders (1982, reprint) The Auton Invaison (1982, reprint) Day of the Daleks (1982, reprint) Pyramids of Mars (1982, reprint) Planet of Evil (1982, reprint) Meglos (1983) The Five Doctors (1983)
more to come soon...
List of Virgin new Adverntures cover illustrations to follow
The Adventures of K9 and other mechanical creatures (1979) Doctor Who: The TARDIS Inside Out (1985) - cover and internal illustrations Doctor Who: Cybermen (1988) - cover and selected illustrations The Gallifrey Chronicles (1991) - cover Doctor Who: The Monsters (1992) - cover
List of Doctor Who Magazine special poster issues (and covers)
No 85 - February 1984 - pullout poster - The Master No 87 - April 1984 - pullout poster - Five Doctors - Cybermen on Gallifrey (above) No 107 - December 1985 - cover illustration of Tom Baker and inside interview No 175 - 10 July 1991 - cover illustration (Timewyrm: Genesis)
Summer Special 1995 (inside covers, back and front, reproduce Andrew Skilleter's artwork used on the spines of the BBC Video release of the Key to Time series)
More to the point, what's it all about? Me? Well no, not really. (OK, just a bit) But Who. Who? Doctor Who. What? No, not Doctor What, although he's here somewhere as well (or will be). Doctor Who, the typically British and uniquely odd BBC TV time-travelling series, which started way back in 1963 and is still going strong today. Blending the old and the new, aiming to bring you all the stuff you didn't know and even the stuff you didn't know you needed to know... and more! And me? A mad manic megalomaniac... with a dash of delusional paranoia, the ups and downs of a flip-flop, oh, and a constant headache...
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