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A Rose With A Thorn by Saimain A Rose With A Thorn by Saimain

In honor of the Eighth month, my tribute to the beautiful Eighth Doctor--whom I love so very, very much. Despite the traumatic circumstances of his regeneration (he woke up freezing in a morgue, for goodness' sake!), he is bright, enthusiastic, honest, and one of the sweetest and most passionate Doctors ever. Though, at times, the pendulum too easily swings to a darker, colder nature full of snark and weary of battle. Over time he is broken by pain and loss, driven to the edge of insanity and heartbreak, until at last the Time War destroys him. Every Doctor since has had to cope with the memory of what Eight endured...and usually ends up following a similar pattern.

I've tried to capture that transition, from his beautiful, golden beginning, to his broken, hardened, world-weary end.  Paul Mcgann is extremely difficult to paint, but I love him beyond words! :heart:

Art ©Adele Lorienne; Doctor Who ©BBC
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Many massive thanks to Sara Wald, Dorothy-T-Rose and MoonchildVenix for giving me the opportunity to finish this!

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KrisCynical Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I unfortunately don't know a whole lot about Who, particularly the pre-reboot Doctors (I've only watched most of Ten, but my niece is NUTS about Doctor Who)... but as I'm sure you noticed in your inbox, I went on a Whovian faving spree in your gallery. So while I don't really understand all of the context and background of each piece, I appreciate them all simply as the works of art they are regardless of subject matter. They're gorgeous!!
Kolhrafn Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Easily my favourite Doctor. Despite being initially put off by the tv movie I came to love the way that he enjoyed life so very much, how enthusiastic and caring he could be. Though Netflix hasn't yet let me see his regeneration just hearing of him being broken like that broke my heart. The way that you have captured the symbolism of his rise and fall is simply breathtaking, thank you for being one of the ones giving the Eighth Doctor (and the amazing Paul Mcgann) the recognition he deserves.
clear-moonshadow Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
That is amazing.. breathless..  
naphta85 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
wow...I can't say anything...just...WOW!
lucyhenley15 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
This is so beautiful! I love Eight!
ErysRose Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
This is heartbreaking and lovely at the same time.
GallifreyGirl1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is great
PCamenzind Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014   Writer
Great work!
TroyUlysses Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Just love your Eighth Doctor work. So great to see someone else have appreciation
imyourconcience Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Hooooly wow this is beautiful! La la la la 
sayuri4muu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Nice work.
Truly beautiful!
blueriza Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!  ♥ *_*
Neponyatka Featured By Owner May 22, 2014
That's just awesome.
tangerinewarning Featured By Owner May 6, 2014   Photographer
Wonderful work, so full of passion and intensity.
PurpleAmharicCoffee Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
This is brilliant. :thumbsup:
Spaceman-Chris Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautifully done. I love the bright vibrant colours surrounding his initial appearance that cool into the harsh grey and red final form.
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Awesome and yes eight was tramic
PsychoGemini Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
He is my favorite Doctor.  I'm so happy to have found your artwork of him and love that you appreciate him as much as I do!
AnuPdin Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
That. Is. Well. Done. Period. 
Hats off to you.. I'm afraid I never really gave that much thought to the eighth's plight. Captured beautifully! 
Anyura Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful! Beautiful painting and stunningly beautiful man.
CrazyHobbitGirl Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
That's absolutely beautiful! I was so happy to see him in the night of the doctor!!!
DragonPress Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
i favorited this already, but in case i didn't say it - THIS IS AWESOME
Rovanna Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! I love the glow and lightness of the top picture, and how it fades as it goes down. You've got a wonderful way with colour, and you've captured him perfectly. :love:
Atlantisvampir Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
This . is . awesome.
primulatook Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
:wave: Hey there!
Your amazing piece has been featured in my 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who journal :dummy:
There's also a 250 point giveaway which you're welcome to enter :hug:
Saimain Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart::heart:
WinsomeLosesome Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely <3 <3 Eight
Eerie-Light Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Great work!
T-Lorie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
This is actually my favourite thing in the whole world. Really wish I'd bought a print.
Saimain Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!  Prints of all sizes are still available here in my shop:…  :)
Hooded-Warrior Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've finally managed to watch 8's movie and aww. I love him poor Doctor.

Plus now every time I watch "Closing Time" and 11 says to Craig "Look! They've even given me a badge with my name in case I forget who I am. Very thoughtful as that does happen..." I will remember Paul McGann dropping to his knees draped in a bedsheet and crying "WHO AM IIIIIIIIIII?!"
Saimain Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist

Hee, yes, that is exactly what that quote was referencing!  XD 

And Eight is so adorable, isn't he?  I highly, highly recommend the Big Finish audio dramas that follow his life story after the movie up until his end in "Night of the Doctor."  They are amazing, wonderful, heartbreaking, and give you a much better understanding of what Eight went through in becoming The Doctor we see today. 

Hooded-Warrior Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh so far I haven't delved into the audio dramas but I shall certainly do so to spend some more time with 8. :)
taepanda Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There is a petition to get eight his only TV series written by Moffat,… we can hope
jenmariedraws Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Your pieces always portray emotion so well - beautiful colors and a really nice warmth to this as well.  Great work, as always :)
nathyfaith Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
This is beautiful! I wish I had found the previous Doctor before 9th, they all look incredible interesting!

I adore this is ridiculous how much I adore Eight (and have since the movie) and how much this piece moves me...



floffy1983 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist
I love this painting so much
YuyiUnicorn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely LOVE this picture. This is beyond perfect, OH MY GOD! 
whu-wei Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
lovely work (and 17 years?! I didn't realise it had been that long)
Relient-K Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG. This is absolutely beyond gorgeous!
LilyenRenn Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely breathtaking- brilliant work! I freaked out when Eight appeared, good golly that was unexpected! So happy to see him again though :D
KDizzle90 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My boyfriend showed me "Night of the Doctor" today and didn't say who was in it... Needless to say I freaked out when I saw the 8th Doctor run into the scene!

Beautiful work!!! :heart:
Treyos Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hell of an ending to his life.  So what's John Hurt, the eighth-and-a-half?  ;P
EMPeter Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Well he's between McGann and Eccleston but he doesn't uses the name "Doctor" so he's not counted as the Doctor s  the number 9,  10 and 11 still belong to Eccleston, Tennant and Smith. I think Moffat was talking about this somewhere
Treyos Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, so that's how they're working it.  I also figure that it doesn't count against his regenerations because it was controlled/instigated.  

RDKitsune Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
It's just absolutely beautiful.  I can't even begin to express it in words.
GaB0TiC0 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SilverTop Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful, but tragic picture.  Gotta fav it!
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