Sneak Peek: Andrew Skilleter’s ILLUMINART 2 offers another collection of classic Doctor Who art

Artist Andrew Skilleter, perhaps best known for his Doctor Who work, has teased the cover of his new project, ILLUMINART 2 Classic Edition, out later this year.

The first volume of ILLUMINART, now in short supply, showcased a wide range of Andrew’s work first commissioned for various official Doctor Who projects, introduced by Cyber Leader actor David Banks, including his The Five Doctors cover for Radio Times.

The cover and sample pages of the first volume of ILLUMINART by Andrew Skilleter
The cover and sample pages of the first volume of ILLUMINART by Andrew Skilleter

The project was the first volume of what will be a Trilogy, featuring not only most of his Doctor Who art but also selected pieces from his numerous SciFi and Fantasy work.

“I’ve been working hard with [designer] Robert Hammond on the design of the second book in the Illuminart Trilogy and we are heading towards completion,” says Andrew. “It’s looking terrific.”

ILUMINART 2 Classic Edition By Andrew Skilleter

Andrew Skilleter is a long-time UK illustrator of many things, with a track record spanning decades using primarily traditional techniques. It was his childhood dream to be an illustrator, his early influence being the cream of the British picture strip artists who flourished in the golden age of comics that was all over by the end of the 1960s.

He is best known for his long professional association with Doctor Who and the BBC while maintaining a busy illustrative career mainly illustrating works of mystery and imagination and a maintaining long creative partnership with the BBC which included the Radio Collection covers such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Journey Into Space and Tolkein. He has worked with other BBC departments including visual entertainment and exhibitions and the Radio Times.

Andrew Skilleter

His Doctor Who art dominated the 1980s and continued into the 1990s. It included over forty covers for the Target Books Doctor Who novelisations, the much loved Who Dares Poster Prints, the official Doctor Whocalendars, the legendary Cybermen book with Cyber Leader David Banks, the iconic for Radio Times The Five Doctors cover, Doctor Who BBC VHS covers and the Doctor Who Virgin New Adventures covers.

His artwork has previously been collected in Blacklight, celebrating 15 years of his Doctor Who art published by Virgin in 1995, and a collection of his Dalek art, Exterminart! in 2021.

Outside of Who, Andrew has produced hundreds of covers for adult, teenage and children’s books across numerous genres. His work has also encompassed the illustration of many books, magazines, CDs and Audio, TV and Video. Genres and series include the Gerry Anderson, Dan Dare, Star Wars, Tripods, Earthsearch, Journey into Space.

With author John Peel, he launched the Doctor Omega Chronicles and is the creator of a new heroine, Miss Amelia Midnite, who features in an ongoing personal project. He publishes his own art collections including the Doctor Who Art Calendar each year and continues with private commissions and selling his original art. Enquiries welcome.

ILUMINART Classic Edition is still available, but stocks are low – follow this link to Andrew’s official site to order

ILUMINART 2 Classic Edition will be published in September 2023 and it will be available for pre-order soon – follow this link to Andrew’s official site

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