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The Lonely God
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Published: November 22, 2013
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"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame."
Final Doctor Who art commission from Big Chief Studios! Portrait of the (as of right now, still mysterious) War Doctor, played by the esteemed John Hurt. Part of my official Doctor Who poster series, but as you can see has quite a different, darker feel than the others; I was going for an intense, fiery battlefield sort of thing. The theme ended up tying in quite nicely with the mini-sode The Night of the Doctor.

Reference photos were provided by the BBC. They also chose this title "The Lonely God" out of a list I gave them (I was given no info on the special episode aside from the refs) so take from that what you will. :] We'll all find out what he's about in less than 24 hours anyway!! 

Painted in Photoshop CS5 with a Wacom Cintiq tablet; some textures and fire stock from cgtextures. Thank you SO MUCH TO EVERYONE for your immense support on this series of mine. I was absolutely thrilled to get this opportunity, and after all my struggling, quite proud of the resulting set!! THANK YOU GUYS!!

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Artwork by Alice X. Zhang
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thkn777's avatar
Insta fav. Wow. I like the slight low angle as if you were looking up to him and the "open space" feeling. Color and values are nice and the detail in face and clothing is great. Thanks for sharing!
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madaristudio|Professional General Artist
Hi, you have some nice works.I have comic series work for you if you are interested in working let me know your email id or you can leave a message.
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bgmax2's avatar
alicexz -- Your work is AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
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regates's avatar
so awesome, still not over it
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Levicee|Hobbyist General Artist
Your drawings are incredibly good! How do you do that that's amazing omg 😍 😍
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Carnivius's avatar
Seen this image a lot today on social media in memory of John Hurt.
Gorgeous artwork.
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JJWS92|Hobbyist Photographer
R.I.P. John Hurt.

Rest easy, soldier. You have done your duty. Goodbye Doctor.
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needtakehave|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Love it, downloading, thank you!
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linux-rules|Hobbyist Artist
You can report ↓↓↓↓ him here…
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Sparlayck's avatar
Looks like the old Man in Doctor Who, can't remember his name.
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darthbriboy|Hobbyist Photographer
The War Doctor 
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Crystal-Saber|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! :iconiloveitplz:
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One-Percent's avatar
I love all your art. No exception. NONE!
And this one is GENIUS! 

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QuazarShark's avatar
Oh lord. This cannot possibly intentionally match up with Parting of the Ways, I assume, given when it was painted? I just coincidentally flipped from one to the other and everything; the colours, the composition, the Doctor, the message, the sparklies; it's all opposite and complementary and whoa.
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ydobontelcontar's avatar
This is really cool!
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P0MG|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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GoddessAlysa|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stupid question! Which doctor is this?
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ShotgunRaine27's avatar
The war doctor(in between 8 and 9)
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Hihisayshi321's avatar
Wait, I thought the war doctor was before all of the tv series doctors?
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ShotgunRaine27's avatar
The 8th doctor was forced into a regeneration so he could become a warrior to fight in the Last Great Time War.
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julian0123|Hobbyist Writer
Incredible picture :wow:
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JoeAzzato|Hobbyist Artist
Alice your work is fantastic!
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