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Intelligent Tigers by easytheregenius Intelligent Tigers by easytheregenius
"I wish you could have seen him. He thinks he's a tiger, now. He's living out there with them. Walking around in the jungle with his shoes off. For all I know he's eating raw meat."

- The Year of Intelligent Tigers, by Kate Orman


This is one of my favourite Doctor Who novels, because it includes four of my favourite things. The Eighth Doctor, tigers, storms and classical music. Admittedly, the crown and the big chair are purely a compositional thing.

I never know which category to put my stuff in, because while I do all the tinting and souping in Photoshop, the sketch was three leads' worth of pure graphite and slog.
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Svenimal Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014   Photographer
I just finished the novel! Great work!
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I hope you enjoyed the book?
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Svenimal Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014   Photographer
One of the best with 8 so far :)
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QuazarShark Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Oh gosh, I have to read this!
The tinting you do makes this look totally unlike graphite, it's a really cool effect!
Personally I'd categorise this under mixed media if you feel like it's at least 50% digital, but eh, I don't really think it matters that much. ...also I just looked and apparently the Fanart category doesn't even have a mixed media subcategory? Well then.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much! (and yes, you do. Enjoy it. First time's always the best :D)

Yeah, I find it hard to categorize stuff under fanart quite a lot. 
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TerryLightfoot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Love it! That WAS a good book. Very fun idea for this! :-D
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D Always good to find another fan of this book!
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crazyartist12 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
featured!
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Spider-From-Mars Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Ah this makes me nostalgic; I've got the image of a huge crowd of "Tigers" meowing to Beethoven now!
Love the style you've got going on with this one! He even looks a little cat-like there (Gods - you like 2 of my favourite Doctors! Rush and Eight, both of whom are rather niche)
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why thankyou :) Despite the moaning I did about it on Tumblr while I was wrestling with linework, this one is now actually one of my own favourites.

And the world needs more people who like #8 and Rush! They are both fantastic Doctors, albeit in very different ways. 

If Rush was The Doctor, he'd probably be Sylvester McCoy. :P
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Spider-From-Mars Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I think it might be how dreamlike it's come out (Says the person who gave up on drawing years ago...) somehow the whole atmosphere just makes me think of the book, and the desert area. Yeah - I really like it!

I think the pair of them would make an unlikely if terrifyingly effective team!

Surely Rush would be more a McGann; a lot of fans claim he doesn't count because he was in the version of Doctor Who they don't like! :p (Eek or maybe a Shalka!Doctor)
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...I have this horrible desire to draw something to illustrate that last point of yours.
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Spider-From-Mars Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Ooh - if you do draw something I'd love to see the result! Depressing though the source idea is...
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Arcalian Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Yeah, I remember that book, great art.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much! :)
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crazyartist11 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow...
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it :)
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vulcangirl14 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
I almost bought this book, but decided against it, now I wish I had....
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I rather like Kate Orman's writing style, so I bought almost all of her Doctor Who books. Plus, tigers. Who can resist intelligent tigers? :D
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oooh, very cool. I need to read me this novel someday.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! And yes, I recommend it. It's not your standard Doctor Who book, and I think it's inspired mixed reactions because of that, but I really enjoyed it, personally.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So I found the book online and read it. Took me a while to get into it, mostly because the characterization of the 8th Doctor is more alien than I'm used to from the Big Finish audios, but it turned into a fascinating story. Loved the tigers in there, even Longbody. And I loved the Doctor's ultimate resolution--for once, he doesn't save the planet. He forces everyone to work together to save it themselves. Brilliant.

And I mourned for Bounce.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I'm very glad you read it! Agree exactly: it's a very Doctorish but non-standard canon Doctor solution. And I do like the alien-ness of book Eighth Doctor - it's something that's easy to forget about him because he's otherwise very empathic and "human" in this incarnation.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Normally I prefer the more alien incarnations of the Doctor. It puts the character one step above the rest of us. But the 8th Doctor's particular persona is the romantic with the acerbic wit... book-8 lacked that appeal.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't think there's any such thing as a "standard" Doctor Who tale. Experimentation and the unorthodox are the very natures of  the franchise.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's absolutely true - I suppose what I was thinking of was the going beyond the John Peel - Terrance Dicks-ish "monster-of-the-week" standard.

I do miss that in Doctor Who novels. I wish they'd go back to writing them for grownups again. 
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I tried reading "The Eight Doctors" once, but I couldn't get past the first chapter. It was written at a fourth grade level, if that.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, Such a shame that one was chosen as the launchpad for the Eighth Doctor's novels.  That book is a classic example of Terrance Dicks' writing style. Lacks depth and any attempt at surprising the reader. 

I prefer the things by Paul Cornell, Mark Gatiss, Lawrence Miles, Kate Orman, Lloyd Rose. They may wander into the weirdly mystical, but I rather like that about them. They have range
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, it's reassuring to know that's not the norm for the novels, thanks.

Gatiss... that names rings a bell. Hasn't he written for the TV series too?
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely he has! He's a lifelong Doctor Who fan and has also acted in the series. I first came across him when I started reading the Virgin Seventh Doctor Adventures.
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Weaselon Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haven't read the novel, but your tigers are magnificent!
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou very much :)
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PetraMarieHalliwell Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny thing, I sorta had this in my head. The scenario, anyway.
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Random Long-Haired Gallifreyan With Big Cats"?

...it's a classic scenario. I am so tempted to draw the Fifth Doctor surrounded by cheetahs. And the Ninth, by wolves :)
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PetraMarieHalliwell Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, cool. c:
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Betawhofic Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Cool! I always wanted a good illustration for that novel and this is so completely perfect! Thank you!
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well thankyou! I do like the book a great deal. The only thing I wish I'd thought to put in this picture is a violin. I used to play the violin myself so it would have been nostalgic.
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ewigestudentin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tigers are magnificient *wow*
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easytheregenius Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou :D I was meant to be practicing human beings (or at least Gallifreyans :P ): as you know with me it always comes back to animals. I had more fun drawing those four tigers than is strictly necessary.
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