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All the Doctors Seen in 10 Completely Different Ways

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Peter Capaldi plays the 12th Doctor of the Doctor Who series, but some fans count more of them, depending on whether you count John Hurt as the War Doctor and/or Peter Cushing as the movie Doctor. No matter how you count them, there are many artists and crafts folk who feel the need to have a complete set. And not only a complete set, but often a complete set reimagined in a different species or medium. Keep in mind that a “complete” set depends on not only how many Doctors one counts, but also whether a set was generated before the 12th Doctor was announced.

1. Dogs

DeviantART member tee-kyrin (Christie Cox) illustrated 13 “Dogtor” Whos, assigning a dog breed to each of the Doctors by looks and temperament. The breeds are greyhound, Boston terrier, sheepdog, flandoodle, yellow lab, cocker spaniel, Basset hound, Irish setter, schnauzer, Doberman pinscher, long-haired chihuahua, mutt, and Irish wolfhound.

Each incarnation also gets its own portrait. Shown here is the 4th Dogtor. See all of them all in tee-kyrin’s gallery

2. Cats

Scientific illustrator Jenny Parks reimagines a world of pop culture characters as cats. This is her Doctor Who series called Doctor Mew, with 13 cats as each of the Doctors. It’s for sale as a poster at Etsy. Parks also has collections of cats as Star Trek characters, comic book heroes, and movie casts. Check out her science illustrations, too. 

3. Owls

The Doctor Hoo pun has been around for as long as Doctor Who himself, but it’s still cute. DeviantART member pupukachoo put eleven Doctors as owls on one branch in this delightful painting. The design is available on a t-shirt

4. Bunnies

Illustrator Lar DeSouza imagined the Doctors as Velveteen Rabbits. Eleven of them exist together in one print called All the Bunnies, which is for sale.

5. Ducks

This one isn’t exactly a complete set of Doctors, but since we’ve done other animals, this illustration from Everything is Better with Ducks just seems to belong here. These ducks by Tea are modeled after the Tenth Doctor, a Dalek, and a TARDIS.

6. Easter Eggs

Christie Cox (who did the dogs) also made Easter eggs in the likenesses of eleven Doctors last year. She photographed them, and then ate them as deviled eggs.

7. Simpsonized

Dean at Springfield Punx renders many pop culture characters in the Matt Groening style of The Simpsons. He’s done each of the Doctors over time. This wallpaper shows twelve of them, the first eleven Doctors plus the War Doctor.

Dean later illustrated the twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the same style.

8. Women

Gladys at Rocket Surgery reimagined eleven Doctors as women in the series Time Ladies. As far as I know, the series would work just as well if the Doctor regenerated as a woman. See some of her other Doctor Who fan art

9. Charms

DeviantART member Cinnamonster made this awesome charm bracelet featuring eleven Doctors (plus a TARDIS) modeled of polymer clay and painted appropriately. It’s a one-of-a-kind artwork. As new Doctors are added to the canon, she can add more charms!

10. Amigurumi

Allison Hoffman at Crafty is Cool completed a commissioned collection of Doctor Who amigurumi figures, featuring the likenesses of eleven actors who've portrayed the Doctor as of 2012. At the site, you can see all the crocheted Doctors side-by-side with the TV version. One clever detail is that the first Doctor, from the early 60s, is crocheted in black, white, and gray, except for the skin tone, as the series was broadcast in black-and-white at that time. If you'd like to try this yourself, you can order the patterns from Hoffman's Etsy shop.

This post was inspired by my friend oneswellfoop.

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Ansel Adams

You probably know Ansel Adams—who was born on February 20, 1902—as the man who helped promote the National Park Service through his magnificent photographs. But there was a lot more to the shutterbug than his iconic, black-and-white vistas. Here are five lesser-known facts about the celebrated photographer.

1. AN EARTHQUAKE LED TO HIS DISTINCTIVE NOSE.

Adams was a four-year-old tot when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake struck his hometown. Although the boy managed to escape injury during the quake itself, an aftershock threw him face-first into a garden wall, breaking his nose. According to a 1979 interview with TIME, Adams said that doctors told his parents that it would be best to fix the nose when the boy matured. He joked, "But of course I never did mature, so I still have the nose." The nose became Adams' most striking physical feature. His buddy Cedric Wright liked to refer to Adams' honker as his "earthquake nose.

