Saturday, May 4, 2013

How to paint the Exploding TARDIS

The "original" expolding Tardis painting that I tried to replicate above.
I didn't quite get it, but close enough :).

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This is the second item in my "Doctor Who" themed crafts.  The first item was my Amy Pond Police Costume and there are a couple more Tardis items in the works.  Stay tuned for those!

I think I took my nerdiness to a new level here.  My inspiration was the Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor" where Doctor Who and Amy go back to the time of Vincent Van Gogh.  Vincent then paints his vision of the Tardis exploding.  I wanted to try my hand at replicating this painting.

Supplies needed are a canvas, blue, yellow, gold, black, and silver acrylic paints (Vincent actually would have used oils, but I have never learned how to use oil, so I went with acrylic), and paint brushes.

Step 1: Begin by painting the yellow swirls and the yellow part of the explosion in the center of the canvas.

Step 2: Paint in dark blue around the yellow swirls on the edges of the canvas.

Step 3: Paint the white part of the explosion.

Step 4: Paint the outline of the Tardis pieces around the center of the explosion.

Step 5: Paint in the white parts of the tardis (windows, sign, light).  Also, paint the top of the tardis with yellow and gold accents.  Enhance the explosion where needed.  Once dry, add the blue lines between the window panes.

Step 6: Add the black accents and outlines to the tardis.  Paint the dark blue/black area above the top of the tardis.  Enhance the explosion as needed, I tried to keep it powerful, but struggled to get the same effect as the original.

Step 7: Fill in the blue areas around the tardis.  Mix blue and black to add dimension to the blue areas.  Add some blue streaks to the yellow swirls.

Step 8:  Add yellow/gold accents to the blue swirls.  Add the "words" to the white panel on the tardis in black.  Fix the yellow swirls as needed with yellow and gold.  Touch up any areas on the Tardis and explosion as needed.
Finished Product
Paints and brushes ready to go!
Grab paint from the boundaries to create texture

Paint colors I used


  1. This is great! I'm thinking about making exploding tardis shorts so thanks for showin the steps!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration! Here's mine :)