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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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‘American Gothic’ Became Famous Because Many People Saw It as a Joke
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In 1930, Iowan artist Grant Wood painted a simple portrait of a farmer and his wife (really his dentist and sister) standing solemnly in front of an all-American farmhouse. American Gothic has since inspired endless parodies and is regarded as one of the country’s most iconic works of art. But when it first came out, few people would have guessed it would become the classic it is today. Vox explains the painting’s unexpected path to fame in the latest installment of the new video series Overrated.

According to host Phil Edwards, American Gothic made a muted splash when it first hit the art scene. The work was awarded a third-place bronze medal in a contest at the Chicago Art Institute. When Wood sold the painting to the museum later on, he received just $300 for it. But the piece’s momentum didn’t stop there. It turned out that American Gothic’s debut at a time when urban and rural ideals were clashing helped it become the defining image of the era. The painting had something for everyone: Metropolitans like Gertrude Stein saw it as a satire of simple farm life in Middle America. Actual farmers and their families, on the other hand, welcomed it as celebration of their lifestyle and work ethic at a time when the Great Depression made it hard to take pride in anything.

Wood didn’t do much to clear up the work’s true meaning. He stated, "There is satire in it, but only as there is satire in any realistic statement. These are types of people I have known all my life. I tried to characterize them truthfully—to make them more like themselves than they were in actual life."

Rather than suffering from its ambiguity, American Gothic has been immortalized by it. The country has changed a lot in the past century, but the painting’s dual roles as a straight masterpiece and a format for skewering American culture still endure today.

Get the full story from Vox below.

[h/t Vox]

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Get Your GIFs Ready for This International Public Domain GIF-Making Competition
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“Dissension” by Tobias Rothe. Original image courtesy Fondazione Federico Zeri/Università di Bologna // CC-BY 3.0

Excellent GIF-making skills can serve you beyond material for your clever tweets. Each year, a group of four digital libraries from across the world hosts GIF IT UP, a competition to find the best animated image sourced from public domain images from their archives.

The competition is sponsored by Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), New Zealand’s DigitalNZ, and the National Library of Australia’s Trove, all of which host millions of public domain works. The requirements are that the source material must be in the public domain, have a 'no known copyright restrictions' statement, or have a Creative Commons license that allows its reuse. The material must also come from one of the sponsored sources. Oh, and judging by the past winners, it helps if it’s a little whimsical.

The image above won the grand prize in 2015. And this was a runner-up in 2016:


This year’s prizes haven’t been announced yet (although Europeana says there will be a new one for first-time GIF makers), but last year’s grand prize winner got their own Giphoscope, and runners-up got $20 gift cards. (Turns out, there’s not a lot of money in public domain art.)

Not an expert GIFer yet? You can always revisit the audio version of DPLA’s advanced GIF-making tutorial from last year.

The fourth-annual GIF IT UP contest opens to submissions October 1.


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