Neil's original artwork is on display in the museum and also availble to purchase as a series of Art cards and prints . Neil continues to work on new images based upon themes of classic SF and 'Doctor Who'. He is available for commissions (just email the museum for enquiries at: [email protected]) and loves a creative challenge!
Long before he created 'The Museum of Classic Sci-Fi' Neil Cole was always a practising artist.
Now the museum has given Neil the opportunity to unleash his passion for SF art. He has set about using traditional hand drawing and painting to create a series of beautiful and fresh images of some of the most iconic moments in classic sci-fi, all in his own unique style.
Detail from 'Masters of Earth' (2020). The 'Daleks' have conquered the Earth turning many surviving humans into fearsome 'Robomen'. Private commission. Coloured Pencils (A4).
Detail from 'The Palace of Green Porcelain' (2017). A huge fan of H.G.Wells, Neil set about trying to reimagine what the dreaded Morlocks of 'The Time Machine' may have looked like, working purely from the original text and imagination. In this scene, the Morlocks begin to emerge from the evening mist outside the abandoned museum 'The Palace of Green Porcelain'. Coloured Pencils (A4).
Detail from 'The Fighting Machine' (2018). Again, working purely from the text and his own imagination, Neil tried to visualise one of Wells' iconic martian invaders sitting inside the 'hood' of its 'Fighting Machine' from the genre defining 'The War of the Worlds'. Coloured Pencils (A4).
Detail from 'The Worlds of John Levene' (2018). A drawing especially made to celebrate the opening of the museum by actor John Levene ('Sergeant Benton' from 'Doctor Who'). The collection of David Stevens. Coloured Pencils (A4).
Over the years, Neil has worked in multiple media. Presented here are two images taken from a grahic novel he was developing for submission. Writing and producing an SF space epic has always been one of Neil's aspirations!
These pictures are some of Neil's 'rough' layouts, drawn in BIC biro! Neil found the humble BIC to be a really effective drawing tool and actually began to prefer it sometimes to using the more traditional drawing ink and dip pen. Ultimately, Neil would have redrawn these pages onto a larger A3 size using brush, pen and ink. As they stand, they nicely show Neil's imagination in full flow working on an exciting project....that may still be completed...