A rubbish title, I know.
Ok, so this looks miles better in person; I discovered after I finished it that I don't have any charcoal fixative, only oil/acrylic varnish. Would oil/acrylic varnish work on charcoal? I don't know, so I'm not risking it. Therefore instead of scanning this piece I took a pretty poor photograph of it. I'll try to replace this photo with a scan when I can manage it.
Charcoal! I hadn't used charcoal in six months, so I was kind of nervous, but I'm actually quite proud with how this turned out. It was about three days and nights of work, on and off, and I loved every moment of it. I'd really been missing working with charcoal.
The composition wasn't planned, but worked out just fine I think. So, in the foreground is the Doctor himself, Eleven. I'm a huge Eleven fan. This piece is ultimately about not only Series 5, but also the looking towards Series 6, and that 'it's going to get worse before it gets better' vibe I got from the series 6 trailer. I love Eleven, he's so fun, but those fleeting moments when he's scared or saddened or weighed down are brilliant. I kind of feel like he knows something heavy and horrible is coming, and though he distracts himself from it usually he still /knows/. Which in its own way is more wrenching than Ten's angst. Also, that whole Pandorica thing has to have left him rattled.
River almost looks like River here! My first time drawing her, because I don't know yet if I like her or not. It'll all depend on the reveal of who she is. I do consider her death scene to be one of the best DW moments ever, though. Anyway, her ambiguity and 'I-know-something-you-don't-know' attitude was a major theme of series 5 and looks like it'll be even more important in series 6, so she merits a spot in this picture.
Rory is also present because I love Rory. AND he's now an official companion, so he officially deserves a spot, too. He, in a way, had the hardest journey to travel during series 5, and I was so happy when he got his happily every after in the end . . . though of course it'll probably all go to pieces during series 6, won't it . . . He's got a very difficult face to draw, and I kept making his hair too long by mistake. Ergh.
I drew Amy here as Amelia, as a child. I chose this not because I dislike Karen or anything, but just because I somehow imagine that that's how the Doctor always sees her. And since this picture is kind of supposed to be series 5 from the viewpoint of the Doctor, then . . . yeah. Little kids are hard to draw, so I'm really pleased with how she turned out. Series 5 was little Amelia's fairytale.
I also drew the Eleven/Amy hug from 'The Beast Below' because it, and the conversation that preceded it, was an important moment in the series to me. I don't see it as romantic; it's the Doctor needing help and Amy providing it, and it's when I really felt their friendship click.
Then we have the Pandorica--I've never tried charcoaling machinery before, that was interesting--and that blasted crack, as well as some stars to fill in a dead space
I hope you like it! Here's to more Eleven in 2011, and Happy New Year, everyone!