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FAQ: A Journal of Impossible Things

Tue Jan 18, 2011, 6:32 AM
I keep getting the same questions from both Doctor Who fans and those who have no idea what's going on, so I thought I'd write a journal entry about this project. It's a bit silly to write a separate FAQ section for this, but I really need a place to link back to whenever I'm asked something about this series of drawings.


WHAT'S A JOURNAL OF IMPOSSIBLE THINGS?




It's a dream journal featured in the Doctor Who episodes Human Nature (3x08) and The Family of Blood (3x09). In this two-parter, the Doctor rewrote his biology and became human in order to hide from the Family of Blood. The Doctor's human persona John Smith kept a journal where he wrote down and drew things he saw in his dreams, which were actually memories of his adventures as the Doctor.



The original prop journal was created by artist Kellyanne Walker and the text was provided by Paul Cornell.


SO WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?


My aim is to draw my own version of the Journal. I intend to draw all the pages from the original in my realistic style. I do not have a specific order in which I draw those pages. It's all a bit of a mess, really.

I use graphite pencils and black coloured pencils and my usual drawing tools. Sometimes I add watercolour or coffee stains, sometimes I scan my drawings with 'accessories' like paperclips, sketchbook ribbon and random notes. The text is written in black ink, I try to make the handwriting look as sloppy as possible. :P




WHERE DOES THE TEXT COME FROM?


I get the text and the prompts for the pages from there.

I CAN'T READ IT, WHAT DOES IT SAY?

I don't know. ;) The handwriting in the original journal is messy, so I try to make it unreadable as well.


HOW DID THIS PROJECT START?




It started exactly a year ago. I'd previously bought myself a Moleskine sketchbook in December 2009 and I wanted to draw something there to try it out. So I started with those sketches:



I messed up the Doctor and Rose looked a bit plain without a background, so I decided to scribble some random text from A Journal of Impossible Things (as much as I could decipher from the screencaps) all over the page. The first pages I drew were a bit clumsy and aimless, since I didn't have my own copy of the Journal back then and I had no idea that it would turn into an actual series of drawings. It just happened. I now wish I hadn't drawn other things in this sketchbook and put a sticker on it, but what you gonna do... :shrug:


ARE YOU GOING TO DRAW THE PAGE WHERE...?


If it's in the journal, then yes. As I said, I don't have a specific order, so you just have to wait.


BUT YOU'RE STILL GOING TO DO THE PAGES WITH ALL THE DOCTORS?




Yes, but since my style is very detailed, I'll probably have to draw them separately, one Doctor per page. And 10 portraits is a helluva lot of work, if you ask me, so I'm gonna leave them last. I also need to see whether I have enough pages. I sometimes mess things up and then I usually glue the pages together, so each screw-up leaves me less pages to draw on. :P


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT'S DONE? CAN I BUY A PRINT?


Nothing, I guess. To be honest, I wouldn't feel comfortable selling fan art prints. I do this strictly for fun, so I haven't really thought about selling my drawings. But we'll see. I'm not going to sell the Moleskine, that's for sure. I love it to bits.


CAN YOU SEND ME THE PAGES WITHOUT WATERMARKS? IT'S FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY, I SWEAR.

Sorry, but no. It's just too much work and I don't always have the scans at hand.


I hope this covers the basic stuff. I'll add extra information to this FAQ section in the future if it becomes necessary.

All the journal drawings I've done so far can be found here: sheldonsands.deviantart.com/ga…

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  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Murray Gold
  • Watching: DW: Human Nature & The Family of Blood
  • Drinking: coffee
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DeadDancers Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
VERY cool. One day when you want to retire on a private hover-yacht, selling this journal will get you there. :D
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AlexaClyne Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
askjdflkdslks this is really amazing and inspiring and do keep hold of that journal! It's a treasure worth keeping. : )
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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LittleDiggles Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
This is one of the best things I have ever seen. Hand on heart. A journal like that, with all those drawings in that you've done over time in a complete book. I'm sure you will treasure it always :D
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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TerraxLorche Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
COOL! So that's where the 'Human' Doctor came from. I always thought the doctor was trying to 're-invent' the time lords. I support my claim by pointing out that the episode where the 'last human', whose name I can not remember, the 'trampoline' I've heard her called <lol> takes over Rose's body and sets loose all the plague patients in the hospital warrens. The Doctor admires the 'birth of a new race - one with two hearts' Now ain't that just a little coincidental? It would also explain WHY he's SO into human history... Or I could be completely missing the point... But then why did Gallofree show up in Earth's orbit... :o?

