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Oil Pastels

Based on the painful scene in the episode "Dalek" when the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston), while chained up and being scanned torturously by Van Statten, tells the foolish collector of alien life to let him go so that he can save them from the Dalek that threatens to destroy the base.

This is my third-ever portrait, but my first formal one in which I could take my time, and my first color portrait. I'd never worked with the face this closely before, and this was my first time working with Rembrant's triangle. I enjoyed working on this piece, exploring the many beautiful fascets and details of the face, picking up details I had never noticed before. Working on the Doctor's face for such a long time was like wordlessly getting to know him without ever actually meeting him. The Ninth Doctor was and still is my favorite Doctor, but I really felt like I personally bonded with him after having drawn this.

It literally took me all the courage I had to draw in the shadow in over his eye as I feared I would ruin the beautiful job I'd done on the eye, but it was the most liberating thing to have it done. I've not been so thrilled to have conquered such a daunting piece of art since my gemstone drawing.

Done in roughly 10-12 hours.

See the compare and contrast to the actual reference shot here: [link]
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Black-Feather Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wonderful piece!
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cuki108 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
fantastic :)
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Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Intense! Great work on the shadows.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Very nice, and the shadows certainly did work out well. (Nine is still my favorite too.)
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm particularly fond/proud of the shadow over his right eye.
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TangiRose Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great. Possibly my favorite Nine episode...not to mention Nine was my first Doctor. I can never capture facial detail on a real person, let alone from a photo.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! I have to say, just staring at a face and tracing its contours with your eyes over and over again is a HUGE help to understanding the detail. The longer you stare at something, the better you know it.
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TangiRose Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Suppose I could vouch for that. I'll try more contours of peoples' and pets' faces...
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StellaBrettiana Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You have so beautifully drawn his so wonderful regard...
And Dalek is simply great and thrilling... and full of feels !!! He is ultimate in it ^^ !!!

Oh... watched The Invisible Circus yesterday... he is so amazing too...
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! The Ninth was at his best in Dalek.
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kobrien1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work
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BellaGBear Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love this one. You perfectly managed to capture the way this this doctor was
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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Starry-EyedAndStormy Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is one of the best pieces of fanart that I've seen for the ninth Doctor. It's amazing, and you did a beautiful job on it.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :hug:
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great artwork!
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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TinaCaper Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow
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salford1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
You'll make a good Dalek...
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
*highfive* Fantastic! That's my next planned drawing of the Ninth Doctor, when he yells "just DIE!"
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SuperShadowArt14 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
His eyes are fantastic... :love:
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! The eyes were my favorite part. I actually loved them so much that I didn't want to draw the shadow over his right eye. I'm still blown away by how good they turned out even when I was most afraid of adding the shadow and possibly ruining the piece altogether.
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SuperShadowArt14 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I bet if you did try to edit that little piece, people would still love it! :D :hug:
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usefulavocado Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic :D
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
lol Quoting the Ninth Doctor I see. :) Thanks!
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WhiteTigeress18 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This is great!!! I doesn't matter how many times I watch season 1, I just love it more and more. Oh 9 I miss you :(
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I concur. I miss Nine.
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synyster-gates-A7X Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love nine in that episode! Especally when he tells the dalek to kill "just DIE!" One of the reasons he's my favorite doctor!

And I love the way you did this, the colors are great!
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, his epic line "just DIE!" is one of his absolute best. Hmmm, maybe I should draw that scene...no seriously! I think I will.
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synyster-gates-A7X Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! I'll keep an eye out for it!
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Leda74 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I just got the shivers in a big way. Nine was so frightening in this one.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, I'm amazed that this piece had such an impact on you. But yeah, Nine was at his fiercest on this one. He maxed out his performance of pure hate, deep sadness and total fear. FANTASTIC!
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Katherinedunkle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i literally watched this episode like an hour ago:) 9 is such a great doctor and eccleston just made this scene! this is great good job!
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No WAY!!! How cool! Eccleston was fantastic. Isn't he the best? :)
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SaraSoulSister13 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
You are giving me such a great amount of Nine feels with this!!! <3
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I'm seriously flattered. Thanks!
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SaraSoulSister13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem :D
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Righteous-Scalliwag Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I haven't watched the show, but I can still see that you've done an outstanding job on this portrait! Every little detail on his face pops.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! That really means alot to me. :)
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Righteous-Scalliwag Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're most welcome. You are very talented :)

Please check out my gallery.
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AircatSkylion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.
Wow wow wow wow wow.
Incredible picture. I could tell who it was immediately, you've really captured the gritty toughness of the character.
(And I love that episode)
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! I'm so glad I captured those emotions, and on such an amature drawing! (I might have hope in human figure class yet!)

I like that episode too. It's one of my favorites of the Ninth on all levels, from my inner philosopher to sci-fi nerd. ;)
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AircatSkylion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone underrates Christopher Eccleston because he only does one series, but he did largely contribute to Doctor Who's revamped success. And while I rather love David Tennant as the Doctor, Christopher Eccleston is awesome.


And I wish I was that good at art.
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I really liked Eccleston since his acting shone brighter than his appearance, which I think counts for a lot! Tennant and Smith are great too, but I've only seen a handful of episodes from them, so I don't know them all that well. But I'll get to know them soon enough!
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OzzyOzadie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
I love you for this! xD Please marry me!
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XenaQuill Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
lol Thanks! But don't flatter me so much. I'm a mere amature student. I'm sure with more experience, I could have done this in a few short hours and had better proportion (the proportions are still off when you look at the compare/contrast version).
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OzzyOzadie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
It's still awesome!
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