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Time View: Complete "Doctor Who" Illustrations of Frank Bellamy Paperback – 31 Oct 1985
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But besides all that, this is great stuff artistically speaking, graphic design and illustration at its most professional and aesthetically compelling. Bellamy's sense of composition alone is simply outstanding--even static scenes bristle with latent energy, and dynamic scenes practically jump off the page. And I was simply gobsmacked at how with a few well-placed lines and dots he can totally and convincingly capture the very unique physiognomies of Baker (especially) and Pertwee, which for artists is no easy feat. In just one little picture about the size of a postage stamp he can render all the subtlety of Roger Delgado's Master or all the ecological seriousness of "The Green Death", while in a full page comic book version of "Colony in Space" he can imaginatively and yet authentically flesh out for real what the show's limited budget could only suggest imperfectly--here a rather ordinary stone quarry a few miles out of London magically becomes an expansive rocky landscape almost like something out of Maxfield Parrish.
In addition, the book is graced with the reminiscences of Bellamy's son, who kindly shares with the reader his late father's ideas and ideals about his craft, his artistic methods and working habits, his personality, his gentle modesty and sincere professionalism, and his tastes and interests. It's truly a nice privilege to get to know the artist even as you're enjoying his work in this manner. For Doctor Who fans then this book will of course be a joy to behold, but anyone who likes great illustrative art will doubtlessly find it a rare little treasure as well. And for any aspiring illustrators out there, well, this is how it's done, folks.
P.S. If you like this book you may also want to check out some of Frank Bellamy's other science fiction art of a slightly earlier period as included in Thunderbirds Classic Comics.