Regulars will remember from earlier this month that I’m writing a book about the Eleventh Doctor. I’m really happy with the way the cover turned out, and also with this illustration that I put together for the introduction to the Series 6 section:
Here’s what I say about this artwork in the book:
The “impossible astronaut” art for Series 6 uses parts of two photographs:
- Mono Lake Reflections by Henry Lydecker. CC By. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mono_Lake_Reflections.jpg. It turns out there is no Lake Silencio in Utah, but Mono Lake in California is a great stand-in. It’s the lake where the back cover photo of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here was taken.
- Buzz Aldrin Apollo Spacesuit by NASA /Neil Armstrong. Public domain. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buzz_Aldrin_Apollo_Spacesuit.jpg. This is a classic photo, and I didn’t want to edit it more than absolutely necessary – which is why you can see the lunar lander and Neil Armstrong reflected in the helmet.
As you can imagine, putting together illustrations for a book like this is very tricky: all the images of the programme itself are heavily encumbered by copyright, so I have to carefully find public-domain, CC By or CC By-SA images and composite them to get the ideas that I want.
Unfortunately, now that you’ve seen the cover and the Series 6 artwork, you’ve seen everything good that I’ve done. I have a piece for Series 5 representing the Crack In Time, but it’s pretty terrible — bad enough, in fact, that I’m not going to post it here. And I can’t even think of an iconic or representative image for Series 7.
So I need your help!
Dear readers: I bet some of you are much better artists than I am. I would deeply appreciate if someone were to donate some artwork that I could use. I can’t offer anything by way of recompense (unless you count credits in the acknowledgements). I’m not going to pretend it will be a gateway to fame and fortune. I’m just asking for a favour.
So if anyone can come up with contributions representing Series 5 or 7 — or indeed individual episodes or anything else relevant that I could toss in here or there — I’d count it a kindness. Please note that all images must be unencumbered by copyright. That means that all components, and the composition of them, must be either public domain, CC By or CC By-SA. I’ll need documentation of the image sources and licences, along the lines that I provided for the impossible astronaut image above.
I know it’s a lot to ask, but does anyone fancy taking a stab at it? If you do, you can either send me your images at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post them on a server like Flickr, imgur or DeviantArt and leave a comment here with a link. The latter will be more fun, I guess, so we can comment on each other’s art.
A big thank you in advance!