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All drawings and paintings were created by dA artists on commission for me. Photos will either state that they were taken by me/my sister, or are official licensed prints from another source (such as are given out free at signing events).

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Doctor Who companions - III by Power-and-Chaos
Doctor Who companions - III
Continuing with my new series of commissions of the companions from Doctor Who (voted "best SF series ever" by me ^^), painted by :icondemisir: :D

With this painting, we come to the end of the 1st Doctor's era with Dodo Chaplet, Ben Jackson, and Polly Wright.

I am aware that Polly's surname being Wright is not considered canonical by all, as it has only been mentioned in media outside of the TV series itself (like Vicki "Pallister"), but I think it sounds, well...right. :) Ben was a good solid physical character, continuing the tradition of the male companion playing the hero because the Doctor wasn't young and fit enough to do so himself (a role which pretty much ended after Jamie...).

Dodo was a rather short-lived companion compared to most (aside from the likes of Katarina and Sara Kingdom), only appearing in about 4 and a half stories before she was rather ignominiously written out (she goes for a rest halfway through "The War Machines", and never shows up again, sending a message via Ben and Polly that she was staying behind instead). I don't see why she was so unpopular... but it sure doesn't help that nearly half of Dodo's episodes are missing (11/18 exist).

Doctor Who of course belongs to the BBC.

Ian, Susan and Barbara
Vicki, Steven and Katarina
Dodo, Ben and Polly

Next up - Victoria, Jamie and Zoe.
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Doctor Who companions - II by Power-and-Chaos
Doctor Who companions - II
Following on from my last submission, the second in my series of commissions to :icondemisir: for the companions from Doctor Who.

Up this time, of course are Vicki (Pallister), Steven Taylor, and Katarina.

(For those who do not know Katarina, she was the short-lived replacement after Vicki fell in love and stayed behind in ancient Troy; the handmaiden to the Princess Cassandra, she believed that the Doctor was Zeus and he would carry her in to the good afterlife, she went with him....but was completely out of her league in space and time travel stories, so the writers wrote her out pretty quickly with a heroic sacrifice by having her jump out of an airlock with a criminal who had been trying to hijack the spaceship they were on. She were lasted a total of 8 episodes across 2 stories).

Doctor Who of course still belongs to the BBC.

Ian, Susan and Barbara
Vicki, Steven and Katarina
Dodo, Ben and Polly

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Doctor Who companions - I by Power-and-Chaos
Doctor Who companions - I
Recently, I decided to commission a series of paintings of all the companions in Doctor Who, from the amazing artist :icondemisir:

This is the first of this series, featuring of course Ian Chesterton, Susan, and Barbara Wright.

Doctor Who of course belongs to the BBC.

Ian, Susan and Barbara
Vicki, Steven and Katarina
Dodo, Ben and Polly
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Cair Paravel by Power-and-Chaos
Cair Paravel
This giant painting of the Narnian castle Cair Paravel (it's two A2 panels side-by-side) has been posted before, but that was only as a teaser thumbnail image.

Here it is in a much larger view so you can appreciate it better. :D

I :heart: Narnia!

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As always, work by :iconsullen-skrewt: sullen-skrewt
And the world of Narnia and all its works belong to the estate of CS Lewis, without whom this fan-work would not be possible. ^^
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Narnia - Polly and Diggory by Power-and-Chaos
Narnia - Polly and Diggory
Because I literally only just realised, I had never uploaded a clear view of the last panel from my Friends of Narnia commission project. :)

So yeah, to remind anyone watching, I commissioned :iconsullen-skrewt: to paint a monstrously HUGE project for me, showing all the main humans who travel into Narnia and back during the series of books (yes, I know 3 other people went to Narnia in The Magician's Nephew, but they were minor characters to the story and not mentioned later, even though 2 of them did become the start of Narnia's royal line until the White Witch showed up again).

This was the last panel to be painted, and shows Polly and Diggory, the first two children to enter Narnia at its creation, with the help of the magic rings that Diggory's uncle Andrew had given them. As they are the only children to have not actually appeared in a movie so far, I asked Sullen-Skrewt to base Diggory's appearance on the actor Thomas Sangster (who is young-looking enough to possibly get away with playing this role, even though he's my age - 33!), and Polly's appearance is based on Dakota Blue Richards (and her outfit is based particularly on the types of dresses she wore in The Secret of Moonacre, which is roughly the right period).

Polly and Diggory's story starts in the 1880s or so, as Diggory is an old man by the time of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (spoiler not spoiler: he's the old Professor Kirke), so Sullen-Skrewt made their Narnian outfits a bit more old-fashioned than even the other children's attire at my request. ^^

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As always, work by :iconsullen-skrewt: sullen-skrewt
And the world of Narnia and all its works belong to the estate of CS Lewis, without whom this monstrosity of a fan-work would not have been possible. :D
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If there's one thing I've found that's worse than endlessly attending interview after interview, it's not even being given interviews in the first place. Finally though, I seem to be on a little bit of a roll regarding interviews. Turns out, my main problem was applying for work in roles that I was just plain unsuited for. Originally, after graduating back in 2003 (so long ago lol), I took advice from family members and went the "easy" route to find work, which turned out to be a customer service job in a local betting shop (where my cousin helped get me a favourable interview with the district manager. Thanks cuz, by the way ^^). As jobs go, it wasn't anything great to write home about, but it was decent work for reasonable pay (compared to most high street retail, paid better too), although the frequency of 50-60hr work weeks wasn't very fun. After the buyout, job satisfaction dropped sharply (thanks to a change in middle management), so I left. Since then, I had always been steered towards applying for more customer service positions, as I had relevant experience in that field.

