WhoSprites
For Animated Doctor Who Reconstructions
By Garrett Gilchrist

Not for commercial use

There are 108 lost episodes of Doctor Who. Let's bring them back.

This artwork was created by Garrett Gilchrist. Doctor Who is copyright the BBC, and no infringement is intended. These images are not intended for commercial use or profit.

Do not use without permission. If you would like to use my artwork in a legitimate animation of a lost Doctor Who episode, write me at tygerbug at yahoo.com with a sample of what you're capable of. If I approve your project, I will provide the necessary materials.


I've posted "chroma layer" JPEGs for all the characters who have been colorized so far. In Photoshop, you can combine these images with the line art to get a complete color version of the image.

I used to post my actual Photoshop files, but these are now becoming so huge (due to using color, larger image sizes etc) that I can't do that. If you'd like to do a large project using these images and would like my Photoshop files, you can write me to request a data DVD containing all the WhoSprites images and everything.

The chroma layer is the most important part of the Photoshop files, and should suffice even if you're doing something complex.

Here's a long tutorial if you want to know how these chroma layer files are supposed to be used.

They are called either "chroma layer" or "color layer." You will also see "grey layer"s. Or "greyscale layer"s.

I used to call the greyscale layers "color layers," and the color layers "chroma layers," but now I call the grey layers "grey layers" and the color layers "color layers."

The chroma layer images, like my previous "color layer" (greyscale layer) images, are the greyscale (and now color) information created for the image, but without the line art on top of it. We see a smooth, and rather creepy looking, version of the character with blank eyes etc.

The idea is that this version of the character is slightly generic and so can be used, with minor changes, for every line art version of the character I've drawn in a sequence (with different eyes, mouths, faces).

So, to use it:

Open both this and a line art image of the character up in Photoshop.

Copy/Paste them both into the same document, on different layers. Change the Blending Mode of one of the layers to "Darken."

Voila! The line art and the greyscale/color art are combined!

However, there's still a bit more to do.

I use a "blurred line art" layer to integrate the line art and the greyscale work together better.

Make a duplicate layer of the line art layer. Change Blending Mode to normal, and move this layer to the top. Change your foreground color to white. Choose Select Color Range, with a range of 200. You'll have selected all the white areas on the line art, not the black. Click Clear. You now have an image that's just the black areas of the line art, with the white areas transparent. Under blur, Gaussian Blur this layer, with a range of, oh, about 20 pixels. Change the transparency of this layer to about 50 to 80 percent, depending on your own preference.

The line art and the greyscale should now blend together much better.

Now you need to fill in the eyes, teeth, outline and sometimes tongue of the character. These elements are not included in the greyscale information because they change with every drawing.

Click the "Eye" icon next to your greyscale and "blurred line art" layer, to make them invisible for now. You only want to see the line art, black on white, for now.

Start a new layer above everything else.

Your foreground color should still be white. You'll now be bucket filling white onto the whites of the eyes, and teeth. If the eyes don't have outlines around them suitable for bucket filling, use a black pen or line tool to draw outlines around them on another layer. The outlines don't need to look good, as you'll be deleting this layer afterward.

Anyway, on your blank layer, you're doing a bucket fill. Select "use all layers" for bucket filling, and on your blank layer, bucket fill in the eyes and teeth with white. If there's a tongue, or an outline around the eyes, bucket fill them in with the appropriate color (Dark pink, and dark brown or blue). Then make this layer slightly transparent - between 30 and 80 percent.

If you did a second layer with outlines around the eyes, delete this layer now.

Okay, now start a new blank layer, and bucket fill in blue, on this layer, around the outline of the character.

Now click the eye icon next to all your hidden layers so that you can see them again.

You should now see a finished character.

Now, since every drawing of a character is similar but different, with different eyes, mouth, etc ... when you do this to every different drawing, you will need to make some changes to the chroma underlayer too, to make it match. I like to use the smudge tool (at hardness of zero, size of about 200 and opacity of about 80%) to move things around a little.



If you're doing many images in a row, as when I did Troughton, much of this work can actually be automated using Photoshop's "Record Actions" tool. Not bucket filling the eyes and teeth, but pretty much everything else you can record yourself doing once and play it back.







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This artwork was created by Garrett Gilchrist. Doctor Who is copyright the BBC, and no infringement is intended. These images are not intended for commercial use or profit.

Would you like to join our team? You can get permission from artist Garrett Gilchrist to join us in animating and use this art in animated work, as long as you give credit to Garrett Gilchrist and WhoSprites and the BBC, and as long as you are legitimately using it to animate lost Doctor Who episodes from the Troughton and Hartnell eras for no profit. You can write me at tygerbug (at) yahoo.com. You must be over 18, and your work must be approved by Garrett Gilchrist before posting at Youtube or elsewhere. We reserve the right to approve or deny approval of individual projects depending on their quality. But if you can animate these images well, you can join our team!