Published on January 7th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley
IDW Artist Interviewed
Illustrator Kelly Yates is a long term fan of Doctor Who, and got the dream opportunity to work on the IDW comic series Doctor Who: The Forgotten last year.
Speaking to his local paper, Yates talked about the long-winded path he took from studying sports science to becoming a graphic artist, as well as covering the background on The Forgotten, a ten part series in which each issue features one incarnation of the Doctor to date.
It was a lucky break that got Kelly his first issue of The Forgotten, and he was worked on issues 4 and 6 to date. Thanks to meeting IDW editor Denton J. Tipton with a sample of his artwork at the San Diego Comic Con, Kelly Yates was called into the breach some months later:
"I asked him to keep me in mind for a fill-in issue or one-shot," Yates said. "About two months later, I got an e-mail from him saying ‘Opportunity knocking.’ The lead artist had an emergency in the family, and they asked, was I able to step in and fill in on issue four."
Yates completed issue 4 of The Forgotten in four and a half weeks, and issue 6 in three.
"I’m a perfectionist, and I’m pretty critical of myself," he said, "Overall, I’m happy I completed this project quality-wise and on time. I would have liked more time, but deadlines are deadlines."