I Started watching Dr Who at 4 who was my favorite until 9, then very quickly replaced by 10 and stopped watching at 10. I prefer watching whole seasons in order, keeps me sane... loll. But even so, I think I missed a season... When I get enough money I'll buy the seasons I'm missing. I DO want them to keep making one of my favorite shows after all... :D

Sorry lost track there... This journal is a nice rendition as it's a personal piece and I think a bit of self made fandom is cool. But I still think they ought to make a published piece like they did for the Jedi Handguide.
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HatFoxProductions Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is a really great project!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you think so! Thank you! <3
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MariaPereira Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student General Artist
I just LOVE this!
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:iconnaturalshocks:
naturalshocks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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MariaPereira Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Welcome ~:D
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dinorarr Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist
This is such a great concept! I love the whole series! Fantastic ;)
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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regina-luporum Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love your idea! You're doing a great job!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it, thank you! :heart:
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Hikari129 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea! Love it! :nod:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Tsume-pazur Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
What you are doing is really awesome. I must say the original version is rubbish, when I see your drawings. Can't wait for another pages!
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eu42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Photographer
Very interesting and tough-to-do idea. I appreciate this project. I like stuff like this that worth to do.So good luck with it :)
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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eu42 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student Photographer
Very interesting and tough-to-do idea. I appreciate this project. I like stuff like this that worth to do.So good luck wit it :)
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CallMeInez Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011
the journal is just AWESOME! in my opinion it's even better than the original! Well, that's mostly because I LOVE your style <3 <3
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:XD: Thanks!
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goshusuedo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your version of the journal, and you're very good at drawing. Would you mind if I try to make something similar with this concept? :) If I can do it, I'll show you the result if you wish.
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:iconnaturalshocks:
naturalshocks Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

It's not like I own the rights to this idea, so go ahead! :P
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Garanta Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011   Traditional Artist
OhmyfreakinglordinheavenandinhellstuffiesTHISISSOAWESOME :wow:
LUFITTOBITS :D
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aiholic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm beginning to dig the Moleskin sketch book are the pages initially that yellow-y? I love textures like that and while I add them in photoshop drawing on the real thing feels much nicer. Does it cost much? And this journal project is so fun to look at; I enjoyed looking at the quotes at the bottom of the drawings=)
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)

Yup, they are rather yellow-y. I've got 2 Moleskine Sketchbooks, one of them is older (100 pages) and it's pages are actually more yellow than in the newer one (104 pages). I guess they're a bit more expensive than regular sketchbooks, especially when you buy them from a store (they're around £8-9 on eBay, though), some even say they're rather overpriced, but I love the paper and the elegant simplicity. :P
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aiholic Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.O that is rather pricey but yes I do agree on the simplicity of it so it might be worth it. Knowing me I'll go for the older one; my notebooks all look moth-eaten and faded:D
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Hallarhoswen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Seda oli väga vahva lugeda! Igatahes edu! :love:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Väga hea. :lol: Ma just mõtlesin, et neile, kes teavad, mis värk on, on see suht igav lugeda. :P Aitäh! :hug:
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Hallarhoswen Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Ei, väga põnev. Pani kohe rohkem kaasa elama :D.
Ptv :hug:
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Zhifay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
You are so cool for making this, sounds like an outstanding project. Good luck with it :boogie:
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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Zhifay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
:blowkiss:
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tapena Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the explanation :)
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. :aww:
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NikiMuffin Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love you project :) its a really great idea ^^
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :la: :hug:
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thenizu Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
This project is seriously marvellous, I love it to bits as well <3

My moleskine is super envious, she (!!) would totally prefer to be yours XD I've a question! *raisehand* Which kind of moleskine is the one you're using? I mean, there are many different kind of papers...
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:

:XD: I'm not very sure she'd (aww, does she have a name, too? :flirty: I name my stuff all the time, though I haven't named any of my Molys >_>, now there's a thought for the future) like to be mine. That Moly has suffered a lot. It's constantly falling off my desk and it looks pretty rugged up close. :P

That one is Moleskine Sketchbook, large (13 x 21 cm).
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Tana-Mera Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I do love your work! I got my daughter the Journal of Impossible Things last Christmas and we've both enjoyed it but I have to say, I like your drawings better. I realize everyone has a different "eye" for what they like but your drawings seem to be "cleaner" and almost like a photograph. I really like that effect. Enjoying your efforts and thanks so much for sharing!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'm flattered. :lol: Thank you! :aww:
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rieta Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think i love your version. It's, like..made of awesomeness. Your style is really clean respect the original but it's still..Fantastic. As i've always told you, if you'll ever sell a copy of it i'll buy it xD
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :love:
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Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Could you direct me to some page where I can download all Doctor Who series? If that exists and if you know of it, of course. I would be very grateful.
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Try this, I think you can also download the episodes there: [link]
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Zmaj-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much. :)
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snow-jemima Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Awesome :B Just thought of getting a moly and doing something similar with my pirate island concept... just a thought there :dummy:

Always a pleasure to see your new journal drawings!
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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:woohoo: Go for it! :highfive: I'm certainly interested of what you'll come up with. :eager:
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