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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
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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naturalshocks Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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