Yeah sure, relevant experience wasn't too much of a problem. A talent for excellent customer service, on the other hand, is not something I've ever really had. No, I'm not a monster, I'm a good guy, but I just don't have the kind of personality employers are looking for in customer service roles.

So, throwing that plan - and all the Jobcentre's advice - out the window, I turned back to college and took up an accountancy course. I'm doing really well on it too (had a mock exam just today, scored 109 out of 110....dammit! xD), and I'll be done by next January with a qualification that employers take really seriously. But in the meantime, I've already been applying to a variety of finance and accounting vacancies across the private sector, both in practises and within accounts departments of larger corporations. And unlike when I was applying to big companies for customer service jobs...I'm actually getting emails back asking me for interviews now. (Granted, I'm still not getting past the interview stage, but I have spotted one stumbling block to that...)

In fact, I've had 5 interviews in the last 2 weeks, and I've got another one tomorrow morning (with an investment firm in the City), and one next Tuesday (with Unilever), as well as another that I have to go chase up with a media company for their part-time Bookkeeper role. (Which I think went really well). And possibly more interviews on the horizon.

As it turns out though, one of the big reasons that I'm getting knocked back after I interview for these companies now is that they're wanting to hire for a full-time role. Now unfortunately, I'm at college part-time, studying to get a qualification in accountancy that will help me get work in the field. So the studies I'm doing to improve my chances of getting work in accounting are actually preventing me from being considered for all these full time positions! xD But if I wasn't at college, they wouldn't consider my application as I'd be underqualified for the role...I can't win. Who'd think that trying to become qualified for a job could hamper your chances of getting that same job? Heh. All I can do is keep on with college for now, get my diploma January, and keep on applying for accounting positions until then, maybe I'll be offered a part-time job somewhere. And if not, when February rolls around I'll be available for fulltime work and will hopefully get hired somewhere at that stage.

Fingers crossed, I'm getting there... ^^

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Gregory Cooper
United Kingdom
I am a 30 year old man, currently living in London with my father. Currently I am unemployed, but actively seeking work (including waiting to hear back from an interview just last week at WHSmith, and hopefully attending another interview soon with Santander.

I have zero artistic skill. Seriously. You'd never want to see me draw, I can't even do a good stickman. :P Because of this, I choose to turn to those with real artistic talents, and commission them to draw and paint my ideas for me.

I like to read - almost exclusively either science fiction or fantasy. I prefer somewhat-longer novels to flimsy little paperbacks. I don't just want to read a book, I want to read a Book. :D
The last book series that I read was the Harry Potter novels. Admittedly, I'm not a fast reader. xD I am currently reading Lord of the Rings, but have trouble pronouncing some of the Middle-Earth words in my head (which I find slows me down even more).

I play computer games too. But since I can't afford current games, I rely on the older games that I bought or have downloaded. I enjoy playing on my SNES emulator with the games made by Quintet (Actraiser, Soulblazer, Illusion of Gaia, Terranigma, Robotrek), as well as some that are slightly more modern (an emulated version of The Granstream Saga for the PS1) and others even older (like my Amstrad emulator), or for modern PCs (the early installments of Quake, G-Police, The Sims, Black & White, Spore).

So too, I also enjoy watching TV and DVDs. I have a huge collection of DVDs that could rival a small rental store, and my favourite film of all is, to this day, Independence Day. My favourite TV series is Doctor Who, and my favourite soap opera is Neighbours (of which I've never missed an episode since sometime before 1990).

I like to go to sci-fi conventions, but can't afford to. I am obese, but working hard at dieting (my love of fatty foods makes this hard) and currently weigh something about 18st (or 252lbs), though I've lost about 20lbs to get there. I am more bald than my 60yo dad, and have a skin disease called Psoriasis on parts of my scalp, meaning I have to partially shave my head to treat it. But overall, I enjoy my life, the only thing I'd really wish to change would be to have a career so that I could afford to enjoy myself more.

What else? Oh yes, I dance. I have been taking regular ballroom dancing classes since I was 6 years old, and can dance moderately well. I used to attend amateur ballroom dancing competitions a few times a year, and was a very frequent medallist. Again, going to these competitions is something I can't afford at this time.

But life is good. :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Thanks! :)
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ScarlettJinxx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the fave on my old family photo =^-^=
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TheBeatDandy Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks for the fave! i see you are working on family trees as well
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Yep. I'm working in partnership with each of my parents separately, as they're divorced. That way, they each research what they want to know, and I get to share both lots of work with them. :)
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viasera Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
thanks for the fav :D
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
No problem. :D
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Becca5002 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010
Thanks for the fav!:hug:
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Fleurine-Retore Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your :+fav: [link] !!
Merci beaucoup :heart:
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Power-and-Chaos Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Oh! You're very welcome...sorry, I was a little surprised because I usually :+fav: stuff on my main account, ~nzz1 not this one. ^^; I might move this fave across to that account actually, so I don't forget where it is. ;)
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