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Blacklight: Doctor Who Art of Andrew Skilleter Hardcover – 16 Nov 1995

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; Television tie-in edition edition (16 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852274158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852274153
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 24.1 x 31.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Skilleter''s Doctor Who work spans mor e than 15 years. This is a collection of the finest of his p aintings, including both the best known images and some work s never previously reproduced, with explanatory text by the artist. '

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Skilleter's art is a part of Doctor Who's success! 25 Mar. 2002
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As someone who collected Dr. Who videos and novelizations, including the New Adventures, I'm familiar with Andrew Skilleter's work. An entire book devoted to his Who stuff (well, most of it, anyway)? Wow!
I never got any of the early calendars, of which material from the hit 1986 calendar is sampled. No, my first step into Who came in 1988. But the calendar art included is a treasure. Sil, with his marsh minnows beside him is just adorable. And check out the exploding Dalek from the 1986 calendar. He is strong in rendering all Who-related subjects, nothing weak in ANY of them. I must say that of the Doctors, he does Peter Davison and Sylvester McCoy the best.
Speaking of 1988, the shot of Tom Baker for the calendar that year includes a space-station shaped like a birthday cake for the 25th anniversary. Well, that kind of fulfills Baker's suggestion of pulling out a cake for The Stones Of Blood, the 100th story in the series.
Of the Profile Print posters I bought, I hung the Cybermen and Sontaran ones in my dorm room at NMSU.
His portraits of each of the then-six Doctors in the Kevin Judd Collection are masterpieces. Love that celery to the right of Peter Davison. Gouache is his preferred medium and perhaps it's because it's the same medium used by Olivia de Berardinis that I took to the art on the videos and books.
Now here's the trick. I'd bought the two books he'd done before I bought Blacklight, and that was The Cybermen with David Banks and The Monsters with Adrian Rigelsford. That cover of the Cybermen book is simply awesome! It didn't sink in until I bought Blacklight that that guy who drew the art in those books was Andrew Skilleter. Sure, his name was written on the books' spines but I was too absorbed in the text to find out. Now though, I have a special appreciation for the artwork.
In closing, I've no beef against the designs of the video releases since the E-Space Trilogy, but to me, part of owning a Doctor Who video collection is Andrew Skilleter's rich and imaginative cover art. Check out Blacklight and see what you're missing.
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