2. HE ALMOST BECAME A PIANIST.

Adams was an energetic, inattentive student, and that trait coupled with a possible case of dyslexia earned him the heave-ho from private schools. It was clear, however, that he was a sharp boy—when motivated.

When Adams was just 12 years old, he taught himself to play the piano and read music, and he quickly showed a great aptitude for it. For nearly a dozen years, Adams focused intensely on his piano training. He was still playful—he would end performances by jumping up and sitting on his piano—but he took his musical education seriously. Adams ultimately devoted over a decade to his study, but he eventually came to the realization that his hands simply weren't big enough for him to become a professional concert pianist. He decided to leave the keys for the camera after meeting photographer Paul Strand, much to his family's dismay.

3. HE HELPED CREATE A NATIONAL PARK.

If you've ever enjoyed Kings Canyon National Park in California, tip your cap to Adams. In the 1930s Adams took a series of photographs that eventually became the book Sierra Nevada: The John Muir Trail. When Adams sent a copy to Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, the cabinet member showed it to Franklin Roosevelt. The photographs so delighted FDR that he wouldn't give the book back to Ickes. Adams sent Ickes a replacement copy, and FDR kept his with him in the White House.

After a few years, Ickes, Adams, and the Sierra Club successfully convinced Roosevelt to make Kings Canyon a national park in 1940. Roosevelt's designation specifically provided that the park be left totally undeveloped and roadless, so the only way FDR himself would ever experience it was through Adams' lenses.

4. HE WELCOMED COMMERCIAL ASSIGNMENTS.

While many of his contemporary fine art photographers shunned commercial assignments as crass or materialistic, Adams went out of his way to find paying gigs. If a company needed a camera for hire, Adams would generally show up, and as a result, he had some unlikely clients. According to The Ansel Adams Gallery, he snapped shots for everyone from IBM to AT&T to women's colleges to a dried fruit company. All of this commercial print work dismayed Adams's mentor Alfred Stieglitz and even worried Adams when he couldn't find time to work on his own projects. It did, however, keep the lights on.

5. HE AND GEORGIA O'KEEFFE WERE FRIENDS.

Adams and legendary painter O'Keeffe were pals and occasional traveling buddies who found common ground despite their very different artistic approaches. They met through their mutual friend/mentor Stieglitz—who eventually became O'Keeffe's husband—and became friends who traveled throughout the Southwest together during the 1930s. O'Keeffe would paint while Adams took photographs.

These journeys together led to some of the artists' best-known work, like Adams' portrait of O'Keeffe and a wrangler named Orville Cox, and while both artists revered nature and the American Southwest, Adams considered O'Keeffe the master when it came to capturing the area. 

“The Southwest is O’Keeffe’s land,” he wrote. “No one else has extracted from it such a style and color, or has revealed the essential forms so beautifully as she has in her paintings.”

The two remained close throughout their lives. Adams would visit O'Keeffe's ranch, and the two wrote to each other until Adams' death in 1984.

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A Cartographer Is Mapping All of the UK’s National Parks, J.R.R. Tolkien-Style
Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park
Dan Bell

Cartographer Dan Bell makes national parks into fantasy lands. Bell, who lives near Lake District National Park in England, is currently on a mission to draw every national park in the UK in the style of the maps in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, Kottke.org reports.

The project began in September 2017, when Bell posted his own hand-drawn version of a Middle Earth map online. He received such a positive response that he decided to apply the fantasy style to real world locations. He has completed 11 out of the UK’s 15 parks so far. Once he finishes, he hopes to tackle the U.S. National Park system, too. (He already has Yellowstone National Park down.)

Bell has done various other maps in the same style, including ones for London and Game of Thrones’s Westeros, and he commissions, in case you have your own special locale that could use the Tolkien treatment. Check out a few of his park maps below.

A close-up of a map for Peak District National Park
Peak District National Park in central England
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Cairngorms National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Cairngorms National Park in Scotland
Dan Bell

A black-and-white illustration of Lake District National Park in the style of a 'Lord of the Rings' map.
Lake District National Park in England
Dan Bell

You can buy prints of the maps here.

[h/t Kottke.org]

All images by Dan Bell

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