Portraits of Clever Old Souls

Doctor David by Karen Gadient, 2014

When I first ‘met’ my husband, he was an El Aurian on a Star Trek RPG. Even being Betazoid in the game, I had a hard time figuring him out. He can be delightfully enigmatic. Back then, I did portraits of our characters. I can’t find them to show you, but it’s one of those things I did and do.

Now, a decade and a half later, David and I no longer play RPGS, but we’ve been watching Doctor Who together. He occasionally jokes about having once been a Time Lord and says he gave up all that for me.

Which is damn charming. And nearly believable. He’s always been so sharp and intense and yet silly and generous and wonderful and more adjectives than I can list. Old soul, as they say.

And so, since our wedding anniversary is approaching, I decided to make a comic-style portrait of him as the Doctor. Different, a bit—regeneration will do that to you—but still with the intensity and of course: epic facial hair (David and his mustache surely go back many lifetimes). And a scarf. Because I prefer Doctors with scarves.

I just realized El Aurians are sort of a Trek version of Time Lords. Slightly. Okay, not so much. Well, at least they’re long-lived. Not sure if I can imagine Guinan in a TARDIS. Picard would have been a fun companion. Nah. Data. Maybe.

Suppose I’ll have to draw myself up as his companion next?

Happy Anniversary, David!

I last did this style of illustration for the Fly Into Fire posters for Candlemark & Gleam. I had a lot of fun with this portrait, so I may make others in a similar style. If I do, I’ll list them for print. For now, this one stays on our walls.


Filed under Art, Digital Artwork, Family, Friendship, Games, Graphic Design, Love, Portrait, Poster, Science Fiction, Time

26 responses to “Portraits of Clever Old Souls

  1. Shemi

    Very nice! He’s a cutie.

  2. Not nearly old enough for the New Doctor. But, they change if you watch long enough.

  3. Doctors with scarves are definitely the best! 🙂

  4. Such a fine and loving gift for hubby. This is so very sweet and appropriate.

  5. Very good, very handsome – scarf and all! 😉 And yes, I think you should draw yourself as his companion!! 😀

  6. Congratulations on your anniversary 😉 great picture

  7. What a cool portrait! He’s very easy on the eye 😉 would definitely love to see a selfie of you as the companion 😀 x

  8. elmediat

    Great post. Congratulations. to you both. 🙂

  9. Beautiful tribute. I love gaming couples and gaming references too, since I still have have to scratch my itch to play video games once in a while (Still my favorite is–was–Dark Age of Camelot, and there were sure a lot of ‘gaming couples’ in that one.).

    • karengadient

      Thanks. We owe a lot to our gaming days: our marriage and many dear friendships that continue to thrive in the ‘real world’. 😉 Games enrich lives. DAoC was new back in the day; cool to see it’s still going strong.

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  11. I’m so sorry to have missed this post! Not sure how that happened.

    That is a great portrait! I love Doctor Who so how could I think otherwise. 😉 Happy [belated] Anniversary!

  12. I have to confess, I too am a whovian! I am so pleased! Your husband makes a fantastic doctor hahah. None of the doctors had such fantastic moustaches!

  13. This is lovely Karen! He makes a great Doctor Who! You must have a go at a drawing of yourself as his Companion – can’t wait to see it 🙂

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