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Doctor Who?

Doctor Who Series 9 arrives today and I thought it is time to look back at the Eleventh Doctor’s farewell. This is one of my favorite portraits.

It was a cold and beautiful January night when I created the first version of this poster. I was in such a flow I did many posters that night. A few days after watching his regeneration, I said farewell to my Doctor, the first Doctor this face saw, in my way. Although I was somewhat disappointed with his latest adventures, Series 5, my first Doctor Who series is still my favorite. (The best Doctor theme also belongs to him.) It is a door to beautiful, endless possibilities – like a TARDIS. Great scripts, great acting and good effects – the best drama series for a sci-fi fan.

In Series 7 Part 2 the Doctor seemed a bit tired, at least for me. When it came to his farewell, I felt it is time: Matt Smith did a wonderful job, created the best Doctor in my opinion and now he has to pass on his role. As Steven Moffat wrote for him in his rushed final episode, The Time of the Doctor:

“We all change. When you think about it, we’re all different people all through our lives, and that’s okay, that’s good, you gotta keep moving, so long as you remember all the people that you used to be. I will not forget one line of this. Not one day. I swear. I will always remember when the Doctor was me.”

The Magician returns…

in two weeks because Series 9 of Doctor Who begins on 19 September. I am really looking forward to see it; I hope the Doctor will find his character after the turmoils of Series 8. His statement in the trailer seems promising: “I am the Doctor and I save people!”

I created two versions of the portrait of the Twelfth Doctor: a teaser-like one with the premiere date and a clear one. I hope you enjoy it!

 

“This is Gallifrey, our childhood, our home”

Only three weeks left to the premiere of Doctor Who Season 9. For this occasion I publish a composition I made before the introduction of the War Doctor in The Name of the Doctor and the new direction of the series.

The accompanying music is, of course, This is Gallifrey; composed by Murray Gold, arranged and played by Mark Fowler – he does amazing stuff, check his website and YouTube channel!

Ben’s Sunset

This update is the first part of a series called Light of the Force. Its title: Ben’s Sunset.

Ben’s Sunset is an idealized depiction of the old Jedi master who contentedly faces his last adventure. Ben is the archetype of the old hero whose last task is to pass on the knowledge to a faithful pupil. Two characteristic places, the beginning and the end: the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and old Ben’s hut on Tatooine emerge from the orange background of the binary sunset. He has an old friend and mentor from the netherworld of the Force who helps his path: Qui-Gon.

My First Poster for The Force Awakens

Last week’s photos in Entertainment Weekly gave me inspiration to create my first poster for Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens, entitled Heritage.

The picture shows Kylo Ren and the stormtroopers of the First Order destroying a village on Jakku (also seen in the trailer), taking on the cruel heritage of the Sith Lord Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire.

EDIT 27/10/2015: I made slight modifications on the poster. For those who are interested, I post the original version here as published 18/08/2015:

The main differences are the following:

  • removed frame,
  • new lightsaber blades,
  • corrected logo
  • different flame elements.

Doctor Who Series 1 Poster

Here is a poster about the first series of the revived Doctor Who, starring the fantastic Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

Rose is filled with the supernatural energy of the time vortex that gives her enormous but life-threatening power as we saw in the season finale. The Doctor helps her but this self-sacrifice leads to the death of his 9th incarnation.

And this is the accompanying music, the Doctor’s Theme, by Melanie Pappenheim:

Fantasia 2000

This update was inspired by the last chapter of Fantasia 2000, Disney’s wonderful experiment with short animated stories composed for classical music.

Fantasia 2000 has seven segments; the last one is designed around Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and tells the story of a Spring Sprite and her friend, an elk – and the sinister spirit of a volcano. As the introduction of the piece says, this is

a magical story about life, death and renewal.

If you have not seen Firebird Suite already I think you should watch this masterpiece. I found only a low-resolution version on YouTube but it is worth to get a perfect one (e. g. from Amazon).

The Saga Continues

I promised in my last post on the old site that the new one will start with three pictures: a Doctor Who Series 5 poster, a Once Upon a Time poster and a Star Wars piece. This  picture was published in a very special form last week and now it is time to upload it properly.

The saga continues with Star Wars Episode II Attack of the Clones.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

Suggested music for the piece:

While listening to the music, you can compare my Episode II design with the one Drew Struzan, the greatest poster artist created for the official one-sheet. Which characters are present on both of them? What messages are transmitted by the poses and gestures of the characters?

Four years passed…

… since the last picture update on this site. During this time, I learnt a lot and widened the range of my topics as you will see soon.

Four years ago, I posted a non-Star Wars picture: a Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows poster (to which I will upload a description next week). Today, I post another non-Star Wars work: a character poster from ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

I am amazed by the elegant interlocking of two worlds in Once Upon a Time: the mundane one and the real, magical one. Right after watching the first few episodes I decided to create a number of character posters. The first piece is Rumplestiltskin. And be sure, deary, more will follow…