Goodbye Ponds! 2012 by Carolyn Edwards

The Whispering Gallery: Carolyn Edwards

Welcome, Kasterborites, to a brand new regular feature that we’re unleashing on the hungry Whovians of the world!  We’re calling it The Whispering Gallery, an online art exhibition designed to showcase some of the finest creatives our fandom has to offer, and maybe even introduce you to some of the best talent you haven’t yet heard of!

We’re kicking things off with Carolyn Edwards, a friend of Kasterborous for many years and an extraordinary artist to boot.  What you’re about to experience is a ten-piece gallery.  You’ll explore the Who and the non-Who, the fresh work and the long-lived favorites, the Hartnells and the Tennants, and selections from both Carolyn and us.  There’s just a dash of exclusive interview material with the artist herself, and some interesting insight regarding some of the pieces below.  We think you’ll be impressed with the variety of work she has accomplished over the years.

So take off your coat, leave us your hat, and be our very special guest as you wander through our halls and inspect every nook and cranny of Carolyn Edwards’ creations in this week’s Whispering Gallery at Kasterborous Towers!

Take your time with this and enjoy every piece; each one is brilliant in its own unique way.

Goodbye Ponds!

Goodbye Ponds! 2012
Pencils on sketch card, 2.5 in × 3.5 in

Check Mate

Check Mate, 2005
Acrylic on watercolour paper, 16 in × 12 in
Private commission


Butterfly, 2003
Acrylic on paper, 6 in × 6 in

“I like the vivid colours of this acrylic painting, and the realistic rendering of the Tardis door and the butterfly.” –Carolyn

How have you evolved and/or changed as an artist since our previous interview with you in 2008?

I’ve really embraced the world of sketch carding! This has opened up a whole other direction for my artwork. It has given me the opportunity to diversify further, expanding my subject matter into many more areas than just Doctor Who. I have been able to develop my skills as a portrait artist, but also stretch myself with projects which call for more imaginative work. I still have more paintings to do, though. I’m currently trying to reorganise my time to achieve that!

Alien Bodies

Alien Bodies, 2003
Acrylic on card, 21 cm × 29.7 cm

“This was an illustration inspired by The BBC book of the same name, written by Lawrence Miles. I loved the scene at the end of the book – it was so visual.” –Carolyn


Unicorn, 2012
Acrylic on canvas, 20 in × 26 in
Private commission

“This was a private commission. I was asked to paint a very specific image this lady had in mind. It meant a lot to her and I wanted to realise it as best I could.” –Carolyn

Which genre universe is your favorite to turn into art?

It’s a difficult one. I guess Doctor Who will always be up there, but essentially if I can get decent pic reference, then I like most things. I also like the Star Wars, Marvel and DC characters a lot, and Game of Thrones too…


Gandalf, 2006
Acrylic on paper, 21 in × 29.7 in

“I was playing around with colour and light here, trying to describe the multi-faceted and mysterious character of Gandalf, played so well by Sir Ian McKellen.” –Carolyn

Dalek Army

Dalek Army, 2007
Pen and watercolour, 21 cm × 29.7 cm


Castrovalva, c. 2008
Pencil on board, 20 in × 20 in
Private commission

“This was a private commission for a collector. I was asked to illustrate the 5th Doctor’s first story Castrovalva in an Escher style.” –Carolyn

Are there any unexpected (or even expected) pleasures that come with being an artist in your medium?

When a piece of art turns out better than I had hoped, or if I manage to capture a character’s likeness well – that’s when I’m happy. I also enjoy getting positive feedback about my work.

David Tennant

David Tennant, 2008
Acrylic on box canvas, 20 cm × 20 cm


11Docs, 2009
Pencils on sketch card. 12 portraits, each 2.5 in × 3.5 in

“I was trying out a more delicate drawing style and playing with areas of flat tone and colour. I liked the finished result.” –Carolyn

We hope you enjoyed your stay at The Whispering Gallery!  We’ll be inviting you back for even more superb work from other talented artists in the coming weeks!  For more from Carolyn, enjoy these below links!

Know of a great Whovian artist you’d like to suggest for a future exhibition?  Drop us a line!

Patrick Riley


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